Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 19, 2013

Sunrisers top table after another low-scorer


Sunrisers Hyderabad 127 for 5 (Vihari 46, Gony 2-24) beat Kings XI Punjab 123 for 9 (Gilchrist 26, K Sharma 2-19) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the second match in a row, Sunrisers Hyderabad turned it on in the penultimate over to clinch a tight victory and go top of the table, defying all pre-tournament predictions. While Amit Mishra conjured a heist in the previous match with a hat-trick, this time it was Thisara Perera's three massive sixes in the 19th over that settled the game.

Kings XI Punjab's Azhar Mahmood got a duck in the previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders, but he made up for that with a three-wicket haul. He failed with the bat again, and was doing a terrific job of compensating with the ball once again, having given away only 15 in his first three overs. With the game on the line - 18 needed off 12 - Kings XI trusted in Mahmood again, but this time he came up short, as he served up three length deliveries that were clobbered into the crowd by Perera.

The first six over long-on would have exorcised some demons for Perera. A week ago, in the game against Delhi Daredevils, he had attempted a similar shot in a similar match situation and had picked out the man at long-on, leaving the tailenders the responsibility of closing out the chase. Today, there was no chance for the fielder at long-on, as the ball sailed comfortably beyond the rope to effectively seal the match.

In a game featuring two of the weakest batting line-ups in the competition, and on a turning track, another low-scoring encounter was to be expected. Adam Gilchrist, yet again, played some cracking cuts to raise hopes of a run-filled game, but his 26 proved to be the highest score of the innings. Legspinner Karan Sharma completely bamboozled the returning Paul Valthaty with his big turn to show runs may not prove easy.

Piyush Chawla, though, justified his promotion to the heights of No. 5 with a couple of sixes in a 15-ball 23, and lifted Kings XI to a solid 88 for 3 after 14 overs. On his departure, Kings XI looked to the experienced David Hussey to provide the acceleration, but he too holed out, skying a catch to sweeper cover.

Still, with Mahmood, Manpreet Gony fresh off an 18-ball 42, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Praveen Kumar there was enough firepower for some big-hitting in the final overs. Instead, Kings XI lost four wickets in four deliveries, as batsmen repeatedly kept finding the fielders in the deep, Gony went for a second run that wasn't there and Dale Steyn proved too pacy for Gurkeerat Singh. The wickets tumbled with such haste that No. 11 Praveen didn't even have all his equipment on when it was his turn to bat.

Faced with a small target of 124, most teams would have been strong favourites, but Sunrisers' batting is short on experience and quality. Quinton de Kock may find himself on the sidelines after his second failure, but two other youngsters, Hanuma Vihari and Akshath Reddy, calmly guided the chase early on. Vihari's 46 was the highest score of the match and earned him his second Man-of-the-Match award. His dismissal in the 12th over and that of an out-of-sorts Cameron White in the 16th ratcheted up the tension, before Perera's mighty hits showed why he is quickly becoming Sunrisers' most important player.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    my Team is very good ........................ sunrisers

    1)Shekar Dhawan 7) Ashish reddy

    2)P.Patel (wk) 8)karan sharma

    3)Vihari 9)Amith misra

    4)Sammy 10)Steyn

    5) White (c) 11)Ishanth Sharma

    6)cris lynn

    I think ..................this is good batting line up and bowling white is some matches given rest ............

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    if shikhar dhawan n jp duminy are fit to play den the eleven should be - shikhar, akshath, sanga(c/wk), vihari, duminy, perera, samantaray/aa reddy, k sharma, mishra, steyn, i sharma depth in batting added to strong bowling...

  • RAJESH on April 20, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    I think this is a crucial match for SRH, they need to win to prove their strength against BIG TEAMS. Don't worry Fight & keep the RISE UP. MY TEAM against CSK... 1.Akshat Reddy, 2.Parthiv(Wk), 3.Vihari, 4.White, 5.Mc Cullum, 6.Darren Sammy, 7.Karan Sharma, 8.Ashish Reddy/Samantray, 9.Amit Mishra, 10.Steyn, 11.Ishant Sharma. * Karan proved himself a good Bowler. * 4 batsmen, 4 All-rounder & 3 Bowlers. (Of-course Mishra is also an all-rounder.) * 9 Batting options+ 7 Bowling options. * white + Mc Cullum + Sammy = good (Dangerous) Middle Order.

  • Ashok on April 20, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Sunrisers' play as a Team which is the secret to winning T20 games. They restrict their opponents to a low total & rally their weak batting to score the required runs to win. There is a new Hero (s) in each match. Relatively Unknown guys like Vihari , Samantray, Ashish Reddy, Sharma are all fighting for recognition by consistent contributions in each match. They are fielding well to save runs, bowling within their limits. Result is a least fancied team ahead of "the Big Name Brand" teams like MI, KKR, RCB. I hope they maintain this Midas touch magic & make the playoff. Sun has really risen for Hyderabad!

  • James on April 20, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Really disappointing performance by SRH. They had to deal with the less threatening bowling unit. Thanks to Perera and Vihari they won. Like to see Sangakkara/JP back to the XI. T20 is not about filling the team with big hitters. Since sunrisers having a good bowling attack they must concern about low scoring matches. My team 1. Dhawan 2. Sanga 3. some hitter 4. Vihari 5&6 White , Perera 5. rest of the batsmen. Yesterday they faced Chawla. But in all the other teams there are high quality spinners. Murali, Singh, Sharma, Ashwin, Mendis, Sunil are few of them. I don't think any one of the team having the confidence to face these spinners. I am really surprised why SRH don't think about chasing low scored target against a quality bowlers. You really need to have Sanga or Dumminy to your team. Droping Sanga is a double blown decision. Neither they can chase low scores or properly utilize White's big hitting skills.

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    My dream XI would be : Shikhar Dhawan , Hanuma Vihari , Biplab Samantray , Cameron White , Thisara Perera , Quinton De Kock , Karn Sharma , Amit Mishra , Dale Steyn , Ashish Reddy , Ishant Sharma .... Sammy would be the 12th man

    Sorry Sanga !!

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I am eagerly waiting to see world NO 2 Batsmen JP Duminy to join Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ground can anyone help me by telling me when he enters the IPL6

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 9:29 GMT


    1. Shikar Dhawan ,2.Akshat Reddy, 3.Hanuma Vihari,4 Cameron White (C),5.Biplap Samantray,6.Darren Sammy(VC),7.Quinton De Kock(WK) ,8. Ashish Reddy, 9.Amit Mishra,10.Dale Steyn, 11.Ishant Sharma

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Great to see Sunrisers win again , but they have to change batting lineup , Dhawan and Sangakkara play as openers , 1.Dhawan, 2.Sangakkara(WKT KEP), 3.vihari, 4.white(C), 5.Perera, 6.Sammy, 7.Akshat, 8.Mishra, 9.Ksharma, 10.Steyn, 11.Ishant . Upcoming matches they should make batting lineup stronger.

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Most of the guys here previously have mentioned that sanga is not a good t20 player. How dare can you say that? He is currently ranked no.16 in the t20s. Is it not enough! And in his first series as a skipper he led the Sri Lankan side ( currently the no. 1 side only lost once against west indies out of six) unbeaten till the WC t20 final.Don't you remember how sanga smashed 93 0f 40 against Indians with pure timing in that 400+ scoring match. And he had a very succesful season ipl with Punjab before he joins Deccan! So guys think wise and make comments!!! He should be back in the team after Chennai match! On his day no one can control him!