Sunrisers Hyderabad v T&T, CLT20, Mohali

Powerful Perera trumps T&T in tense chase

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

September 24, 2013

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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
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Karn Sharma exults after Sunrisers' win, Trinidad & Tobago v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Group B, Champions League 2013, Mohali, September 24, 2013
Karn Sharma hit the winning runs as Sunrisers Hyderabad opened their account in the main draw © BCCI

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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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 27, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 5:37 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................

Posted by RicHarder on (September 26, 2013, 2:03 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..

Posted by ramz_01 on (September 25, 2013, 15:07 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.

Posted by my_comments on (September 25, 2013, 12:05 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)

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 11:27 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.

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (September 25, 2013, 10:56 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.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

perera is agood all rounder

Posted by -Otuwa- on (September 25, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 10:07 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.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Why many are referring to SRH as India ? With, Steyn, Sammy, Duminy, Thisara, et al in the playing XI and a few more non-Indians on the bench? That temerity is reserved for England with half their team consisting of players from South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand & and now Zimbabwe too!

The preposterous idea of calling SRH as India will not "FLOWER" even in the minds of Marans, Srikkants , Laxmans and the like. My dear co-fans from India, please don't look at teams with a cock-eyed glance, however strong your jingoism might be. Leave that to the English!

Posted by JustIPL on (September 25, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Thisara played it like a fun game. He was under no pressure while pressure was clear from Dhawan/phartiv who were under pressuer to win for india. Also T & T had no well known seamers other then Ravi which allowed him to free his arms to his pleasure.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

@Suresh Reddy: Regarding Vihari. SRH do have a shortage of good batsmen; especially Indian batsmen. Parthiv & Dhawan are the only ones they can blindly pick. The rest is just trial & error at best , or a gamble at worst. Srikkant & Laxman were supposed to advise the owners, Marans, during auction. May be they didn't have much choice, last time. May be, they will do a better job, next time !?

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

@Udendra on (September 25, 2013, 4:10 GMT) Not only regarding Thisara; he had been expressing views on very many other players too, which raise doubts. Even about Indian players whom all Indian fans know so well, the picture he paints differs. It is going on for quite some time. I had been intrigued as to why not many comment on that. May be, people are so used to it!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

@Udendra on (September 25, 2013, 4:10 GMT) Not only regarding Thisara; he had been expressing views on very many other players too, which raise doubts. Even about Indian players whom all Indian fans know so well, the picture he paints differs. It is going on for quite some time. I had been intrigued as to why not many comment on that. May be, people are so used to it!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

@ bully...of course thisara is not better as styen now...but we can't tell like that beacause he is just 24 years old...he will be better than styen when he is 31 years...(i am agree with you styen is the best bowler in the world)but we must encourage him to do things as styen..well. done thisara perera

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

Dear Moody, When a team wins, rarely one asks questions. But I have a few doubts.

1. What is happening to Steyn's bowling (in 2 matches in a row)? Particularly, on Mohali pitch, which was friendly to his kind of bowling.

2. What is happening with the under-bowling of Mishra in one match, & non-bowling of Karan in the other?

3. What is happening to Dhawan's captaincy? Though you praised him a week ago, there are lingering doubts about field placements and use / non-use of bowlers. Is he going the Yuvi's way, when it comes to Captaincy? Of course, it doesn't dilute his excellent batsman-ship. Even the great batsman Sachin had been a not-so-good Captain. So was Bradman. So, Yuvi &Dhawan could be in good company!

4. Lastly, a 'gentle' doubt about Srikkant & Laxman. What do they do, as part of SRH?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 25, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

SRH cashing in on Tishara's good form...thats all. No need to hype and call him better than Steyn with few club games. He is still that average fellow just like Angelo Mathews.

Posted by Aus2013 on (September 25, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

If T&T won the match...that would have been coz of the two players..Bravo with the Bat..Mystery consistent spinner Mr Naraine with the ball..what a spell he has bowled..4/9 n 4 overs @ rr of 2.5..what an amazing bowler..unfortunately T&T lost the match coz another two players..tereble tereble captaicy 4m Ramdin...worst worst bowling 4m Emrat..Im just wondering why d hell Ramdin throw d ball to Emrat..when he was already backfired by Perera...

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

A lot of top class cricketers have emerged from Hyderabad and Andhra regions who later on went on to create a name for themselves at the national level. However, in recent times, after VVS strangely almost no cricketer from these regions is in the national limelight. Ambati Rayudu has migrated to the west zone.Perhaps the biggest name from this region is Rohit Sharma, who is originally from here , settled and playing for Mumbai now. For the sake of Indian cricket let us hope the next VVS emerges soon.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

sl selectors must send him as opener with dilshan and thranga must play in middle order..

