SRH vs PBKS IPL 2023: Who won today’s IPL Match? Check Man of the Match Award Winner

Published on: Apr 9, 2023 10:59 pm IST|Updated on: Apr 9, 2023 11:29 pm IST

SRH vs PBKS IPL 2023

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have finally opened their account in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) season having registered a pretty convincing 8-wicket victory over the Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. This is the first victory for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 16th edition of Indian Premier League. The victory has come after two poor back-to-back losses and SRH have now climbed to the eighth position on the points table.

SRH vs PBKS IPL 2023: Who won today’s IPL Match? Check Man of the Match Award Winner

For the Sunrisers Hyderabad, while playing his first match of IPL 2023 for a new franchise, right-arm leg spinner Mayank Markande was the star performer having bowled a superb spell of 4 for 15 from his quota of four overs. He dismissed the likes of Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Rahul Chahar and Nathan Ellis as he never really allowed the Punjab Kings to find any momentum with the bat. Despite, Markande’s brilliant four-wicket haul, it was Shikhar Dhawan’s stellar efforts of 99 not out which stood out and thus, he was given the Man of the Match award in the SRH vs PBKS IPL 2023 match. It was that rare occasion when the Player of the Match was awarded to Dhawan who belonged to the losing side.

SRH vs PBKS: Markande and Tripathi combined efforts guide SRH to first win in IPL 2023

During the first innings, the Punjab Kings had a horrible start at the top as they ended up losing as many as three wickets of Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short and Jitesh Sharma in the first four overs with only 22 runs on the scoreboard. The Punjab Kings kept on losing wickets at one end as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s debutant leg-spinner Mayank Markande bowled a wonderful spell especially during the middle-overs where he picked up as many as four crucial wickets and conceded just 15 runs in his quota of four overs. However, Punjab Kings captain Shikhar Dhawan seemed to have playing on another wicket as he kept on smashing his shots which helped the scoreboard moving.

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At one situation, Shikhar almost ran out of partners as Punjab Kings collapsed to 88 for 9, but the senior Indian opener never really lost his calm and contributed with a stunning unbeaten knock of 99 runs off 66 balls that included 12 fours and 5 sixes to help PBKS reach a fighting total of 143 for 9 in their 20 overs. For the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the pace duo of Umran Malik and Marco Jansen also took two wickets each.

In the run-chase, the Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to promote Harry Brook at the opening position but he once again failed to grab the opportunity as Punjab Kings’ left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh bowled a fantastic delivery to clean bowled the England batsman. SRH’s other opener Mayank Agarwal also failed to convert his start of 21 runs after which the duo of Rahul Tripathi and skipper Aiden Markram batted really well. Tripathi notched up an excellent unbeaten innings of 74 runs off just 48 balls that consisted of 10 fours and 3 sixes while Markram too remained 37 not out. The duo stitched an amazing century partnership to help the Sunrisers Hyderabad pick up their first win of IPL 2023 with as many as 17 balls to spare.

IPL 2023 Point table

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied NR Pts NRR
Rajasthan Royals 3 2 1 0 0 4 +2.067
Kolkata Knight Riders 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.375
Lucknow Super Giants 3 2 0 0 0 4 +1.358
Gujarat Titans 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.700
Chennai Super Kings 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.356
Punjab Kings 3 2 1 0 0 4 -0.235
Royal Challengers Bangalore 2 1 1 0 0 0 -1.256
Sunrisers Hyderabad 3 1 2 0 0 2 -1.502
Mumbai Indians 2 0 2 0 0 0 -1.394
Delhi Capitals 3 0 3 0 0 0 -2.092

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