Holder heroics not enough as Sunrisers horror season continues

Punjab Kings 125 for 7 (Markram 27, Holder 3-19) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 120 for 7 (Holder 46*, Bishnoi 3-24, Shami 2-14) by five runs

Punjab Kings kept their slim hopes of making the playoffs alive after a tidy bowling performance helped them defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring match between the two bottom-placed teams.

Mohammed Shami’s new-ball breakthroughs to remove David Warner and Kane Williamson hurt Sunrisers early in their chase of 126, after which they failed to find a batter who could change gears in the middle overs. Sunrisers made just 20 in the powerplay – their lowest score for the period in IPL history – and never recovered. Legspinner Ravi Bishnoi then made the most of the rising asking rate by bowling googlies and taking a three-wicket haul in his first match of the renewed season.

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Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx

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