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Went nuts when no-ball siren went off, says Phillips after SRH win thriller vs RR

By India Today Sports Desk: Glenn Phillips had done his job, giving SunRisers Hyderabad a ray of hope in their mammoth chase of 215 against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday, May 7 in Jaipur. The visiting side looked down and out after they were reduced to 174 for 5 in a sensational 18th over from Yuzvendra Chahal, who became the joint-leading wicket-taker in IPL history after his 4 for 29.

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SunRisers Hyderabad lost well-set Rahul Tripathi and Heinrich Klaasen in the 18th over and they looked down and out, needing 41 runs in 12 balls.

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However, Glenn Phillips, playing his first match of IPL 2023 after SunRisers Hyderabad dropped Harry Brook, got into the act, hitting 3 sixes and a boundary in rookie pacer Kuldip Yadav's over. Phillips got out in the penultimate delivery of the over but he had brought down the equation with a sensational blitz.

SunRisers needed 17 runs in the final over and Abdul Samad and Marco Jansen were to face Sandeep Sharma, who proved his death-bowling prowess earlier in the season when he defended 19 against MS Dhoni in Chennai.

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And it looked like Sandeep had done it again as Abdul Samad hit the final delivery straight into the hands of Jos Buttler at long-off when SRH needed 5 runs in the last ball. However, there was a twist in the tale in the dramatic final over as Sandeep's final delivery was called a no-ball.

The emotions in the two camps changed dramatically as Samad hit the final legal delivery into the stands, helping SunRisers pull off a sensational win and register their highest-successful chase.

Phillips, who was watching the madness unfold in another last-over thriller in the IPL, said he buried his head into a towel and was not able to watch the proceedings when the no-ball siren went off.

"Oh, my goodness! When that when off, I had a towel in mind and I think buried my face in it and said 'not another one'. When that siren went off, everybody went absolutely nuts," Phillips told Jio Cinema.

"It was obviously a bit of commotion as we had to figure out whether they ran two or we needed 4 off the last ball. At the end of the day, I was like 'cricket is going to be what cricket is going to be'. If the next ball goes out of the park, that's what it was meant to be. You sometimes need a little bit of luck in cricket," he added.

'SPECIAL VICTORY'

The New Zealand power-hitter credited the entire batting unit for stepping up and delivering in their must-win match.

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Young Abhishek Sharma and Impact Player Anmolpreet Singh set the tone for SunRisers with a brisk opening stand. Abhishek went on to hit a fifty after which Rahul Tripathi hit 47 from just 29 balls.

In-form Heinrich Klaasen chipped in with 12-ball 24 before Phillips and Samad gave the finishing touches.

"Absolutely phenomenal. There have been some unbelievable finishes to be in IPL. To be a part of the winning side in one of them, absolutely fantastic. Not just myself, the way Rahul Tripathi batted, Abhishek Sharma batted and Abdul Samad finished fror the side was fantastic. Truly special to be on the winning side," Phillips said.

The win in Jaipur helped SunRisers get off the last spot in the points table and keep their playoffs hopes alive.

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The Open Magazine of India by Artmotion Network (https://magazine.armotion.com/)

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