Kandurata v Hyderabad, CLT20 qualifier, Mohali September 17, 2013

Dhawan leads Sunrisers to comfortable win


Sunrisers Hyderabad 174 for 2 (Dhawan 71, Patel 52) beat Kandurata Maroons 168 for 3 (Sangakkara 61*, Thirimanne 54, Ishant 2-20) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A century-stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel, both of whom scored effortless half-centuries, and a late cameo by Thisara Perera helped Sunrisers Hyderabad cruise to an eight-wicket win over Kandurata Maroons. Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne also scored aggressive half-centuries to set up a strong target, but Kandurata's bowling and fielding crumbled against persistent attack from Sunrisers' batsmen to be left in a position from where they need to win both their remaining matches.

Chasing 169, Dhawan and Parthiv never let the pressure of the chase build as they kept finding the boundaries from the start of the innings. It was Parthiv who got the chase going with a flurry of boundaries through the off side, but Dhawan soon caught up with his partner with well-timed shots on either side of the ground and in the form that he has displayed this year, there was not much the bowlers could do to stem the flow of runs.

Kandurata, in a bid to curtail the burgeoning opening stand, threw the ball to Ajantha Mendis in the sixth over but he was greeted by three consecutive boundaries from Dhawan. Parthiv was hitting the ball twice as hard as Dhawan while getting only half the speed behind it, but on a true pitch and a fast outfield, he too derived full value for his shots. The two batsmen took the score past 100 in the 11th over.

Kandurata sensed a comeback when 33 were required off the last 23 deliveries after Dhawan's dismissal, but Perera smashed four boundaries and two sixes to finish off the challenge.

In a game in which eight of the nine batsmen to bat were left-handers, Sangakkara and Thirimanne had played risk-free knocks to power Kandurata to a strong total. The two batsmen rotated the strike for a few overs, maintaining a run-rate of more than six, and started accelerating in the second half of the innings.

Thirimanne was the more aggressive of the two, bringing up his half-century off 37 deliveries, but after hitting Ishant Sharma for two boundaries in the 15th over, missed a yorker. Sangakkara took over the scoring from that point onwards, finding boundaries at will with clever flicks and deft touches as he brought up his half-century off 36 balls. But he was not left with the pressure of scoring all the runs - Dilhara Lokuhettige played a brisk innings of 21 off 10 deliveries - as Kandurata ransacked 56 from the last five overs.

Dale Steyn, coming off a three-month injury lay-off, struggled with his rhythm; he bowled a leg-stump line in the first over and was taken for 15 runs. While Steyn was off colour, the presence of left-handers in Kandurata's line-up meant Dhawan hesitated from using the two legspinners in the side. Amit Mishra was introduced in the 15th over and bowled just one over while Karan Sharma didn't get to bowl.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    We have seen Sanga make half Centuries many and remains till the last ball of the match but no real IMPACT towards the winning..

  • Yohan on September 19, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    @ sachini saw some, Comparing players in such a scale is funny and shows level of your cricket consciousness. Ipl franchises bid for him for nothing?

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Despite the victory, Dhawan was a poor captain. His field placings were all over the place, and his handling of his bowling resources could have been better. Not bowling his leggies because of the left-handers in the opposing side was a poor excuse. Bowling over the wicket, might have been the right way to do it, and with a mix of googlies - could have troubled the batsmen, further. But it was not to be. Parthiv Patel might have made a better captain. Cheers.

  • Samir on September 18, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    All those lankans harping about Kandurata being an all SL team, has it occurred to you that this was supposed to be club level match and Kandurata had such players that it could have very well been called the SL international T20 team give or take a few?

    Those harping about SRH having foreign players, do tell me which foreign player contributed immensely to the SRH victory or did better than the Indian players in SRH? Both the best batting and bowling were from Indian players.

    Those harping about Perera being the reason for the SRH win, has it occured to you that if not for Perera, the Kandurata...sorry, I mean the SL team wouldn't even have reached the score they did? Or the fact that SRH were only two wickets down when he came in and had many more batsmen who can hit the ball to follow up? Or the fact that in T20s, batting teams are expected to win when the have four overs and a little over 30 to get these days...even if they don't have a Perera?

  • Rakesh on September 18, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Ishant bowled better than Steyn. That should give him some confidence.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Is the ball bounced enough? karan sharma is a very good bowler and should have been tried instead of Duminy. Dhawan`s 4`s are delightful.

  • Android on September 18, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Thisara Pereras late blizzaring knock made it so easy for sunrisers.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    According to me ,Cameron white should be in the playing eleven .

  • Sameer on September 18, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft Sanga is not even 1% of sachin tendulkar. He is good for sri lanka becoz sri lanka doesn't produce legends. I mean for you people Jayawardene is a legend. And for the rest of the world he is a mediocre player who has played over 400 matches at an average of 32. If he would have been in India, he would have been dropped long time ago.

  • santhosh on September 18, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft- Ya only in your teams....Sangakara is a good player we all know but Sachin is a Legend buddy...