Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers comfortably as they chased 158 with 29 balls left.
The final game of the group stage of IPL 2022 saw Sunrisers Hyderabad match Punjab Kings at Wankhede Stadium. With all playoff berths already locked the previous night, both sides looked to a mid-table finish in a dead rubber after racking up 12 points each.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the side in the absence of Kane Williamson, and he made two changes as Romario Shepherd and Jagadeesha Suchith were included in the XI. Mayank Agarwal also made a few changes when the Punjab side decided to give a few fringe players opportunities. Prerak Mankad was included in the XI as the all-rounder got a debut from Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers comfortably as they chased 158 with 29 balls left. Liam Livingstone was again the man of the hour as the powerful batter fired 49 runs from 22 balls and went unbeaten. The chase got off to a fast start as Punjab continued with their all-out attack approach. Harpreet Brar was the star of the show with the ball and was named Player of the Match when the left arm spinner finished with the numbers 3/26.
Punjab Kings end the season on a happy note
Meanwhile, Livingstone walked at bat after skipper Mayank Agarwal left in the eighth with a score of 71/3. Sunrisers had a chance to get rid of the dangerous right-hander, but Washington Sundar dropped a dolly to give the Englishman a reprieve. Prerak Mankad sealed the win for Punjab when the debutant hit a four on the first delivery of the 16th skip.
Previously, Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and chose to bat first as the field was expected to help the spinners as the game progressed. Priyam Garg, who led off with Abhishek Sharma, fell early to Kagiso Rabada in the third over. Rahul Tripathi and Abhishek Sharma kept the Sunriser’s innings going as the pair added 47 runs in 35 balls.
Abhishek Sharma caught up Tripathic as the leading points scorer for SRH this season as the southpaw scored an impressive 43 before being caught at the border by Liam Livingstone. SRH faltered at 96/5 after losing Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram in quick succession. But the pair of Washington Sundar and Romario Shepherd struck up a 58-run partnership when SRH finished with a respectable score of 157/8. Unfortunately for SRH it was not nearly enough.
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