Sunrisers Hyderabad v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 5, 2013

Sunrisers defend 126 on IPL debut

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Sunrisers Hyderabad 126 for 6 (Perera 30) beat Pune Warriors 104 (Steyn 3-11, Mishra 3-19) by 22 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sunrisers Hyderabad made a winning debut in the IPL as they defended a low score at their home ground on a slow, difficult pitch. Thisara Perera, Sunrisers' $675,000 acquisition, did not begin too badly for his new franchise, top-scoring with a quick 30, taking the first two Pune Warriors wickets and causing a run-out. Amit Mishra wasn't too far behind, his legbreaks leaving Warriors confounded on a helpful surface. Dale Steyn left the Warriors top order dazed with his outswingers and returned to blow away the lower order with three wickets in four balls.

Not many would have given Sunrisers a chance when they almost sleepwalked their way to 126 after being put in, barring a brief effort to break free from Perera. Deccan Chargers, the franchise Sunrisers replaced, had an atrocious record at this ground, and Sunrisers appeared set to extend that in front of a lukewarm turnout. But they came out a different unit with the ball.

Steyn, charged up as almost always, beat the Warriors openers repeatedly with quick outswingers. Ishant Sharma was accurate and testing, as he can be in helpful conditions. The wickets came Perera's way, though.

After running him fine for a boundary, Robin Uthappa tried repeating the stroke and went caught behind. Marlon Samuels gave the lone slip catching practice in Perera's next over, Kumar Sangakkara deserving credit for sticking with the fielder and the bowler.

Warriors' batting line-up stretched way down to No. 8 Mitchell Marsh, but it was to come unstuck as Mishra brought out his control and variations. Yuvraj Singh, on IPL comeback, walked down, and was easily beaten and stumped. Manish Pandey's struggle to put bat to ball ended with a mishit slog off Mishra, as the asking-rate started mounting.

Almost everything clicked for Sangakkara on the field. He needed young Ashish Reddy to bowl a decent 17th over, and the bowler responded by uprooting Ross Taylor's leg stump with a full, slower delivery.

With 33 needed off three overs, Perera was to make another important contribution. Angelo Mathews, who came in at No. 7, smashed a full toss straight back at Perera, who stuck out his right hand, and the dangerous Marsh was caught short of his crease at the non-striker's end.

Warriors' lower order panicked against Steyn, trying to attack the fast bowler while their captain looked on helplessly from the other end, ruing the fact that his team left as many as seven deliveries unused.

Sunrisers used up their quota when they batted, but weren't able to find any momentum. The top four got only starts, and it was down to Perera to breathe some life into a suffocating innings. He began with consecutive fours off Rahul Sharma and slogged Marlon Samuels' darts for two more boundaries before mishitting an Ashok Dinda full toss in the 18th over. Perera's fall meant Sunrisers weren't able to finish well with the bat, but they were far more determined with the ball.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on April 6, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    lol I agree that Perera should have got the Man Of The Match award. But what's wrong with SL fans? why they r moaning? They saying that Mishra got only 1 batsman out but what about Steyn ? Did he get all batsmen out? He got only tail-enders.

    Correct list of deserving MoM award - 1) Perera 2) Mishra 3) Steyn

    request to SL fans nw don't create an issue out of it. it has happened only once.

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 6, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    It seems PWI is still suffering from the "after -effects" of Ganguly's poor captaincy which largely promoted his own needs.

    Remember even KKR did poorly the next season after Dada left, but came back strongly last year.

    PWI is choking like last 2 seasons and i am sure they will recover fully by next year.

  • dummy4fb on April 6, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Sadly, it's one of occasion which clearly shows discrimination against outside payers. Forst choose for Man of the Match is Perera. He has 2+1 wickets plus 30 runs with highest stike rate. He bought the match back with bat & ball by sending Uthappa & dangerous Samuels.

    Second choice would be Stayn . Misrah took only Yavi, others were not classy batsman.

  • dummy4fb on April 6, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Good Captaincy by Sanga . Overrated Samules and Yuvi. Outstanding batting by Thisara. Bad Batting order - should responsible by Matthews and Management. Good balling by Sharma. Waste of three overs for Marsh. BAD DECISION @ AWARD CEREMONY. MOM should be Thisara .Thats All.

  • sandy_bangalore on April 6, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Yuvraj has proved again, for the umpteenth time, like many other Indian batsman before him, that he scores runs only when the conditions are perfect for batting, ie flat pitches and fast outfields. Cant play spin, and nicks to keeper and slip when ball swings and a sitting duck against short pitched bowling. Atleast they didnt make him captain, so they can consider dropping him.

  • amilag on April 6, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    It was wired batting order from Pune. What the was doing by Mathews with coming to bat 1 or 2 down???? had he come to bad they would have win the match easier. It was low target and had mathew being there, would have easily rotate the srtike and come closer to the target

  • Indian_Logic on April 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Posted by PerfectTen on (April 6, 2013, 6:25 GMT) Amit Mishra bowled well alright, but the man who made the maximum impact - with bat, ball and that run out of Marsh - was Thissara and everybody knows that. It's the influence of the same hand that prevents Srilankan players from playing in Chennai that has overruled when it came to MOM award too. Simply DIRTY!. This is what i simply tot when the presentations are over...It is ok Thisara is not playing to become MOM .He plays for SRH to win ...Not hoping any other aspects such as MOM. But really sad it should be given to him..He has taken 2(+1) wickets and 30 runs from 18 balls ...No body came close to that strike rate in the entire match which tells u how hard to bat-on in this pitch...Mitchel marsh run out was not gifted by god .!! It was thisara's quick reflexes had made a hand on to it .He could have left it for fielder at long on coz it was damn fast and may hurt his fingers..If marsh was there with angelo result will nt b d same.

  • phat55 on April 6, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Some really delusional Indian supporters out there! Saying Steyn is overrated & trying to even compare him to Sharma,wot a joke lol

  • tanstell87 on April 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore - how many series have Australia & South Africa won in India since Tendulkar has dawned Indian colors....only once...India came close beating Australia twice in 2003-4 & 2007-8 & India almost beat South Africa in 2010-11 series when Dhoni went onto defensive with South Africa at 130 for 6 in 2nd innings of 3rd test leading by 128 runs...when Australia won in India in 2004, Tendulkar was out of first 2 tests...on the other hand its better if in dont say anything about the 2008 series in Australia.

  • dummy4fb on April 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Everybody talking about how the sunrisers survived..but in the end........it was a poor batting performance.....it was hard to believe that pune was playing with 8 batsmen......sunrisers bowled well but some horrible strokes from the pune batsmen should not be forgotten