Sunrisers Hyderabad v T&T, CLT20, Mohali September 24, 2013

Powerful Perera trumps T&T in tense chase


Sunrisers Hyderabad 164 for 6 (Perera 57*, Narine 4-9) beat Trinidad and Tobago 160 for 8 (Bravo 66, Sammy 2-21) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sunrisers Hyderabad were subjected to an examination of their batting depth and, in their opening game of the tournament's main draw, showed that they could look after themselves even without much assistance from Shikhar Dhawan. Trinidad & Tobago were in control for the most part of the second innings, but Thisara Perera's fearless hitting narrowed the gap between the runs required and balls remaining to take Sunrisers home in a tense chase of 161.

The first game of the day - between Titans and Brisbane Heat - was a low-scoring one, with the fast bowlers taking control in helpful conditions. However, as the evening wore on, the dew became a factor and the margin for error was minimal for the bowlers, who struggled to bowl the lengths they wanted. Sunil Narine's parsimonious and incisive spell of 4 for 9 kept T&T in the hunt but Perera not only managed to survive him but ensured he stayed till the end. Perera's knock had its fair share of slogs that only connected thin air, some dangerously close to the outside edge, but he cleared the rope four times and his timely boundaries ensured Sunrisers were always in the hunt.

Dhawan gave Sunrisers a start with a brisk 23, but when he popped the simplest of catches to Navin Stewart, it was game on. It was then down to the experience of JP Duminy to restore some order, but his run-out - caught ball-watching - gave T&T the edge. Sunrisers were going at seven an over when Duminy was dismissed, and the required rate was over nine.

Perera walked in and smashed his second ball for six, over long-off. T&T had to be careful not to feed him length balls on middle and leg, Perera's favourite hitting zone. Rayad Emrit made the mistake of bowling there and was duly smashed for a four and six off consecutive balls to deep midwicket. Narine had a struggling Hanuma Vihari stumped for 18 and proceeded to bowl out a wicket maiden, silencing Darren Sammy who opted to see off T&T's best bowler.

Perera released the pressure the following over with two boundaries off Emrit. He had a lucky escape on 32 when he pulled Ravi Rampaul to deep midwicket, only for Lendl Simmons to palm the ball over the rope while attempting a tough catch. Emrit's final over cost T&T as he leaked 23. He started off with two wides before getting smashed by Sammy over deep midwicket. The dew may have been responsible for the low full tosses which were put away. Poor catching didn't help T&T's cause either as Sammy was also let off in the same over.

Narine returned for his final over to nip out two wickets in two balls, but Perera's was the wicket T&T were desperate for. It came down to seven needed off the last over but Perera showed enough trust in Karn Sharma, who sealed the win in style with a six over deep square leg.

After losing the toss, T&T had been boosted by Darren Bravo who adopted a similar aggressive approach on a surface that was seamer friendly. T&T looked set to post much more, but the Sunrisers seamers shared seven wickets between then to keep them down to a competitive 160.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Manesh on September 27, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Hope all SL fans realized the real class of their best bowler!

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    ohhh perera actually u are a gem...we sri lankans proud to have a cricketor like u.u are improving day by day....we glad to see that...u are good enough to say sl best finisher...i'll rate u 1st in sl best finisher...though angelo has done it so far 4 us........great salute 4 u................

  • RicHard on September 26, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    But Nampally, you said if it was not for Bravo and Narine, T & T would have been outplayed, but then again if it was not for Perera, T&T would have won!!!! If one remembered last match Rampaul and Ramdin won that match. For the year to date Simmons has been the best batsman, Badree makes good contribution mostly all of the time and everyone in the Caribbean know Evin Lewis could explode any time and has been making good contributions. I expect Reyad Emrit to bounce back he is a gusty lad! Unfortunately we have lost Big Brovo and Pollard for big hittings but its just an opportunity for someone to step up the plate..

  • Ramzi on September 25, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    just stop argue abt best bowler. I'm sri lankan bt truth is steyn far better bowler then perera, but dnt forget perera also a wicket taker. when it comes to batting where is off side shot??? I strong beliver perera is better then slogger. when shane watson came to seen he is no wher near the talent perera hs, but look he he developed his game? datz the different of coaching structure in Australia and Sri lanka.

  • Amin on September 25, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    What has happen to everyone, Styne is the best bowler in the world no doubt about it. Its just wasn't his day. it was perera's day so he batted well and bowled well. thats it. perera is a young potential good allrounder for SL. he should be groomed properly for limited over matches. he should be sent higher in the order but not opening because when the ball this swinging i dont see him being successful. SL should learn from this to send the likes of perera and angelo early specially for T20 matches. Look at M.Morkal doing well in yesterdays match (yes it was the Titans) but his line and lengths were great compared to his previous game.

    @ JustIPL: Don't forget this is not national team playing against each other these are franchises. so all members of the team want to win as a franchise put together team not for their country. (Only SLC sees it the other way and now yo too)

  • Android on September 25, 2013, 10:27 GMT may be...but i think sanjay is more different from others...that means he is better than others..why srilanka not producing that kind of man..i think sangakkara is the one who can do it..i am agree with you about that and he told in qulifing matches sanga is trying to hit every ball for a six..i am not agree with him beacause he was trying to up the run rate at that time .but sanje is a good commentator for me.

  • Sharad on September 25, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @Allen.Arendtsz Well said sir. Thisara and Steyn are both wonderful players in their own ways. No point comparing. Let's just enjoy their displays.

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    perera is agood all rounder

  • Isuru on September 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Bully with the bat,Shy like a little girl,Humble destroyer,Typical Srilankan cricketer,Unless Thisara Perera,Three cheers for you :) From-Colombo

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @JustIPL. Thissara played exceptionally well. Just accept that fact. I am not a Srilankan; but a proud Indian. Would like to recognize and appreciate exceptional performance from anyone, irrespective of which country he belongs to.