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

Sunrisers top table after another low-scorer

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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
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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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  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    In my view ... sunrisers batting line up must be muscled up for the coming matches.Shikar dhawan's inclusion boosts up the batting power up a lil bit... bowling wise... SRH has a strong and fruitful bowling line up. Sanga and white both have immense experience they can share with the youngsters.. They should groom players like vihari ,akshat reddy,samantray.... aashish reddy can pile up some runs in the tail end with some powerful strokes... They should have won that match with KKR. just beacuse of mediocre batting power.. they lost the match

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Thisara Perera 140 runs 9 wickes, in the purple cap list. come to bat in the middle order. 9 sixes but only 7 fours. looks better than Gayle. what should we call his batting?Thisara Hurricane?

  • POSTED BY 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 ............

  • POSTED BY 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...

  • POSTED BY RAJESRH 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.

  • POSTED BY Nampally 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!

  • POSTED BY JamesSmithee 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 !!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    MY TEAM AGAINST CHENNAI :

    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

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    In my view ... sunrisers batting line up must be muscled up for the coming matches.Shikar dhawan's inclusion boosts up the batting power up a lil bit... bowling wise... SRH has a strong and fruitful bowling line up. Sanga and white both have immense experience they can share with the youngsters.. They should groom players like vihari ,akshat reddy,samantray.... aashish reddy can pile up some runs in the tail end with some powerful strokes... They should have won that match with KKR. just beacuse of mediocre batting power.. they lost the match

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Thisara Perera 140 runs 9 wickes, in the purple cap list. come to bat in the middle order. 9 sixes but only 7 fours. looks better than Gayle. what should we call his batting?Thisara Hurricane?

  • POSTED BY 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 ............

  • POSTED BY 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...

  • POSTED BY RAJESRH 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.

  • POSTED BY Nampally 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!

  • POSTED BY JamesSmithee 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 !!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    MY TEAM AGAINST CHENNAI :

    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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    My Playing XI against Chennai

    1. Shikar Dhawan/Akshath Reddy 2. Pathiv Patel [WK] 3. Hanuma Vihari 4. Cameron White [C] 5. Biplab Samantray 6. Darren Sammy [WC] 7. Natham McCullum 8. Amit Mishra 9. Karan Sharma 10. Dale Steyn 11. Ishant Sharma

  • POSTED BY heyram99 on | April 20, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Guys, Sanga & Thissara cannot play against CSK in Chennai. So it would be Sammy & De Cock / Nathan Mc'Cullum, no other choice. If Nathan, then Parthiv comes in.

  • POSTED BY AdhilM on | April 20, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    I agree that Sangakkara should be back with this side.. maybe after the Chennai game. He should also keep wickets.. he's a great wicket keeper in the shorter formats and based on his past record it improves his batting. White is definitely the bigger hitter when compared to Sangakkara - however, he seems to be out of form and struggling with those big hits. I would replace him with Darren Sammy who can hold his own when it comes to hitting the ball out of the ground... and is a pretty useful bowling options - if the team needed it. Just food for thought...

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    SRH Won 5 Matches... Amit Mishra Won 3 MOMs Hanuma Vihari Won 2 MOMs

    SRH Won 5 Matches Because Of Thisara Perera, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra. Batting Department is upto LKG Standard... :'(

  • POSTED BY JaDeD_INDIAN on | April 20, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Well done SRH such a strong unit and for a change a bowling power house with Waqar as their coach. De cock might be talented but he still needs to grow and Sanga needs to come back and play his natural innings like Hussey for CSK because SRH are able to defend small totals and Sanga playing his natural stable game the score will easily reach 160.Not sure about White either but the foreign players strength isn't that great in SRH to replace him.

  • POSTED BY BanwariJhawar on | April 20, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    It was a complete team effort. If Sanga will come then who will be out of playing XI??

  • POSTED BY Shafi7 on | April 20, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    My SRH Playing XI for the match of CSK : 1.Dhawan, 2.Akshat , 3.Sangakara, 4.Vihari, 5.Perera, 6.Sammy, 7.Ashish, 8.Mishra, 9.Ksharma, 10.Steyn, 11.Ishant. and sympathy for de cock for his poor form. i suggest to give chance to sammay for a balancing middle order batting and bowling.

  • POSTED BY sameed129 on | April 20, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Sunrises has the best balling attack in the tournament. 8 out of 10 times they able to restrict opposite side around 130. Then their task it to maintain a 6.0 run rate in the chase. On that scenario sanga is the best choice to play the anchor role. Others should play around him. If the target is beyond 150 or something like that responsibility goes for other 10. But possibility is very low for such incident. Therefore de kock should be replaced with sanga back.(After sanga find his form) When compare White and Sammy, both can hit biggy. Plus Sammy can bear the pressure way better than White. And also Sammy is a bowling option too. I even can't see big magic on White's captaincy. Sanga won first 3 matches and he turned the luck around Sunrises after bad previous year performance. Therefore White should be replaced with Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @HTC android... great comment "This is the performance SRH batsmen in the entire series.(Runs---AVG---SR). NLTC Perera(140---23.33---150.53), GH Vihari(124---24.80---93.23), CL White(121---17.28---97.58), PA Patel(99---16.50---99.00), KC Sangakkara(84---16.80---95.45), PA Reddy(82---16.40---94.25),A Ashish Reddy(70---17.50---125.00),BB Samantray(49---24.50---96.07). Except perera every batted poorly and have a strike of below hundred. But why only sanga gets blamed here? " sure except for one innings(on the flatest track he played) WHITE has been dissapointed....sanga is the class batsmen and he should bat through...but bcz of players like patel nt doing anything sanga also try to slog and gets out...but if u see sanga at least add some 20s to the score...and De cock is a great talent but nt ready yet... sammy ok we know he gives everythibg but he is not a reliable batsman..so you dont want to weakn the batting more..

