Hyderabad, May 14: Sandeep Sharma, Kings XI Punjab's most successful bowler in IPL 7, had one of his worst days when he was smashed around by Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen and ended up producing the second most costliest bowling spell in the history of the tournament.
The 20-year-old Sandeep was on a high after capturing 13 wickets in this year's league before today's game. But at the end of the SRH innings, he was feeling the heat of the big bats, having been plundered for 65 runs in 4 overs for 1 wicket.
Today's 1/65 is the joint second most expensive spell in all IPL matches. He now holds this ignominious record with Umesh Yadav, who too went for same number of runs for Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013.
In his 4-over spell today, Sandeep managed seven dot balls but conceded 8 fours and 3 sixes. Naman Ojha was severe on this right-arm fast bowler, humiliating him for 23 runs off 5 balls with 1 three, 2 fours and 2 sixes (strike rate 460).
Sandeep took the new ball and gave six runs in the first over. In the third over of the innings, he was hit for 7. He continued his spell and in the fifth over, he was hammered for 26 runs by Aaron Finch and Shikhar Dhawan.
Sandeep returned to bowl his final over, 19th of the innings and this time it was Ojha who took him apart. Again 26 runs were leaked and he had a wicket, that of Moises Henriques.
It was a forgettable day for Sandeep, who last week had the joy of celebrating taking Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli's wickets in two successive games against RCB.
Most expensive bowling spells in IPL history
1. 0/66 - Ishant Sharma (SRH) Vs Chennai Super Kings, May 8, 2013
2. 0/65 - Umesh Yadav (DD) Vs RCB, May 10, 2013
2. 1/65 - Sandeep Sharma (KXIP) Vs SRH May 14, 2014
3. 0/63 - Varun Aaron (DD) Vs CSK May 25, 2012
3. 0/63 - Ashok Dinda (Pune Warriors) Vs MI April 13, 2013