Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 18, 2013

Escape artists ready for more hide-and-seek


Match facts

April 19, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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This is not Indian Premier League. This is Indian Pirates League. At least with these two teams. On back-to-back days leading into this match, these two teams have pulled off matches they had hardly any right winning.

Kings XI Punjab came back from 99 for 7, and then from a point where the opposition needed 47 from seven overs with eight wickets in hand. Kings XI might want to lay claims to being respectable escape artists, but they are up against the Emperors of Escape. Apart from winning a Super Over against the might of Chris Gayle, Sunrisers Hyderabad have defended two sub-130 totals already, and are placed joint-second on the points table. The second of those defences came after Pune Warriors had reached 101 for 4 chasing 120.

These are also two teams led by legendary wicketkeeper-batsmen. One of them, Kumar Sangakkara, had had enough of his struggles with the bat, and sat himself out of the Sunrisers' last match. Quinton de Kock, Sangakkara's replacement, managed only two runs, but he will consider it harsh if he is dropped after just one showing.

Quite similarly to Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist has managed just 31 runs in four innings, but he has been exceptional behind the stumps. Struggling overseas captains have been a matter of debate in this first quarter of the competition, especially with the crucial spot they block should they not perform, and Gilchrist will surely be under pressure to consider and keep his place.

Players to watch

This match will feature two of the best legspinners in India, Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla. Mishra has right to feel aggrieved with Chawla often being preferred to him by the selectors. With superb performances in the season so far, including the match-winning hat-trick in the last match, Mishra is proving yet another point to the selectors. This will be a juicy little contest between the two leggies.

Stats and Trivia

  • Amit Mishra is the only person to have taken three Twenty20 hat-tricks.
  • With 131 wickets at an average of 18.76 and an economy rate of 6.82, Mishra is the second-most successful legspinner in Twenty20 cricket, behind Shahid Afridi. Piyush Chawla is the only other legspinner to have taken 100 wickets - 103 at an average of 26.97 going at 7.44 to an over.


"You take the confidence because they're the champions and to beat the best side of last year is important. But it's a long tournament, so you don't dwell in the past too much; you take the confidence from the wins, knowing that you've still got a lot of work to do. It's always about the next match."
Darren Lehmann, the Kings XI Punjab coach on the win against Kolkata Knight Riders

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Sanga is the Man of Honour...He is good captain... I wanna c Dhawan, Sammy, Sanga in SRH... when these players together...there will be no stop for SRH

  • ttn on April 19, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @Narbavi: You see Sanga and Sehwag have different styles,great gentlemen and both ooze claasy. Sanga scored 195 on a 5th day green pitch against the likes of lee,johnson,clark on the 4th innings chasing 400 . He was unlucky to be given out when the ball went off the shoulder. Sanga avgs. +75 against pakistan. Remember his 199* against the likes of ajmal,rehman, junaid,hafeez on a spitting and raging turner(galle). Sehwag once they figured out his technique is on the decline( Lack of feet movement, poor hand-eye coordination).Sanga seems to improve with his age. He scored 100 at durban against steyn and co which gave SL their first SA Victory.

  • Irshad on April 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    lol! who is the better asian batsman in aus and southafrican is sanga.he is a world class cricketer.non of the dhonis or shewags have scored more centuries in aus is sanga.a man to honor.he is a honor to to asia and honor to the game.dhoni may hit 5 sixes in 6 balls.but he struggles in aus eng sa conditions.

  • keeth on April 19, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Why the hell this much talk about Sanga's batting in IPL. Sanga is a great batsmen in any format of the cricket. He just can not slog as others do in T20. Sri lankan T20 side is balanced around him, because there are plenty of big hitters. This sunrises do not have big hitters or any other batsmen. Even with or without Sanga they will fail for sure. They should go ahead and get some other batsmen to bat around Sanga. Thats the truth. not his batting ability. Go ahead and check his numbers.

  • narbavi on April 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: LOL, Sanga doesn't average above 50 outside home, you got it wrong there, Sehwag scored a 100 on debut in SA, scored 195 in melbourne, 158* in adelaide, a 100 in england too, he has won more tests for india than what your legends have won for you, Mahela is the biggest flat track bully since his overseas record is awful!!

  • Neelesh on April 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I want Darren Sammy to be given chance in SRH to have a stability in lower order batting and bowling also he is a wicket taker i am waiting for his participation which gives good encouragement and morale boost for the team remember he has led west indies to a t20 victory......

  • Gopal on April 19, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Who is saying sanga is outside worse than kambli???/

    Man u dont know in Aus sanga is the batsman who is having max hundred than many indian greats.and Sanga is the only person from Asia to hold lots of time world best batsmanranking in test.

    And man for knowledge Sanga is having average of 58 in test more than alive legent of test. Dont campare with yuvi or other batsman.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Defficult to understand as to why Amith Mishra has no been selected for the Indian team, is it politics. He would be an utility player for the team. He can bat also. Request to the selectors to consider his inclusion in the team.

  • narbavi on April 19, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    @musthaque.m: You got it wrong brother, i never underestimated sanga, he is still a very good batsman in all 3 forms of the game, but my point regarding de kock was different!!

  • Sarah on April 19, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    @gsingh7 ; Your Sehwag is the one n only flat track bully in the world. lol FYI , Sanga averages 50+ in both home n away. So what are you talking about ? lol Sanga is not only a legendary cricketer but also an ambassador of the game. None of your players has ever been honored by the Cricket world like Sanga. lol He is the youngest person to deliver the Cowdrey lecture, to start with. LOL