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 20, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @AMAZINGFAN: and others! tell me, u r batting first, not able to score whn Styn n Ishant bowling dnt want to take any risk in power play.. Ur score aftr 6ovr, 30 runs and lost 1 wicket now u r thinking to increase Run rate. $uddenly Mishra, mystery leg spiner is bowling u find batting becomes even more difficult now, u lost 2 more wickets. Ur score now aftr 12 ovr 65/3. Now dale styn comes back he hardly leaks any runs ur score aftr 17 ovr 100/4. In reamaing 3 ovrs u try to increase run rate by doing so u lost more wickets thn ur desire runs suddenly u find u r well shot of 20-30 runs and ur half of battle is already lost.. If Punjab asked SRH to bat first i ströngly believe they hv restricted them not more than 135 runs.. Any team will happily take this score .. So bating first n making 150 runs is easy or chasing around 135 runs is easy, which 1 u take ?? Its not batting first or second. Dnt play with opposition strength plz do ur home work ..

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Sanjay, We should call him 'This - Sara' OR 'This S(un) R(iser)'.......

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | April 20, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    All the people here take a kind note that JP is injured before including him in your 11

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | April 20, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    WELL WELL WELL..5/7. Now then, SRH has made everybody sit up and take a hard look at them. Good, but the real test with all big teams begins now. They cannot do the same limp-to-120s anymore. Warm up and experimenting is done.

    SRH XI: 1.Dhawan, 2.Patel, 3.White, 4.Vihari, 5.Perera, 6.Sammy, 7.Akshat, 8.Mishra, 9.Ksharma, 10.Steyn, 11.Ishant

    Bringing Sammy at 6 adds some depth to batting esp power hitter. Top 4 should look to play long innings especially White. Perera and Sammy can do the damage. Also Sammy adds another dimension to bowling making the opposition worry even more psychologically; he also is a T20 World cup winner. Take another look, Mishra coming at 8 is not bad!

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Sangakkara should come back. in these low scoring matches apparently he has done well, even top scored once. he should bat at 3 and be the person to bat 20 overs

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | April 20, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @Chaturanga Sumal: An indian under 19 player played a sensible knock at the top, scoring a well compiled 46 in a small run chase, and you call it a joke?

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | April 20, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Ah forgot about Dhawan. Dhawan must replace De Kock who is clueless in Asian conditions. Sammy can replace Sanga or even White. Being on top of the table shows that Sunrisers are very good. Steyn is simply in prime form helping SRH in a big way. If Thisara can improve his bowling, then the SRH bowling attack will be awesome.

    I am not worred about Thisara not getting man of the match award. In money terms Vihari and Thisara both got same amounts. At least Thisara is hard to be axed from the side on the current form.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | April 20, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Actually next year Sammy should captain SRH. He helped Windies win the T20 world cup and no way should Sanga captain SRH. Sammy is a power hitter but he must target bigger scores like Pollard and not just 20 off 10 balls like.

  • POSTED BY SL_legacy on | April 20, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Quinton De Kock is not a bad batsman by any mean. it's just that he is not used to subcontinent pitches. I believe he should be given another chance in CSK match and see how he goes. four foreign players for CSK should be White, De Kock, Mackay (Duminy if he is avilable) and Steyn. Sammy is not an option CSK. whoever comes, should be a genuine batsman or a bowler which Sammy is not. But Duminy can bowl and bit and Mackay can bat a bit

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 20, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Thissara Made a big impression because of the fact he finished off the match with one over to spare it improved their net-run-rate a bit.Cam White and de Kock Out; Sanga and JP in for the next match.For the Chennai match; Sammy,Steyn,JP,Cam White.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | April 20, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    @Htc-Android, sorry I disagree. Sammy is a batsman and a good bowlers. He has a test ton. He is like Angelo Mathews. I am for Sammy playing the next game instead of De Kock. Sammy and Thisara will be a superb powerhitting combination. Sanga should not play T20 cricket IMHO.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    sammy must play! like to see shikar dhawan as well! then the team will be lot more stronger!

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | April 20, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Winning matches against less rated teams doesnt show the real strength of the team,Saying Topping the table without playing against MI,CSK,RR is a joke. Even when Dhawan and Sammy comes in still SRH is not a complete team.

  • POSTED BY SL_legacy on | April 20, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    @all the haters who talk rubbish about Sanga: have all u forgotten how aggressive Sanga was when he & his team defended 126 against PWI at the 1st match they played? I see people talking about White being aggressive and blaming Sanga that he ain't that kind. Go back and see the results of their 1st match. Sanga used Sharma, Mishra & Thisara before the 18th over and only Steyn had an over to whom Sanga threw the ball to go for a kill. and Steyn magnificently delivered with 3 wickets. Only Ashish Reddy had an over to bowl and Sanga was brave enough to take that gamble. this is aggression people. I respect White for his captaincy and he is a good leader. but he is not the only one I guess...

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    MOM vihari?? what a big joke ,hahaaa. it should be tisara perera who did the damage and brought the victory!

  • POSTED BY dsklokuge on | April 20, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Good job was done by Perera and Vihari specially for this time .I believe sanga and sammy will played in the next game instead of kock and white. then their bowling attack will be more stronger than now .

  • POSTED BY cricPassion2009 on | April 20, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Thissara Perera was DAMN good. Lovely player, decent all-rounder. Sri Lanka produces great players - Aravinda de Silva, Ranatunga, Muralidharan, Jayasuriya, Mahanama, Sangakkara, Mahela - and now Perera..

    Keep it up SL.

  • POSTED BY arrow33 on | April 20, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    How can say "Sunrisers top table after another low-scorer"?

    Rajastan Royals should be the team which has to be on top, they have won 4 out of 5, means a rating of .80 and these guys have 5 out of 7, means a rating of .71!

