Faisalabad v Sunrisers, CLT20 qualifier, Mohali September 18, 2013

Sunrisers progress, Faisalabad knocked out


Sunrisers Hyderabad 131 for 3 (Dhawan 59) beat Faisalabad Wolves 127 for 5 (Misbah 56*) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The match was over as a contest in the 14th over of Sunrisers Hyderabad's chase. Saeed Ajmal had bowled his last over, remained wicketless and mostly ineffective. Shikhar Dhawan soon reached his second consecutive half-century in the Champions League Twenty20, setting up Sunrisers' comfortable victory over Faisalabad Wolves which eased them into the main competition.

The result also ensured that Otago Volts, who had beaten Kandurata Maroons earlier in the day, also qualified. Both Faisalabad and Kandurata were knocked out. Sunrisers look to be the most well-balanced side among the four qualifiers, and will provide competition for the rest of the pack.

Dhawan's fifty came off 48 balls, and it had his usual dose of pleasing off-side strokes as well as some slogs. His only six was hit between reaching his fifty and getting out to left-arm spinner Imran Khalid. He added 68 for the first wicket with Parthiv Patel, before a 44-run stand with Jean-Paul Duminy during which they got over a tricky period when the ball kept low. Biplab Samantray got out for a duck to a beauty from Khalid, but Duminy and Darren Sammy completed the win.

Dhawan, Patel and Duminy tackled Ajmal quite well, but the offspinner was tasked with defending a low total in a ground favoured by chasing sides. The Faisalabad bowling was as insipid as their batting, except for their captain Misbah-ul-Haq who, like his time as Pakistan captain, played a lone hand.

Faisalabad's innings ran out of juice as soon as the Powerplay overs were completed, by when they had raced to 44 for 0. But two wickets fell in the next two overs and the run-rate fell too, as Sunrisers reclaimed momentum.

Amit Mishra made the difference at that stage, as he bowled four tight overs on the trot. His figures, 4-1-13-1, stunted Faisalabad's hopes of getting the score past 150. He started off with a wicket off his second ball when Ali Waqas flicked him to deep midwicket. Mishra's line was immaculate for most of the four overs, as he accumulated 17 dot balls. The only boundary in a spell that caused plenty of damage to Faisalabad's confidence was in his final over when Misbah launched him straight down the ground.

There was a danger of the Pakistan Twenty20 champions slipping further, but with Misbah around, they had fight at one end. Misbah struck five sixes and a four in his unbeaten 40-ball 56, becoming the oldest batsman - at the age of 39 - to score a fifty in the Champions League Twenty20.

He was playing a young man's game but his running between the wickets, the five sixes and the fight he provided showed he was in his element. He slammed four of his sixes down the ground, and the last one off Thisara Perera over square-leg, a timely and powerful swivel of the bat.

But despite all his efforts, Faisalabad's first Champions League campaign is set to be a short one as there was too much for Misbah and Ajmal to do.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • ajith on September 24, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    now u can understand about srilanka domestic cricket structure, thats why this happen to kadurata marrons. also very near future this will happen to nationa team . especially sanga & mahela retired. so when till that day comes please sleep srilanka cricket management.

  • midhun on September 20, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @Herath-UK now the great KM team will win on the same pitch batting second.

  • DINESH on September 20, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    REALITY_CHECK: When you give statistics, please give it in full. Why 20-20 is not there in your statistics?

  • Manesh on September 20, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    @Sultan Ahmed Warraich, No need to go that much. Just check CT matches where India won trophy and Pakistan whitewashed and kicked out by India. Do you need to compare ZIM series of both teams?

    @reality_check. Why are you not mentioning the T20 stats here which is relevant now? :) BTW, WI has the better Win loss ration than most of the teams in the world and do you count them as a good team now?

  • abhijeet on September 20, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    @Sultan Ahmed Warraich. Get real mate. India hs won last 5-6 series against Pak and you are getting happy about the one which you won. India is world cup and champion's trophy winner. Pak is not even able to defeat Zimbabwe side which India defeated 5-0 with a second string team.

    Coming back to CL,Faislabad is free to hire internationals. It is not India's fault that internal Pakistan circumstances don't allow it. By the way, did you see Styn's or Duminy's perfromance against Faislabad. It is safe to say that SRH would have won even without them. Also you know well that IPL teams have 4 foreign players. If that makes it so unfair, why so much crying if you are not invited in it. You can't keep harping about a country all the time and expect friendly relations...

  • Mirza Waseem on September 19, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Now that Kandurata Maroons are out of the main tournament, can Kumar Sangakkara play for Sunrisers Hyderabad?

  • binu on September 19, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I am still remembering the Lahore Badhshaws in ICL and what a team it was there also some players not played any Internationals but that team was a truly a champion team led by Insamam Ul Haq, But this team seriously lack quality except Misba Ajmal and Ehsan Adil , I don't know why they are not giving chance to youngsters who played in U19 cricket Instead they are giving chance to players who passed 30

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Misbah is unlucky for his team no matter which one it is. If you look at batting order around him for some unkown and yet very strange reason the strike rate for those batsmen goes down just like his. Also he ends up to be the stand alone performer that has no meaning. I would keep him out of the any team. He just needs to hang his boots coz he plays for himself. If his cricts are saying that his strike rates needs to improve then it needs to or else stop playing and give a chance to someone fresh that can be used. I dont think we should play him until WC 2015 but PCB is a system based on favoritims so no use.

  • Ranil on September 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Basically there is no competition here,all the games won by the batting team second time. Difficult to bat initially then batting becomes much easier I was surprised to see how easily the NZ T team scored against in Kandurata. It is typical indian wicket there is no bite to the bowler batting second looks great. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Sandeep on September 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    well what were the predictions and dreams by pakistani fans,,ajmal again getting sachin's wickt,,winning champians league,,cant stop laughing,,,and now they are argueing they dnt hav intnational players,,so by knewing this y did they made such funny comments b4 the league?anyway gudbye FW...