Home Cricket News [WATCH] Bhuvneshwar Kumar Traps Rovman Powell Before The Stumps On The Final Ball

[WATCH] Bhuvneshwar Kumar Traps Rovman Powell Before The Stumps On The Final Ball

[WATCH] Bhuvneshwar Kumar Traps Rovman Powell Before The Stumps On The Final Ball

Bhuvneshwar Kumar of Sunrisers Hyderabad clinched the dismissal of Rajasthan Royals’ dynamic batsman, Rovman Powell, on the last ball of the IPL 2024 match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday, May 2, concluding an exhilarating contest.

Powell’s dismissal on the last ball with two runs needed meant that SRH secured a victory by the narrowest margin, marking the Royals’ first defeat away from home and their first loss while chasing in IPL 2024.

Powell’s aggressive running on the penultimate delivery, following a low full-toss through the leg side, narrowed the equation to two runs off the final ball. In the decisive delivery, Bhuvneshwar Kumar aimed for the block hole with another low full-toss. However, Powell failed to make contact, leading to a clear LBW decision.

Despite some uncertainty about RR’s remaining reviews, the third umpire reviewed the decision. The replays confirmed what was evident in real-time: the ball hit the stumps directly, confirming Powell’s dismissal and SRH’s close victory.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar shone brightly with the ball, playing a significant part in SRH’s successful defence of the total. The seasoned pacer made an impact early, claiming the wickets of Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson in his first over. With skipper Pat Cummins delivering a great second-to-last over, Bhuvneshwar was given the responsibility of protecting 13 runs in the last over.

RR’s prior defeat in IPL 2024 also occurred on the final delivery

The close defeat to SRH halts Rajasthan’s four-game winning streak. Their previous loss was against the Gujarat Titans (GT), which was also decided on the final delivery. In that match, GT successfully chased down a huge 197-run target, with Rashid Khan hitting a boundary off Avesh Khan on the last ball in Jaipur.

“We have played some really close games this season, won a couple of them and lost this one. Credit to the SRH bowlers for the way they fought back. The margin of errors is very less in the IPL. The game is never done till it is done. It was tough to bat against the new ball and when it got old, it became easier,” the Royals skipper Samson said at the end of the contest.

This victory marks SRH’s return to winning form following back-to-back losses to the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in recent matches.

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