KL Rahul (PBKS): I hope so, we are playing some entertaining cricket and have been doing for the last two or three years, but I'll take the win. He (Holder) played exceedingly well. First with the ball, taking those two wickets in an over and then batted really well, on a track where it was difficult to play the big shots. We wanted to get another 20-30 more runs but we'll take the win. It gives us a belief that no matter what the situation is, our bowlers can get the opposition out if we get a decent score. Shami to start of, bowled really well, getting two big batters in Warner and Williamson. Made it easier for our spinners to settle into a nice line and length. Lesson for the batsmen would be to realise that it's not a 160-170 surface, if we had built a few partnerships, we could have got to 140-150. He (Harpreet) has been good for us, he can do everything. Has finished some games for us, also gives us control with the ball and great in the field. Everytime I go to him, he tells me 'Paaji (Brother) don't worry, I won't leak runs'. That's his attitude.
Kane Williamson (SRH): The bowling unit, fielding unit did a fantastic job. Certainly the surface was a tough one. Required partnership and we were certainly backing ourselves to get close. It took a brilliant individual performance in both halfs from Jason Holder, especially with the bat to keep the match competitive. It's (SRH) a proud franchise, frustrating season. We do need to look for areas to improve. We try to learn from the first half of the game. Punjab tried to come out attacking like it usually happens in T20s. But playing shots was challenging. For us it was about looking to build platforms. It was quite a challenge to pounce on them without losing wickets.The games come thick and fast. We need to come to the next game with fresh eyes and freedom. We will try and put in the best. Smart cricket needs to be played with different surfaces.
Punjab Kings won by 5 runs
Over 19.6 Nathan Ellis slips in a full toss to Jason Holder,1 run, gets forward and checks his drive and spoons it straight up towards long-on
Over 19.5 Nathan Ellisbowls a pitched up deliveryto Jason Holder, 2 runs, get an inside edge through mid-wicket. They scamper through for a couple.
Over 19.5: Wide ball. Nathan Ellis to Jason Holder,
Over 19.4 Nathan Ellisbowls a pitched up deliveryto Jason Holder, no run, gets forward and drill it down to long-on. They started for the single but then Holder declined it. Right call probably
Over 19.3 Nathan Ellis bowls a slower one to Jason Holder, no run, gets waits and waits and waits, and then cuts but still can't beat backward point
Over 19.2 Nathan Ellisbowls a pitched up deliveryto Jason Holder,Six! Sts back and flat-bats this with brute force. Just enough to clear long-on.
Over 19.1 Nathan Ellisbowls a good length deliveryto Bhuvneshwar Kumar,1 bye, gets forward and slashes and misses, and then scampers across for the bye.
End of Over 19 (4 runs) Hyderabad XI 109/7
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/3 Arshdeep Singh 4-0-22-1 Jason Holder 38/24
Over 18.6 Arshdeep Singhbowls a pitched up deliveryto Bhuvneshwar Kumar,1 run, gets forward and squeezes it out off the inside half to fine leg. Just a single
Over 18.5 Arshdeep Singh bowls a back of length delivery to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 2 runs, sits on the back foot and slaps it over extra cover. Would have been four on most days but the outfield has been slow
Over 18.4 Arshdeep Singhbowls it short of lengthto Bhuvneshwar Kumar, no run, gets back in the crease and tries to cut it away but it has simply no pace for him to do so. Misses
Over 18.3 Arshdeep Singhbowls a pitched up deliveryto Rashid Khan,1 run, gets forward and drives it along the ground through cover for a single.
Over 18.2 Arshdeep Singhbowls a good length deliveryto Rashid Khan, no run, gets forward to push at it but is beaten
Over 18.1 Arshdeep Singhbowls a good length deliveryto Rashid Khan, out Caught&Bowled!! , Rashid wants to pull this away but can only manage a huge top edge. Straight up and Arshdeep himself calls for it, ambling across to his right to pouch this at the mid-wicket region
End of Over 18 (9 runs) Hyderabad XI 105/6
Rashid Khan 3/3 Mohammed Shami 4-1-14-2 Jason Holder 37/22