David Warner has enhanced his leadership qualities with some stellar captain's displays to keep his Sunrisers Hyderabad side on course for a second successive Indian Premier League (IPL) triumph. Ben Stokes proved full valuable for the price he was got in auction and has picked 12 wickets while scoring 306 runs as well.
Rising Pune Supergiant will head into this week's Indian Premier League play-offs without star all-rounder Ben Stokes after he was recalled to England's one-day worldwide squad. We lost a wicket first ball and never recovered.
"(Before) the last over I did not come to the bowler (Mohit), they (Mohit, Glenn Maxwell) were discussing that (Kieron) Pollard was hitting well, but he was exhausted, so if he was bowled a yorker, it would be tough for him", Saha said.
But Pollard and Hardik Pandya (30 off 13 balls) had other ideas as they smoked 55 runs in 3.3 overs to bring MI back in the game.
"The thing about worldwide cricket is that you never really get to know the guys you play against", Stokes said to The Telegraph.
The all-rounder is heading home as England prepare for the Champions Trophy, but his team will go on to the next stage after claiming victory in a winner-takes-all encounter with the Kings XI Punjab.
Saha, who also has a century in the 2014 IPL final, struck 11 boundaries and three sixes to anchor the innings. He shared 50-plus partnerships with Martin Guptill (36), Glenn Maxwell (47) and Shaun Marsh (25) to help Kings XI Punjab post a mammoth total. When the two teams square off on Sunday, the equation is pretty simple for Glenn Maxwell's team.
"Yes, we will definitely miss Stokesy because he has done really well for us in both batting and bowling as well as in fielding". Guptill and Morgan were the senior most experienced players, but none of them batted at least 12-15 overs.
Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who has played a major role in Pune's redemption in the second half of the tournament, produced an edge off Wriddhiman Saha's bat in the third over of Punjab's innings. "Manan, Saha clicked in one match and that was it, no major consistency and that hurt us".
Guptill was in his element hitting a towering six over long off Malinga.
The Australian took Harbhajan Singh for three sixes in a brutal opening over from the veteran spinner, but was bowled just shy of a half-century, attempting to flick Jasprit Bumrah behind square.
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