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | April 20, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    @sweet2hrme,there is no wrong in batting first especially against a team like SRH who can't chase scores more than 140....yes they r keep opposition down to low scores but when they r up against good batting unit,i'm sure they will struggle a lot...we saw that in bangalore when kohli smoked all SRH bowlers....we will see how SRH play against top teams like CSK,MI,KKR,RR...only steyn and mishra r good,big teams will do nothing against steyn but they will attack other bolwers... i still think SRH bowling attack is mediocre

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | April 20, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    What Sunrisers can do is to replace Quinton with Sangakkara. He can also preferably keep and add balance to the team or else get in Parthiv Patel to do that. However, they should not forget the key ingredient that has enabled them to win- White's captaincy. Sangakkara is an average captain at test level, but at T20 he is pretty poor, though he is a great test batsman and failry useful at ODI and T20 level. Its time for franchisee owners to realise that great players are not necessarily great captains- such as Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Sangakkara- good players but not good captains. Dhoni, Gilchrist etc in contrast are very good T20 captains though Dhoni is not particularly good at test level. Dravid is great at T20, and would also have been good at Test if the Dada brigade had not been working overtime to undermine his captaincy.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | April 20, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    I watch IPL simply because of Sri Lankan players. Glad to see them perform well.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 20, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    This is the performance SRH batsmen in the entire series.(Runs---AVG---SR). NLTC Perera(140---23.33---150.53), GH Vihari(124---24.80---93.23), CL White(121---17.28---97.58), PA Patel(99---16.50---99.00), KC Sangakkara(84---16.80---95.45), PA Reddy(82---16.40---94.25),A Ashish Reddy(70---17.50---125.00),BB Samantray(49---24.50---96.07). Except perera every batted poorly and have a strike of below hundred. But why only sanga gets blamed here?

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | April 20, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    I believe De Kock will another game in chennai in the next game. But if he fails then sanga has to come back. I cannot see sammy as a replecement for sanga or Decock. Sammy is not even a batsman. He is just a pinch hitter and not very consistent. That will make the SRH batting even weaker.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Ipl 2013 hyderabad will win

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | April 19, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    @elgenioroshan:i agree the fact regarding Gayle but the point is the same performance only comes up when pressurized. For those who are asking for status on Shikhar Dhawan he has to undergo fitness test in NCA next week and upon clearence he will be good to join SRH squad.Coach Tom moody expects him to be back on 25 Apr match against CSK.Since NCA report is the final decision hence nobody is assuring anything as of now.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 19, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    @elgenioroshan ; Dude, u seem to be lost between ur own lines. I clearly understood what u had said earlier. U said Vihari deserved it coz he made a big impact early by scoring 40+ so if he hadn't done that Perera would have had a bigger target to achieve. So my argument was that in the previous match, Perera made a big impact by taking out that opening pair, otherwise Mishra wouldn't have had 19th over to bowl. So I said Perera deserved it (of course according to your logic). I even mentioned that I really don't who gets the MOM award too.

    Having said that, people have different opinions on who gets what. And they r fully entitled to express their opinions here. But , sure as hell, they don't expect YOU to explain them what's what. So my problem isn't with MOM award, but with u. A couple of times they've distributed those awards in a funny way. But when its about SL players , you always come up with a justification to prove it otherwise. Bottom line, you aint no expert either.

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | April 19, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    SRH probably has the best bowling attack not just on paper but more importantly on form. Steyn, Ishant, Mishra, Perera are firing on all cylinders which is making batting difficult for 16 overs. The other 4 overs are filled up by part timers like Reddy who is also not doing a bad job.

    A lot of people think T20 is a batsman's game but they couldnt be more wrong. The better bowling attack you have, the more games you win because they make it easier for their batsmen. Even if one or two batsmen click on the day in T20, its enough but all bowlers have to bowl well to restrict opposition. Hence, bowling makes the bigger difference.

  • POSTED BY elgenioroshan on | April 19, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    @kc69 - Dale Steyn was in RCB when Gayle was in KKR. Steyn played for RCB till 2010 but Gayle came to RCB in 2011.

  • POSTED BY elgenioroshan on | April 19, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks - U r acting silly pal by considering you know much better than cricket experts and commentators sitting out there to give awards. And u r calling me biased? LOL Didn't I say perera was outstanding today? But I haven't seen you even once praise another player than SL. Understand me first dude, I praise who performs. I have no considering towards Indians or other foreigners. I say again Perera was fantastic today but certainly you cant give MOM to someone who scores 3 sixes and forget about the person who actually anchored the innings and made sure he didn't give his wicket like others early on. As I said if Perera had taken atleast 2 wickets and with his 23 would be certain for MOM. Also first understand my previous comment, I didn't say perera deserved last MOM, Mishra deserved. So we are on the same page but u always tend to misunderstand. So first thing, learn to respect decisions of cricket experts rather than ur own biased saying. Cricinfo plz publish.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | April 19, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    This is what does when your team requires you.Thisara Parera was in CSK and nobody knew his importance,Dale Steyn was in RCB and was not quite effective(credit always went to Gayle).I believe Quinton De Cock is quite ineffective on these pitches.Try to bring Sanga back with Sammy(who looks excited to play in IPL) instead of White(inconsistent).

  • POSTED BY Mr.PALindrome on | April 19, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Abhiyog... I have replied to your earlier comment as well.. Either you are a die hard fan of one of RCB,CSK OR KKR (probably KKR) and u were unable to digest the fact that Sunrisers are on a winning roar... or you have a poor sense of the game and a narrow view of reality. So please dude, be a sport and grow up. You can state your opinion but here you are denying facts and reality. Its really obvious that you were unable to digest SRH winning. So good luck regarding that as there are more SRH wins to come.. And its a bold statement saying that SRH will lose matches (7) against CSK,MI,KKR and RR. Thats what been said eveyrtime a team played against SRH and you know what happened after that. You cannot predict the future and anything can happen in a T20 game. So Please learn to accept certain facts like SRH's winning run as facts won't change even if u deny it a 100 times. And like I said before SRH will only get better and betteras the tournament goes on.

