Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered their fifth defeat at home this season as Lucknow Super Giants stunned the hosts in Hyderabad on Saturday. Having been on the backfoot for the major part of the run chase, the Super Giants clawed back in the last five overs to pull off a seven-wicket victory.
Nicholas Pooran justified his Rs 16 crore billing, playing the lead role in their chase. A target of 183 was certainly not easy on a track that got slower as the match progressed.
However, Pooran (44 not out off 13 balls) along with Prerak Mankad (64 not out off 45 balls) and Marcus Stoinis (40 off 25 balls) helped the Super Giant get past the target with four balls to spare.
The Super Giants now have 13 points from 12 games and are now in fourth spot behind Gujarat Titans (16 points), CSK (15 points) and Mumbai Indians (14 points). However, they will have to win their next two games to have an assured berth in the last four stage.
The Sunrisers looked in control till the 15th over as the Super Giants crawled to 114 for 2, needing 68 from five overs. However, Aiden Markram’s decision to give an extra over to part-time left-arm spinner Abhishek Sharma, who was walloped for five sixes in the 16th over, proved costly.
Stoinis thumped him for two sixes before being holed out at deep extra cover boundary. But Pooran came in and hit three sixes to completely change the equation.
Credit should be given to Saurashtra’s Mankad, who struggled to get going during the middle overs but later showed intent, hitting a straight six off T. Natarajan.
Earlier, Heinrich Klaasen and Abdul Samad took Sunrisers to a competitive 182 for 6 after opting to bat first.