Posted by Iceman29 on (September 25, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

This Perera guy is just terrific....He is the best alrounder right now as far as I have concerned..he is similar to Yuvraj singh, on his day he will rip apart any bowling attack......SL is lucky to have him...

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

SRH should really rethink their decision to have vihari bat up high if at all. Hes more odi/test player & have never crossed 120SR in any of his innings where he made more than 10-15 runs. I would rather karan sharma be sent up & even ashish reddy as theyve shown better aggression.

Posted by Udendra on (September 25, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

and as usual Manjrekar was stating that Thisara is slow-medium pace. He seems to have seen Thisara only in 2011 WC final and Aus tour (where he still bowled at 135+). Time he watched more matches before commentating.

Posted by MShariq on (September 25, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Who ever wins however, being a cricket lover the innigs of Bravo was the historical one. I have never seen hitting quality bowling in such a way

Posted by   on (September 25, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Actually if their players like pollard and dj bravo add in this line up of t& they become top side of world

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 25, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

@Harmony111, IMO well Steyn is far better than Thisara in tests, but in the shorter formats both are perhaps equal. But Thisara can be more useful considering his all round factor. Very good test bowlers are substantially weaker in the shorter format as the difference between the white and red ball is huge. Like Anderson is great in tests but useless in ODIs and T20s.

@Cpt.Meanster, yes SRH will love to have Thisara for many years to come. On a Lankan point of view, at the moment only he has been our youngster who impressed even in our last series against SA. So hope he can play a big part should SRH win against CSK tomorrow.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 25, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

Fantastic all round performance by Thisara Perera indeed. Sad that SL selectors dont want to send him as an opener and experiment as he can be better than Sanath Jayasuriya for sure should he open. If Thisara can improve his bowling, he can be extremely useful in tests too. His main weakness in batting is that 90% of his shots are on the leg side as all sixes I have seen hit by him have only gone through deep mid wicket and long on. That is an area he has to address. All opponents no it well. Also, he bowls full tosses at times too leaking unwanted runs.

Posted by sweetiepaper on (September 25, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

Well played Perera, you were the difference. T&T will still go on to win the tournament. Maybe meet back SRH in the finals. T&T needs to bring in Barath for Mohammed and bring back Ganga or Ottley for Pooran. We missed that extra spin bowler today despite the assistance to pacers. The spinners in the game did well. No need to play Pooran for his big hitting if you have Stewart in. Plus he can bowl. T&T batting needs to step up. Both matches one batsman carried the team. Emrit struggled with the wet ball and the pressure and cost T&T the match, but there were no options to go to. and usually he comes through. Hope he bonces back and play well next match, he has been one of the most consistent players for some time now.

Posted by Varunmsk on (September 24, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

SRH have a good bowling and batting attack, but are horrible fielders. They dropped catches, fumbled, missed run-outs, had lot of over throws, they need to do their homework before the next game..

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

Sunrisers Hyderabad got out of jail, in this encounter - thanks to the brilliant effort by Perera and a few lusty blows by Karan Sharma - when they mattered. Shikhar Dhawan continues to be a poor captain, and the added responsibility shows in his batting too. Give Sammy the responsibility, and let Dhawan focus on his strengths. The team selection could have been better and the fielding came apart during the death overs - and a lot had to do with the field placements. The Sunrises Hyderabad needs a good psychologist amongst their ranks, and some good guidance - perhaps from someone like a Mohinder Amarnath.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (September 24, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

Whoever's responsible in T&T camp for playing Mohammed over Barath should be fired ! 2 games now where he comes at 4 a vital position and takes away all the early momentum, he shows no promise as a batsman especially in this format even bowlers like Narine and Badree would do a better job than he does as they at least have the ability to strike a ball. Today the way Bravo was going had there been half decent batsman with him T&T could have batted SRH out of the game however Mohammed proceeded to block half his balls straight back to the bowlers before the inevitable, pathetically trying to hit a 6 he got nowhere near with his eyes in the sky! 19 from 27 what a complete waste he made Sammy look like AMbrose out there awful !

