result
37th Match (N), Sharjah, Sep 25 2021, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 126)120/7
Punjab Kings won by 5 runs
Player Of The Match
47* (29) & 3/19
jason-holder
end of over 2011 runs
SRH: 120/7CRR: 6.00 
Jason Holder47 (29)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3 (4)
Nathan Ellis 4-0-32-0
Arshdeep Singh 4-0-22-1

That's it from our coverage today on a double-header Saturday. After a pretty one-sided affair between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, this one between Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad ends in a thriller. But don't forget to join us for two more games tomorrow! Until then, it is a goodbye from Raghav, Chandan, Sreshth and me, Himanshu!

Holder is the Player of the Match: "Tough loss. Halfway we were in the game. Left a little bit too much in the back end to do. It was good to get a good start [with the ball]. Credit to Suchith, he wasn't playing... [Hit more sixes than others?] That's how the game plays. We were behind the eight ball... I just wanted to give myself a chance and strike well. Obviously, we have five games left and these are important games for us... The fans are always behind us, so got to play for them."

Rahul, the winning captain: "Used to these games. Hope the TRP is up due to Punjab Kings. I'll take the win - nothing else to say. Holder played a phenomenal innings. He picked up two wickets in an over to get me and Mayank. He came and batted really well... There was no pace on the pitch. It was important for our team for Chris and others to get stuck in. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. It gives us the belief that if you put a decent total on the board, the pressure can make the opposition do funny things. Shami got two wickets... Lesson for batsmen would be to not play too many shots and understand it is not a 160-170 wicket. If anyone was set, we could have put 140. I think Harpreet is a brilliant all-round cricketer. He has finished games for us... He is not easy to hit or step under, and is a tall bowler. He is very difficult bowler to get away. Every time I go to him, he says, "Don't worry, I won't give away runs"..."

Substitute fielder Suchith gets the award for the best catch of the match

Time for the presentations

PCN: "Holder will not be adjudged so but Shami is my MoM, 17 dot balls out of 24 bowled is just pure awesome. Just 14 runs out of 4 overs that includes a six." --- Let us wait for that.

Hriyaansh Krish: "Holder has to be the Man Of The Match"

Punjab Kings are now in the fifth place in the points table.

Aqueel : "Its heartbreaking to see SRH struggling and already eliminated..once they were a very strong side.. SRH management needs to really look and back their star players.. Hopefully they will come back strong in next season like CSK did... "

Shafiq: "It nearly gave me a hearth attack but thank God, it ended the way I wanted it to be. I am a big fan of PBKS from Afghanistan! "

Here's Williamson after the defeat: "I think the bowling and fielding did a fantastic job. The surface was a tough one. We were certainly backing ourselves to get close. Brilliant individual effort from Jason Holder. It has been a frustrating season... We need to learn a few lessons from the first half. For us, it was about building a platform... It was quite a challenge. The games come think and fast... The challenge is to pick ourselves up and come back... Every team is a strong team. We know what it takes..."

9.36pm A tense win in the end, as Kings retain hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. Sunrisers are now eliminated from the race though. As Ask Cricinfo testifies, this is the lowest total a team has failed to chase in Sharjah in IPL. Massive effort from Holder in the end - not to forget he got 3 for 19 too - but Sunrisers were never really in the chase after losing Warner and Williamson cheaply. Bishnoi bagged 3 for 24 too, as Kings pocket two crucial points in the end.

19.6
1
Ellis to Holder, 1 run

low full-toss on off, and that is ballooned to long-on on the bounce! It was a slower ball - an offcutter - as Holder closed his bat face to try and lift that, but knew it was never going far. Kings win by five runs. This is now the lowest IPL score defended in Sharjah

Holder looks around to check the field now, with long-off right behind the bowler

James : "Win or lose, this has been a wonderful all round effort by Holder. "

And Mayank keeps chatting until the last moment...

Can Holder strike a six to tie the game? Rahul, Mayank and Shami all have a word for Ellis

19.5
2
Ellis to Holder, 2 runs

steps across off to this fullish ball wide of off, and slashes to long-off from the inside half of the bat

Down to single figures now for Sunrisers

19.5
1w
Ellis to Holder, 1 wide

very full and wide of off. Really far from the batter, and wide is called

10 needed from 2

19.4
Ellis to Holder, no run

yorker length ball on off, and drilled to long-on. Holder refuses the single after Bhuvi is down for a run

19.3
Ellis to Holder, no run

short delivery and wide of off. Slower ball too, with good bounce there. Holder waits ages for it, before dabbing it to point

10 off 4

19.2
6
Ellis to Holder, SIX runs

cracked over long-on! Holder keeping Sunrisers alive here. Free swing of the arms to this good length ball on off, as Holder rams that after clearing his front leg

Shahed: "How often is the 19th over touted as crucial in tight chases and here we have Arshdeep delivering it wonderfully well."

19.1
1b
Ellis to Bhuvneshwar, 1 bye

on a good length outside off, and Bhuvi has a swing away from his body. It was a slower ball, as Bhuvi is beaten. But they still sneak in a bye, as Rahul misses his throw at the stumps at his end

Ellis has the ball. Over the wicket

17 required in the final over. Ummm...

end of over 194 runs • 1 wicket
SRH: 109/7CRR: 5.73 RRR: 17.00 • Need 17 runs from 6b
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3 (3)
Jason Holder38 (24)
Arshdeep Singh 4-0-22-1
Mohammed Shami 4-1-14-2
18.6
1
Arshdeep Singh to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

yorker length ball on his pads, and Bhuvi clips that to fine leg with his front leg out of the way

18.5
2
Arshdeep Singh to Bhuvneshwar, 2 runs

makes room, and goes inside out! Finds the gap between long-off and deep point, as he lofts that good length ball on middle and off. Nice use of the wrists. Looked like they wanted only a single initially, but settle for two

18.4
Arshdeep Singh to Bhuvneshwar, no run

short delivery to the new batter, and Bhuvi misses his late ramp. Again Arshdeep gets good bounce, as this one is pitched just outside off and Bhuvi is beaten

Bhuvneshwar on strike now. Arshdeep remains over the stumps

18.3
1
Arshdeep Singh to Holder, 1 run

full delivery in the driving length just outside off, and he drives to deep point with the full face of the bat for a single

Asanka: "It is joy to see how win percentage changes in each delivery and boundary. Good add on to the show. Well done cricinfo." --- Much thanks!

18.2
Arshdeep Singh to Holder, no run

goes for the much fuller ball on off, which is angling away as Holder thinks of a poke, but withdraws his bat in the end

Bhuvi is the new man, but Holder on strike for Sunrisers. Arshdeep continues from over the wicket

18.1
W
Arshdeep Singh to Rashid Khan, OUT

goes for the pull to this short ball, but skies that to Arshdeep! Rashid makes room to this ball pitched on off, with Arshdeep getting good bounce too. Rashid gets a top edge, as all the bowler has to do is take a few steps to his right and sit under it

Rashid Khan c & b Arshdeep Singh 3 (12m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75

And guess what? Our forecaster gives both sides a 50% chance from here.

21 needed from 12 now. Still anybody's game.