Mishra spins Sunrisers to improbable win

The leg-spinner takes four in an over as Pune collapse to 11-run defeat.

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Spin is KingsPUNE:  Amit Mishra took out four wickets in an over, including a hat-trick, as Pune Warriors suffered a collapse of epic proportions to go down by 11 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Pune lost their last six wickets in 12 balls for just seven runs, losing after dominating 90 per cent of proceedings.

Set 120 to win, Pune survived clusters of dismissals on a difficult wicket to finally enter the last two overs needing 14 runs, with Angelo Mathews and Manish Pandey at the crease.

Mishra, who had earlier salvaged Sunrisers with an impressive 30, came in to bowl and had Mathews second ball, conceded a single to Pandey on the third, and then wiped out Bhuvneshwar Kumar (leg-before) before castling Rahul Sharma and Ashok Dinda, the latter with a perfectly disguised googly for a super hat-trick.

Bhuvi rocks

Bhuvneshwar (3/18) had allowed Pune to confine Hyderabad to 119, and openers Robin Uthappa (22) and Aaron Finch (16) got the home team tearing off the blocks.

Pune were going at nine runs per over when the openers fell on the same score to Perera. Tirumalasetti Suman (12) and Steve Smith (17) hung around patiently before leaving the scene of action. But it was Mitchell Marsh’s wicket that triggered the slide.

Marsh pulled Dale Steyn high into the air and was taken at square-leg  and in the next over Perera claimed his third in the form of Abhishek Nayar. Pune were 107/7 going into the 19th over, within which their fate did as big a volte face as any we’ve seen in recent cricket, thanks to Mishra's star turn.

Bad start

Sunrisers’ weak batting came back to haunt them again when Angelo Mathews asked them to bat as Bhuvneshwar’s precipitous swing reduced them to 17/4 within five overs. Debutant South African batsman Quinton de Kock was the first casualty when he struck Ashok Dinda to cover.

Dinda, for once, had a good opening spell and Hyderabad fell irremediably when Bhuvneshwar bowled Parthiv Patel (12) and Cameron White (0) off successive balls. Hanuma Vihari’s edge to slip threw Hyderabad into greater disarray.

Orissa Premier League star Biplab Samantray’s 37 provided the innings with its first installment of decency. Samantray pulled Mathews for four and deposited leg-spinner leggieSharma in the stands, before he was caught at long-off against the former.

The last five overs of Hyderabad’s innings yielded 44 as Amit Mishra and Ashish Reddy collaborated for 40 priceless runs. Mishra didn’t know then, but his stint with the ball – to Hyderabad’s massive benefit –was to far overshadow his heroics with the bat.