Posted by sreehk on (September 24, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Steyn and ishant open that too exactly for 4 overs. Then Perera 2, then Mishra 4, then Sammy 2, Duminy and Karn 1 each, then Perera, Ishant, Steyn 2 each to finish. Same order!! Any team can plan for this. What are Tom Moody, Srikanth, Laxman doing on strategy?? They have so many bowlers they can do a lot of combinations. Really poor stuff. What if 7 bowlers used in 10 overs, what if Karn Sharma opens bowling, what if Steyn bowls 1,6,11,19 overs, so on. Dhawan is not rotating his bowling confidently and strategically. He is just following safe order. SRH need to innovate more so in batting. Send a pinch hitter at 3 to increase batting depth, what are Ashish reddy and Karn Sharma doing in the dug out. Vihari will not be able to handle the international level.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 24, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

@Harmony111: I totally disagree with you. I am not one of 'those' Indian fans who think India will lose or do well to draw the series. I think it is time we Indian fans start believing in our team's ability to beat the opposition away. IF this tour goes ahead, I strongly believe India have the team to break the jinx of not winning a series in SA. This young team barring Tendulkar has the potential to play well and win against the South Africans. If TEST cricket is to survive into the next decade ( which is highly unlikely), then teams have to win outside home. When SA can come to India and confidently say they can beat India, I think even we should be confident enough to beat them in their conditions. If Indian fans continue to think in the old ways, there is no point to a test series. Let's keep the game competitive with T20s and ODIs instead.

Posted by Perera32 on (September 24, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

Thisara Perera you Beauty!!!!, this guy can only get better in the future. He's been a consistent performer not only for SRH but also Sri Lanka. He's a more than useful bowler, especially if he bowls around the speed he did today, he's a wonderful fielder and his Batting is amazing too. Im sure at the end of his career, he'll have an outstanding record.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (September 24, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

Thisara Perera is quickly becoming one of the best shorter format all rounders in world stage..The power he has is amazing and he has improved his batting immensely...In the home series against SA he hit Robin Peterson for 35 runs..with 5 sixes..and in the last T20 game in a tight chase he hit Wayne Parnell 24 runs in one over to seal the game...I think he is among the biggest hitters of cricket ball currently with Gayle,M.S Dhoni,Pollard....

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 24, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

@LionsofLanka: You brought a smile to me when I read about your prediction for the on-off Ind-SA tour. Thanks for that. :-)

However, the first half of your comment shows you are an expert wishful thinker and the latter part of the comment only confirms it.

Only a very very optimistic & frantic fan of SL would say that Thisara Perera is better than Steyn.

Not even the most optimistic & frantic fan of Ind would say that the coming SA tour will be anything easy or that SA would do well to come out with a draw.

Most Ind fans know and admit that it would be the other way round & if India come home 0-1 then they would have done well.

But anyways, well played Perera tonight, he was superman in Mohali.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 24, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

I also would like to give a shout to Thissera Perera, what a player !!! This man will be a franchise player for the SRH for many years to come. He is a match winner, you beauty Thissera !!!!

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

@lionsoftlanka hey thisara perera is a really good player, one of my favourites, but still you can't compare him with steyn. Steyn is the number 1 test bowler in the world. welldone thisara and team. hope you will do the same again and again.

Posted by santhoo24 on (September 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

I like Sammy's attitude "even Dale Steyn has bad days, that's why we play as a team". Good win by SRH, and to T&T - very well played, and would have won if not for Perera's special. I hope SRH bowlers get their act together, batting is not their primary strength.

Posted by Allen.Arendtsz on (September 24, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

Perera is a brillant allrounder, and isnt just a bowler like styen, soo he shouldnt be compared with styen. Perera contributes massively like he has shown today, he is a impact player and he would be the man to take SRH through this tournment.... Well Played Thisara!!!!

Posted by AricentHarish on (September 24, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@EnglishCricket, seems you finally got a chance to comment on the crowd, as the stadiums were almost full for the RR, MI and Super Kings matches. Well anyway, there is no Sachin, Dravid or Dhoni playing today. So, hopefully, better crowd turns out in the coming days ! And the rains stay away too !

Posted by EnglishCricket on (September 24, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

There isn't much of a crowd for this 'Champions' league :D

Posted by   on (September 24, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Lions of Lanka... Thisara a better bowler than Steyn??? Are you serious..??? Red Cherry does a lot more when Steyn has it in his hand... Being an Indian... I feel.. India just has 40percent chance of winning the series if it goes ahead...

Stop comparing perera and Stey.. Its really funny

Posted by LionsofLanka on (September 24, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Gulf class between Steyn & thisara. Steyn was hammered by T&T for 41 and lucky to get 1 wicket on first ball of match because of early pitch condition. But Thisara!!!! what a great player Sri Lanka has. Truly all rounder!!!! Full refund of money is sure!!!! 2 for 26 in 4 overs plus 1 runout and what to mention about inning's last over. When Steyn was clobbering, he was saviour for SRH. This is why India playing with top class Sri lanka frequently. Even in home environment India will be toughest assignment for South Africa. If SA manage a single draw against India in coming tour, it will be series victory for them.

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