Sunrisers v Royal Challengers, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 7, 2013

Sunrisers clinch Super Over victory


Royal Challengers Bangalore 130 for 8 (Kohli 46, Ishant 3-27) tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad 130 for 7 (Vihari 44*, Henriques 2-14)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the Super Over

Sunrisers Hyderabad rode on the power of Dale Steyn's experience to pick up their second consecutive win, this one over Royal Challengers Bangalore, after the game had gone into Twenty20 cricket's sudden death - the Super Over. Steyn had to defend 20 runs, thanks to Cameron White's two blazing hits off Vinay Kumar, and came out on top as Royal Challengers fell five runs short.

The teams had fought tooth and nail throughout the forty overs in front of a noisy crowd in Hyderabad. Defending seven, Vinay bowled an impressive 20th over for the second game in a row - conceding only six - but could not repeat the performance in the tiebreaker. He was Virat Kohli's go-to man after he had defended 10 runs off the last over against Mumbai Indians.

The seesaw battle began with Sunrisers staying on top as they restricted the strong Royal Challengers' batting line-up to 130 for 8 in 20 overs. What would have happened to the Royal Challengers' innings without Kohli and Moises Henriques was hard to say. The pair contributed 90 to the total.

After Chris Gayle fell dramatically to part-timer Hanuma Vihari's first ball in IPL cricket, and Tillakaratne Dilshan was bowled by Ishant Sharma, Kohli had to resurrect the innings. Karun Nair helped him a little by adding 20 for the third wicket, before Kohli and Henriques put on 43 for the fourth. Kohli then fell to a return catch by Ashish Reddy in the 14th over; he had struck the only six of the innings in his 44-ball 46.

Henriques' 44 came off 40 balls with five boundaries, and his innings held it together for Royal Challengers towards the finish. He was the seventh batsman out, at the start of the final over bowled by Ishant, who finished with 3 for 27. It was a performance in contrast to the night Dale Steyn had, having finished with 1 for 37 in four overs.

The Sunrisers' chase was held together by newcomer Vihari's unbeaten 44 off 46 balls but he never took the game away from Royal Challengers. He would have expected someone like his captain Kumar Sangakkara to take the lead but the Sri Lankan batsman made just 16. The game boiled down to such a finish because of a 23-run stand for the seventh wicket between Vihari and Ashish Reddy.

When Reddy joined Vihari in the 17th over, Sunrisers needed 30 off 23 balls. Vinay, who had just heroically run out Amit Mishra, was smashed for 14 in the 18th over, with Reddy slamming a straight six and a slog-swept four. Murali Kartik had to keep Royal Challengers in the game and he gave away seven runs in the penultimate over before Vinay forced the tie.

White and Thisara Perera were Sunrisers' choice for the Super Over, and they outdid Royal Challengers' Gayle and Kohli.

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

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  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    This was a match with low quality cricket ...Tie was a fair result i reckon...both teams didnt deserve to win i feel..and RCB should get rid off Vinay Kumar bowling death overs...his last over against MI was fluke...except last ball, all others were length balls against MI..and today some how he managed to defend 7 since he had some tail enders and a newbie at the crease..

  • Jon on April 8, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Great Match - both the teams did wonderfully well, the difference was d Vihari/Ashish Reddy partnership and then the batting from White in super over. All knew Dale had itin him to contain that score againts any batsman..

    Aksath Reddy (Opening Batsman) Ashish Reddy (All rounder) Vihari (Middle order), Rayudu, T Suman, P Ojha - these are the local hyderabadi's and I want these playes to represent Sunrisers Hyderabad in the next IPL, get them at any cost SRH ! show the world, what Hyderabad is capable of.

    With Dhawan coming back, the SRH would only get better...


  • Pradyoth on April 8, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    It was a good game and one that RCB should have won. I believe the team performed well and if not for two mistakes on the field, victory would have been certain.

    First was field placements. Kohli did wonderfully to contain boundaries but when the required rate is 6.5, ones and two go a long way in acheiving the target, the 1s and 2s should have been contained as well.

    Second mistake was not being proactive during the super over when V Kumar was bowling. Clearly the bowler's nerves were shot. Kholi should have been more active with planning every ball and keeping the bowler calm like he did in the 20th over. The super over needs to be treated with the same level of intensity as the last over of an innings not the first.

  • Rajeev on April 8, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Really proud to be a Hyderabadi finally. I dont mine even if we loose consecutive matches from hereon. The best part of this team is our local unknown players playing so well. It's not just Vihari and 2 REDDY's, there is also D. Ravi Teja in this team. If all these 4 continue to impress in IPL, i don't mine about winning. Hopefully these lads will not sign for another franchise like a A. Rayudu / a T. Suman.

    Dhawan / Ishanth / Parthiv's performances are always welcome for us, but their proper is not in Hyderabad / A.P. so we don't get the real joy (Surely they will play for another franchise next season) on those occasions.

  • aamir on April 8, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Wasn't the Gayle-Mayank opening pair a good option....

  • Rajkumar on April 8, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Well done SunRisersHyderabad!!

  • Deepak on April 8, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Underdogs doing well is good to see but the question is "How long can they maintain this victory streak?" Sangakkara's batting is the only weak link to this team. Waiting to see Dhawan in action.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @GRVJPR,oh dear..dont jelous world class you think A Reddy is better than steyn?

  • Zorina on April 8, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Oh yes JamesSmithee, I am sure Malinga is way better than Dale Steyn... world cup finals against West Indies... Malinga 4 overs for 54 runs.