    - Nitin

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 19, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    1. Dale Styn - Hardly gives any runs at any stage(15/1 in 4 ovr min) 2. Ishant Sharma- Giving gud support to Styn(26/2 in 4 ovrs min) 3. Amit Mishra- Rite now mistery leg spinner, every batsman is struggling to pick him. ( 18/3 in 4 ovrs min) 4. T Perara (28/2 in 4 ovrs min) 5. Karan $harma- bowling whn batsman think defensive and try to biuld partnership(30/1 in 4 ovr min) Now add all these runs..and wickets. U will find other team was always on struggling side becoz u dnt know whn to attack and whom to attack..

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 19, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    1. Dale Styn - Hardly gives any runs at any stage(15/1 in 4 ovrt min) 2. Ishant Sharma- Giving gud support to Stym(26/2 in 4 ovrs min) 3. Amit Mishra- Rite now mistery leg spinner, every batsman is struggling to pick him. ( 18/3 in 4 ovrs min) 4. T Perara (28/2 in 4 ovrs min) 5. Karan $harma- bowling whn batsman think defensive and try to biuld partnership(30/1 in 4 ovr min) Now add all these runs..and wickets. U will find always on struggling side becoz u dnt know whn to attack and whom to attack..

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 19, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @JG2704 ; Well, SRH batsmen need to figure out their specific roles. Sanga is the only class batsman SRH have got. But he isn't a slogger. His role his to play thru the innings n others can perform lil cameos around him. But on all previous occasions, other batsmen got out so cheap n so early. So Sanga was forced to go for big shots early in the innings which often proved to be ineffective . If they can bowl as an unit, why can't they bat as an unit ? Sanga had a marvelous run back in SL before the IPL. So there is no issue with his form. Its just, they don't bat as a cohesive unit. Anyway once Dhawan joins the team, things will get better. There is no one better than Sanga to strengthen the middle order. Dhawan can give a sweet start, Sanga can take it to the 17th/ 18th over then Perera can do the rest. :))

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | April 19, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Well now i can say that Sunrisers are the best bowling unit of the tournament.4 out of top 9 wicket takers this tournament belong to SRH.Now all they need is Sanga and Dhawan back in team to strengthen their batting.Just 3 or 4 wins in next 9 matches will see them into playoff's-Not bad for a new franchise.

  • POSTED BY Prady91 on | April 19, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    The overseas players for SRH should be steyn,perera,white,sanga. if white and sanga fail to perform they should be replaced by Sammy,mcullum or duminy. All three of them are pretty gud allrounders. Dekock,though uprising star is clearly not ready for such a big tournament at present

  • POSTED BY Prady91 on | April 19, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    @abhiyog- Just a few nites ago Pune defeated "mighty" CSK in their own backyard. SRH won both thier games against Pune.Kings XI defeated KKR , KKR defeated SRH, SRH defeated Kings XI. Anything can happen in ipl. Why do u have so much hatred against SRH?. 3/4 wins out of their remaining 9 games will take thru playoffs.

  • POSTED BY elgenioroshan on | April 19, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @Kolaa.srifan - Without that 40 odd from vihari would SRH win? Maybe Maybe not. If perera had come in early, he would have blasted a few but does he have the caliber to play majority of the overs? On his day he may but not every day. SRH would benefit if they use him as a pinch hitter not a regular batsman. Yesterday Dhoni scored 44 from 23 balls but was he MOM? It was given to Mike Hussey for his anchoring role of 65 from 50 odd balls. MOM for batsmen is mostly given to those who top score because anchoring the innings when wickets around u are falling is very imp. About last SRH match, Mishra was given MOM because he not only took 4 wickets but also scored 30(top scorer). Perera didn't click with the bat then and if Mishra didn't score that 30, then PWI would have easily won because they would have had to chase less than 100. So what looks better? Perera's 3 wickets and not much with bat or Mishra's 4 wickets and 30 runs? People who giv awards are experienced thn us and know better.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    @abhiyog.. CSK, RR has strong batting.. but their bowling is not that great.. SRH has the best bowling lineup among all the teams .. 3 SRH bowlers in top 5.. and steyn is not in that list.. If Dhawan, Sammy joins the team.. their batting will also improve..

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | April 19, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Do n't worry D.KOCK ....you are a very good player ..you deserve a place in SA squad....thanks to SANGAKARA for giving him chance....good luck D.KOCK

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 19, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @elgenioroshan ; I have no issue regarding who got the MOM award as Thisara never plays for awards. He delivers with the bat n ball as well as electric fielding despite being a big dude. But I couldn't let your totally biased comments go unanswered. Lets talk about the previous match. Thisara was the one who made the breakthrough by getting rid of both opening batsmen in consecutive deliveries when they were cruising to the victory. If it hadn't been for Thisara, there wouldn't have been a 19th over for Mishara to take a hat trick. So according to your logic, Thisara should have been the MOM. But it went to Mishra coz he was the one who took the team across the finish line, JUST LIKE THISARA DID TODAY when there were no recognized batsmen down the order. So Don't you think (according to your logic) that Thisra should have been the MOM today for his 23 outta 11 deliveries (and his economical bowling/ run out / the catch)?? LOL. Don't be silly pal.

  • POSTED BY icyram on | April 19, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Finally Hyd Team management and their Curator are in sync. A pitch like this, which is just a liitle sluggish, should work for them. Mishra-ji will always be a handful on these wickets, not to mention ever reliable Steyn. Hope they continue to make these 130-140 type of wickets because that's there best chance of going through. If they do make it to Play-off, it will be all about pressure and HSR are good at that (the underdog status works in their favour, where-in the expectation is low and pressure is on the other so-called Big teams). And with Dhawan's return round the corner I wish they go all the way.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | April 19, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Great to see Sunrisers win again! Superb captaincy again by White and some fine performances, enjoyed the way Perera finished the game and all the bowlers were good.

    I'm surprised to see so many bitter comments from Sri Lankans on these articles, as most Sri Lankans I've met aren't like this. Why not just enjoy the great performance of Perera? Sri Lankans can't play the next game in Chennai, I'm sure if De Kock and White fail again there will be changes after that.

  • POSTED BY abhiyog on | April 19, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Sorry for Sunrisers fans yet to face the might of CSK,MI or KKR, 6 defeats guaranteed of course RR under Darvid would be too much for Sunrisers...

  • POSTED BY _Sudeep on | April 19, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @ThyrSaadam Even Sunrisers are looking fwd to Shikar dhawan joining the team soon and Sunrisers might not be a side who can score more then 130 on a given day but with their consistent bowling attack they sure can restrict any team from scoring 150-160. That's one reason why they are winning games.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 19, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks on (April 19, 2013, 18:39 GMT) Agree re Perrera but unlike White Sanga hasn't done it it any game. Same as Jaya for his side.

    I'd personally like to see how guys like Duminny , Sammy and Mckay get on and the only way to do this would be to leave out 1 or 2 of the overseas players.

    Steyn and Perrera have justified their places. Sanga, White (by and large) and De Koch so far haven't

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 19, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    @loris: how can u say that they cant chase a big total..! Ok they cant but how they leak or give too many runs for chase. See every team is struggling to post big total against these quality bowler! Now it will be certain that they will be in semis.. This tym kolkota may suffer othr 3 team u guys knows..

  • POSTED BY Quipster on | April 19, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    @ ThyrSaadam which world r u livin in man?? u want sunrisers to end up @ the bottom of d table after scoring!! If tht wasnt enough u r worried they cant score more thn 130!!! looks like being a RCB fan u r still sore abt d way ur team lost d super over.. SRH hv only been gettin better in this season of ipl n hey u hv 2 compare the money pumped in by RCB screwin up Kingfisher airlines n UB grp.. sorry we arent tht lucky ... lovin ur team is alright but hating others jus because they r performin extraordinarily might suggest u hv some serious isuues..

    except for RR even if the othr teams play as many matches as SRH n win all of them they'll jus equal them nt surpass.. so u can keep dreamin.. as for SRH as long as u keep winnin.. whom u choose in d palyin XI hardly matters!!! Waitin for Dhawan to join.. n then we can see some battin fireworks.. Keep up the good work guys...

  • POSTED BY Kolaa.srifan on | April 19, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    @sweet2hrme:totaly agree with you mate. Why are you give a chance to your opponent to play their strength at you..? Should expose their weekneses. Horrible thinking by gilly and lehmen.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 19, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    @kevepere ; I am not sure how well SRH will do against CSK in Chennai without Thisara's bowling n batting coz they are surely gonna need a hell of a lot of fire power there. And V Sharma is definitely a "NO GO" for CSK match. Left handed Raina will take his leg spin apart.

  • POSTED BY icyram on | April 19, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Anyone knows, when Dhawan's coming back? Next match is not until 25th. Hope he is back. And What happened to Duminy, he scores at very pace and always stays till end.

  • POSTED BY zesh92 on | April 19, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    I think Adam Gilchrist is not utilizing Azhar Mehmood smartly firstly he should bat at No 3 or 4 and he shouldn't be bowling at the death. He should bowl all his overs between 6 to 15 over, one is thing is for sure that he will be economical and might chip in with one or two wicket here or there

  • POSTED BY Slizzle on | April 19, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    De Kock hasn't performed.....maybe needs a few more games, not like any other batsmen from SRH are blowing the bowlers away or scoring big

  • POSTED BY Kolaa.srifan on | April 19, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @elgenioroshan: then last match MOM should be perera, because he was the man who did well with ball(3-20) otherwise there was not 19th over.LOL. In that day if not mishra's hatrick pune could win, today without those 3 sixers match could won by kxip. Then mishra and today thisara deserved for MOM.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 19, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    DeCock is a baby, sure he is talented but just looks like a complete rabbit in headlights here in both games ! how is he getting preference over the T20 world cup winning captain ? Darren Sammy needs to play !

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 19, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Guys if write comments some thing like where its gone wrong for Punjab or SRH played gud cricket or todays team weakness or strength.. than its appreciable but not like who is Mom? He shld get mom etc etc

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 19, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    If u r batting first against these bowlers of SRH than u r asking 4 trouble.. I wönder, Any coach & team staff hv not noticed 1 think that is whn SRH is batting first they fail to post big score.. as their batting strength is poor..! Thats why im always saying that "Always do proper analysis and proper home work". Its not only to work on laptop or win the toss bat first, pitch get slow in end, diffcult pitch, looks gud batting.. Etc etc! No game Plan of visitors team..

  • POSTED BY loris on | April 19, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Anyhow, sunrisers are the top of the table nw, but they cant win the title, bcoz, they cant chase a big total, if they bat first, they cant put a big total in the score board. there is no proper/inform batsmens in the lineup.if they can improve bating lineup there is a chance. another thing is its nice to give chances to sanga as a wicket keeper, parthiv should be out, if sanga got his form it will gve the sunrisers wt they lack nw, by the way, de cock is not performing well. other thng is there is no talented young/old indian cricketers in the team comparing to the CSK, RR, MI(except sachin) and RCB.

  • POSTED BY elgenioroshan on | April 19, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @ Lasantha_Sandaruwan - Rightly said mate. Perera is the only Srilankan that's performing well in this IPL. Its a treat to watch him hit those big sixes. He can easily compete with Pollard and Gayle. Other SL players should take a leaf out of his book and start performing since we are almost mid way through the IPL.

  • POSTED BY elgenioroshan on | April 19, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    @SL_rockz : No doubt thisara was amazing. But u wanted the MOM to be given to him just because he hit 3 sixes? if a new player came in to face the last ball and 6 was required of it, if he hit a 6 and won the match for the team would you say he should be MOM and forget people who contributed to reach that last ball? Same way Vihari played the anchor role at the top with being the top scorer. Perera is a death over slogger. He is known for clearing boundaries not for being a class act or a specialist batsman. He cannot play the swinging new ball well that's why you need specialist batsmen to remove the shine of the new ball. If Perera had taken atleast a couple of wickets, then I would say yes he deserves to MOM. But he didn't have luck with wickets today even though he was economical but just for 3 sixes to be granted MOM doesn't justify.

  • POSTED BY cricket-india on | April 19, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    time for JPD or sammy to have a go for Hyd...even Ravi Teja is being wasted.

  • POSTED BY kevepere on | April 19, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Vihari will be a great talent for India in future. Saying that lets analyse SRH team. Absolutely brilliant bowling unit,no doubt. For the next Chennai match Thisara wont be there. As for the young De Cock is unlikey to succeed in India . So the SRH would find tough! Dhawan must return ! For the Chennai match.. 1. Dhawan 2. Akshath Reddy 3. Vihari 4. White 5. Samantray 6. Nathan Mcculum 7. Sammy 8. Mishra 9. Steyn 10. V Sharma 11. Ishant.. If SRH beat CSK in Chennai I would definitely say SRH would be the team to watch out ! Dont let CSK score more than 140 then we can have a close much!

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | April 19, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    @_Sudeep RCB will be just fine when Tiwary, and Pujara come back from injury. Oh did i just make the batting order now look even more formidable. If i was the Sunrisers fan i would be worried that my team cant score more than 130, and when luck runs out my team will not be winning as much with resepct to close finishes.

  • POSTED BY arun02k81a0205 on | April 19, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Wow SRH!! what a team. The team who were stated as under dogs have totally reversed the tables. But they should continue this to go thru to the Qualifiers. Really surprised the critics. Still they have to compete against the bigger teams like MI and CSK. If they win atleast 1 against each of them, then i think they are thru to qualifiers and strong contenders to win this year's IPL. For god sake, SRH owner please change the jersey of this team atleast for next season. Players look horrible in this jersey. The jersey in last 3 editions was way better than this.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 19, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Sun Risers lived up to their reputation of keeping the opposition down to low score & managing to get to the winning post thru collective effort of the local batsmen. SRH did well to restrict the Kings XI to 123, Azhar Mahmood their star all rounder was a non factor in batting & a big factor in letting 3 sixers to Perera in his bowling. Spinners Mishra & Sharma did well for the SRH to keep the runs down & get 4 wkts. between them with leg spinners. In the 'death overs" SRH were great again in restraining the Kings XI from 88 or 4 after 14 overs to 123 for 9 - incl. 4 wkts. in 4 balls. SRH batting was well paced aided by opener Reddy & Vihari to carry them half way to the winning total. But then they floundered in run rate when they lost 2 wkts. However Perera finished the game in swash buckling manner with 3 Sixers off Mahmood in the same over. I was surprised Sanga dropped himself again in favour of de Kock who got out for a duck.With this win SRH showed what team work can do in T20!

  • POSTED BY Lasantha_Sandaruwan on | April 19, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Of all the sri lankan player in 2013 ipl, only thisara perera has the talent to perform well. At least one sl player to make us proud. Bating, Bowling & Fielding he is a star. What a pic from sunrisers. 100% genuine match winner. Along with stayn, perera is certain overseas player for every match for sunrisers. Congrats pererea. keep it up.

    He may still not be a legend, but he will deliver when its matters. Thats whats counts.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    I can only think of when Dhawan comes into playing XI, how the SRH as a team would look like.... :-)

    A new formidable team for IPL. No one in any form of T20, has restricted / defended low scores consistently as SRH did. They bring in a very new experience within T20 and IPL. Only on their bad day, they will let opposition score eclipse beyond 150.

    I would say, if CSK is batting frenetic team, SRH would be frenetic in all other departments :-). RR is well balanced across the board.

    Eagerly waiting for the match between CSK and SRH.

    I somehow feel, in this IPL, CSK, SRH and RR becoming responsible for rejuvenating the fan flair for IPL. Keep up the good work teams...

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    I rly enjoy these low scoring matches.. Those hapen to be more exciting than high scoring matches.. I think so far this is the best IPL i have watched. I love seeing these low anticipated teams being suprising bigger teams..

    I rly think Sanga should be in the line up.. Also white should be given a rest and Dumminy should take his spot.. Why Dhawan is not playing???? Does anybody know the reason.. I am really suprised not seing hom in the side..

  • POSTED BY _Sudeep on | April 19, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    White mentioned in the press conference that they are giving Quinton De Kock a chance so that he will can used to the surroundings before then match with Chennai where Sanga cannot play. Also, he's playing in India for the first time and it's not fair to just give him a game or two to prove himself.

    @abhiyog You want Steyn to be a part of a team that has the best batting line up (Mumbai) and get's all out for 92? and RCB? who are mainly dependent upon Gayle and AB. You must be kidding bro. Look at the points table and you'll realize who's playing the best and who's just ORDINARY.

    The best part about Sunrisers and Rajasthan is they are playing as a unit and the local players are making a difference.

  • POSTED BY amilag on | April 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    what a striker THISARA is? My goodness those sixes were really big! He is a bi big hitter. He is th main reason behind the success of Sunrisers!

  • POSTED BY Mr.PALindrome on | April 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    @abhiyog.... There is no team called "ordinary" as it is the players that develop the team and Steyn is well a part of it with other players like mishra , perera etc. Whatever you said that CSK,MI,KKR,RCB will reach the semis is clearly an overstatement and the points table through the midway stage tells a different story altogether. Teams like PWI,SRH,RR,KXI pulled off exciting victories against these big teams you said and are good contenders to reach the final four. SRH pulled off good victories thanks to their bowling and is only getting better. They found really good Indian local consistent players like Karan, Vihari, AAReddy who are playing consistently. They have players like Sammy and Nathan Mccullum to follow in case if White and Sanga both fail. And arrival of Dhawan will make it even better. They have the most deadly and consistent bowling attack in this IPL. If you ask me, CSK, RCB and SRH are sure to make the final four,We have to see what would be the fourth one. -Nitin

  • POSTED BY Kolaa.srifan on | April 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Lot of indian fans underestimate sl players. I see that lot of comments on perera to be replace with sammy and lot of high fi things on de kock, but he show that he is not matching with these conditions with either keeping or batting. I'd like to see what sammy doing in chennai..

  • POSTED BY ThyrSaadam on | April 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Soon enough when Sunrisers end up on the other side of close finishes, they'll be back where they belong... at the bottom of the table or close to it, as DD and PWI are competing for that spot. They have also played more games than any of the teams, and with so many teams with simillar W?L ratio, NRR is going to become critical.

  • POSTED BY recycle-bin-is-empty on | April 19, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    The decison to leave Sanga is a bad move in my book. Every team needs atleast one or two players at the top who olay the anchoring role. RR have Dravid, CSK have Hussey, RCB have Kohli etc. Sunrisers have one such player in Sanga, who should rotate himself like Dravid depending upon the situation of the match. Nonetheless, in my opinion, granted that though Sanga has been out of form this ipl, but he still needs to play, he is an important player whose experience and quality will be much needed in the playoffs. THe sooner he gets into form the better. Also, once Dhawan returns SRH will become the team to beat!! One more thing, they need to give Mishra and Steyn some proper rest and should not play them in every match so that they remain injury free.

    As for Kings XI, their problem can pretty much be solved once their openers start to fire.

  • POSTED BY RAAJDOOT on | April 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    go SRH...batting starts clicking as soon as Shikar joins the team..no stopping..

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | April 19, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    MOMshould be given to Thisara .Second time in a row injustice happened to Thisara .Without those 3 sixers game would have gone either way.(fancy king XI) .That brutal hitting change the course of the match and the tempo as well. And they were hit under pressure .IF one of them just mishit by one second it would cost the match as well.BUt u know SL are not playing for MOM's just to see the team wins.MOM and other stuff are bonuses and real spirit lies in seeking your team to a win....De cock Vs sanga ..GOt the answers now !!! Dont talk a word about it again ..Two ducks ..BOTH ARE BOWLED !!! Sanga in for next game .....

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | April 19, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    THISARA PERERA... He just smoked it. :))) Once again he proved that he is the most valuable player in SRH with those towering sixes disappeared into the Hyderabad night sky . Top scorer for SRH 140 runs at strike rate of 150.53 and 9 wkts (more than Steyn). Some people here wanted him to be replaced by Sammy. LOL

    De KOCK - What a replacement for LEGENDARY Sanga. lol I thoroughly enjoyed his batting. A treat to watch. LOL I hope all the obnoxious ppl who asked De Kock over Sanga enjoyed his fine innings. LOL

    WHITE - As I said before utterly useless. A failure as a batsman n a captain. The man who is supposed to be a hitter got bowled by defending a length ball. lol

    VIHARI - A good man, a sensible player, a team player and way better than useless White. I hope he will have a good future in Cricket, possibly get to play for Team India someday.

    Sanga, join the playing XI asap. get rid of White n De Kock immediately. bring McCullum or Sammy into the squad.

  • POSTED BY Kolaa.srifan on | April 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Well done SRH... They are briliant in their home and similar conditions. But in batting friendly surfaces like bangaluru,wankade,jaipur,mohali they will be in trouble as we allready seen in bagaluru.

  • POSTED BY Prady91 on | April 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @abhiyog- wat do u mean by SRH being a boring team? every match it has won has being a close one. It has the best bowling attack of all the teams. If u think T20 is all about power-hitting ur mistaken my frnd. Dhawan and sammy addition is a bonus for SRH.

  • POSTED BY doriangray349 on | April 19, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @ abhiyog : how immature can you be? performance has nothing to do with the team members but at that point in time who is the best, three out of 4 teams you state are playing pathetically horrible and unless they improve why would anyone say other wise. Kudos to the smaller teams doing well.

  • POSTED BY santhoo24 on | April 19, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Hyd, one of the three teams with negative net run rate, yet on top of the table! NRR could play a role at some point. But for now, very happy to see Hyd topping the chart. Kudos.

  • POSTED BY era89 on | April 19, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    How on this world that Perera missed the MOM award again... any way what a finish... WHAT A PLAYER TO WATCH...cannot remember a player who does it so easy when it comming to cleaing the rope so easily except LORD GAYLE.. sunrisers had done a great buisness by bringing him... and after chennai sanga should start ...yea he may be not in form but stil he made some runs at least unlike de cock and white..I would kike to see droping white for Sammy as well.but Sunrisers wont do it.... And misra proved he is way better than chawla.... as it is...

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    sanga was home for a couple of days just to celebrate the sri lankan new year. hopefully he'll be back. anyway he did not perform well. his batting style doesnt suit this format.

  • POSTED BY Kolaa.srifan on | April 19, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Unfortunately thisara will miss chennai match.. Huge releif for dhoni and co....

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @abhiyog - You may be right of top4, but tell me one game out of 7 that Sunrisers played... and was a boring game...? With the boring team that you think, they are sitting at the top... time to appreciate, mate !! - Great Teams create great players... Great players cannot form a great team...

  • POSTED BY sweet2hrme on | April 19, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Same old story again a visitor team is batting first putting just score run a ball and host team in the end chased it from here n there so nothing new! Wy visitor team's coach & staff not learning..! U hv taken batting first knowing the fact that SRH bowling attack is very best.! If u r batting first than u r targeting some where around 140-150 runs if u hv not reached that target than it means ur half of battle is lost! PK XI is playing with 7 batsman most of them are very ordinary! Do u think Mandeep Singh is a opener, what is Vohra doing ?? Every body is saying lots about sachin and ponting but what these youngster of india(Mandeep, Vohra, Juneja, A Nayar, M Pandey) looks horrorible whn they are batting.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | April 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Q de kock and White what a pair of legends! Nothing but flat-tack bullies. You have defend low-shooters if you a international player or a over-hyped one. Q de Kock is too young and inexperienced. and White scored a 50 on the fllattest of pitches in bengalore while thissara scored 23 of 11 on a tough pitch. HA HA HA

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    This is seriously some bowling unit. Can't wait to see it perform against batting powerhouses like MI and CSK. Sunrisers are showing it's the bowling that wins you games more consistently rather than the batting. SUNRISERS you Rock!

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @Abhiyog: It will be boring if the same teams make to the playoffs. And you cannot call a table topper an ordinary side, especially after 7 games. If the table topper is an ordinary side for you, what do you call other teams. Dont remind me of the past. Its gone, and will never come back. Its all History. Tell me, what is happening now.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Perera you beauty! after dhawan comes patel/reddy,dhawan,sammy,vihari,sanga,perera,reddy/samantray,mishara,sharma,ishant,stayen white is out of form same as Kock

  • POSTED BY jcdill on | April 19, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    i am really happy the way things have gone for sunrisers except few things still to worry abt.the balling attack has been come good for them from the beginning.bt the batting has some issues to be readjusted.i thing Quintin de kock is not a good replacement as the overseas player for sanga.he is nvr seems to get runs here.if sanga still think to sit aside,then bring Sammy to the team and bring Thisara to the top order.i wd guarantee that he wd be more than handy in that spot.Guyz there is only 20 overs to bat.you need only hitters in your team more than specialist batsmen who consistently fails.....????

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Sams Agree. de Knock got 2 chances. Also Sanga has scored atleast two 20+ and also the highest from the team in one match. He just couldn't get his rhythm. Please don't bring Patel back.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Let de kock play with SA A team to India or if SA tour India let him experience otherwise he will keep failing. But his dismissal was a beauty from Praveen Kumar who with Bhuneshwar Kumar will cause havoc for many team especially in proper swinging and seaming conditions!

  • POSTED BY AneYako on | April 19, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Perera was robbed of MOM again! Vihari played well but Thisara was the difference between the two teams....what a fun player to watch

  • POSTED BY MadrasCity on | April 19, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sanga wasnt to try De Cock as srilankan players cannot play a match in Chennai . SO may be that's why he is sensibly trying out his combinations. Sun riser's have very good bowling attack that's there strength. I feel Sangakara should play a role like what Hussey does for chennai. Done loose wickets for first 6 overs the explode.

  • POSTED BY abhiyog on | April 19, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Sad to see Steyn being part of an ordinary side had he played for CSK,MI,KKR,RCB would have been grt as these are the teams most likely to make it to playoffs unless RR continue their good work anyways if boring teams like Sunrisers,Kings punjab,PWI or Delhi reach playoffs then it will be a boring Champions League

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 19, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Experiment is over. De cock never experienced Indian pitches before. Sangakkara has to be back.

  • POSTED BY sams235 on | April 19, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Why wouldnt Sanga not play? He was 'hired' because he is a good player and a captain. Whats the point of sidelining himself. I dont understand. I would rather have Patel dropped and Sanga keep.

  • POSTED BY sams235 on | April 19, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Why wouldnt Sanga not play? He was 'hired' because he is a good player and a captain. Whats the point of sidelining himself. I dont understand. I would rather have Patel dropped and Sanga keep.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | April 19, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Experiment is over. De cock never experienced Indian pitches before. Sangakkara has to be back.

  • POSTED BY abhiyog on | April 19, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Sad to see Steyn being part of an ordinary side had he played for CSK,MI,KKR,RCB would have been grt as these are the teams most likely to make it to playoffs unless RR continue their good work anyways if boring teams like Sunrisers,Kings punjab,PWI or Delhi reach playoffs then it will be a boring Champions League

  • POSTED BY MadrasCity on | April 19, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sanga wasnt to try De Cock as srilankan players cannot play a match in Chennai . SO may be that's why he is sensibly trying out his combinations. Sun riser's have very good bowling attack that's there strength. I feel Sangakara should play a role like what Hussey does for chennai. Done loose wickets for first 6 overs the explode.

  • POSTED BY AneYako on | April 19, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Perera was robbed of MOM again! Vihari played well but Thisara was the difference between the two teams....what a fun player to watch

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Let de kock play with SA A team to India or if SA tour India let him experience otherwise he will keep failing. But his dismissal was a beauty from Praveen Kumar who with Bhuneshwar Kumar will cause havoc for many team especially in proper swinging and seaming conditions!

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Sams Agree. de Knock got 2 chances. Also Sanga has scored atleast two 20+ and also the highest from the team in one match. He just couldn't get his rhythm. Please don't bring Patel back.

  • POSTED BY jcdill on | April 19, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    i am really happy the way things have gone for sunrisers except few things still to worry abt.the balling attack has been come good for them from the beginning.bt the batting has some issues to be readjusted.i thing Quintin de kock is not a good replacement as the overseas player for sanga.he is nvr seems to get runs here.if sanga still think to sit aside,then bring Sammy to the team and bring Thisara to the top order.i wd guarantee that he wd be more than handy in that spot.Guyz there is only 20 overs to bat.you need only hitters in your team more than specialist batsmen who consistently fails.....????

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Perera you beauty! after dhawan comes patel/reddy,dhawan,sammy,vihari,sanga,perera,reddy/samantray,mishara,sharma,ishant,stayen white is out of form same as Kock

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @Abhiyog: It will be boring if the same teams make to the playoffs. And you cannot call a table topper an ordinary side, especially after 7 games. If the table topper is an ordinary side for you, what do you call other teams. Dont remind me of the past. Its gone, and will never come back. Its all History. Tell me, what is happening now.