Punjab v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mohali May 11, 2013

Sunrisers stay hot on others' heels


Sunrisers Hyderabad 150 for 7 (Parthiv 61, Perera 32*, Sandeep 3-21) beat Kings XI Punjab 120 for 9 (Sammy 4-22, Steyn 2-20) by 30 runs
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Sunrisers Hyderabad kept their bid for making the playoffs more than alive after their win over Kings XI Punjab took them level with Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are placed fourth on the table thanks to a superior net run rate. With 10 points from 13 matches, Kings XI were all but out of the reckoning.

It was a scrappy match full of dropped catches, missed chances and bad shots, played on a patchy pitch. If the bowlers hit the two patches of green on the track, they derived seam movement and variable bounce. The match began with the weaker suits of both sides coming against each other as Adam Gilchrist inserted Sunrisers.

The two youngsters who came into the match, Harmeet Singh and Sandeep Sharma, benefited from a mix of poor strokes and the capricious pitch, to reduce Sunrisers to 52 for 5 in the ninth over.

Parthiv Patel stuck in, though, to score his first IPL half-century in three years. His previous fifty, too, came against Kings XI, but for Chennai Super Kings. The partnership between him and Karan Sharma wasn't the prettiest thing going around, but they added 42 runs, and gave Thisara Perera some sort of platform to launch from.

Perera and Parthiv, helped by a drop by Gilchrist and some ordinary death bowling, added 56 in the last 5.1 overs to take Sunrisers to what looked like an above-par total. It proved to be one, especially with Dale Steyn going for just two runs in the first over and removing Mandeep Singh for a duck.

Shaun Marsh and Gilchrist kept the chase going with a 44-run second-wicket stand. Darren Sammy, however, came on and ended the chase for all practical purposes with three soft dismissals. Marsh and Gilchrist pulled at balls that were not short enough, and fell to the first two balls Sammy bowled.

In Sammy's next over, David Miller, Kings XI's biggest hope, drove a length ball straight down cover's throat. Game over. R Sathish and Sunrisers' fielders tried their best to keep the chase interesting, but Luke Pomersbach's slow innings of 33 off 40 put paid to that.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • aletheia on May 12, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    SRH deserved this victory, thanks to the contributions from Parthiv, Karan and Thisera with the bat and Sammy & Steyn with the bowl.However, they should improve their fielding and batting to stay in contention for the play-offs. I have been observing their batting throughout this tournament and I sincerely believe that they have better batsmen in the lower order than some of the top-order players. These all-rounders like Ashish Reddy and Karan Sharma can definitely come up in the order and play with a better strike rate than H Vihari.One should remember that Vihari is more of a test player mould like Sanga as someone has already pointed it out. So, SRH can consider bringing in Ravi Teja instead of Vihari for the next matches.Ravi Teja is an excellent fielder and can score some quick runs too.Best wishes to SRH

  • James on May 12, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Still can't understand why people thinks wickets of Sanga,Ricky, sachin,Gilly, Marsh, White are big wickets. Lot of criticism there when they played in first XI. These people hardly trying to secure place in a team. I feel these people will put Bradmon as most valuable wicket if he is live and selected by MI team.

  • RAVINDER on May 12, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    I agree with Kristee and Luke has always struggled in Indian conditions.You can see his past record too when he played for KXIP for 1st three years of IPL. When I saw his name in the playing eleven I thought he would open coz he just can not bat against slow bowlers/spinners which he showed yesterday and cost the KXIP the match.Punjab needed just one batter to bat sensible even when they were 52 for 4 as 150 still is modest total. But Gilly played atrocious shot the very next ball When Marsh got out that shows he is not "ON' in this match. Now Gilly should give Azhar,Manan,Gurkeerat and few other inclu foreigners players more chance in the next matches.They won 4 out of first 7 matches but lost 5 out of next killing their fans hope (Azhar was not part of team in most of these matches) .If they want continue support from their fans they should pick some good Indian talent next auction rather than saving money like they did last time.(Like Bhajji Yuvi Rahul sharma play for Punjab)

  • vas on May 12, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Parthiv, Perera and Sammy, all three contributed equally to win the match. Take anyone of these three out and KXIP would've won. It depends on who selects the MOM award. Perera won innovative thinker award. What award Sammy needs when he has his little daughter to celebrate, with the pink dummy and all.

  • Kris on May 12, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Again a batter is preferred for MOM. Actually SRH's fielding, Patel included, was pathetic. Just that KEP played even more badly and lost. Sammy deserved the award, in any case.

  • Kris on May 12, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Luke has a very good record in T20. Much better than some iconic gentlemen's. Perhaps he is struggling to adapt to the Indian conditions.

  • Mahbubur on May 12, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Thisara Perrera is the best player of SRH this season. I have a supporter of SRH from this season and he remains my cantain always in the fantasy team. Though still a long way to go for SRH to next into the top four, i hope they will do it. What is most necessary for them is a big innings from their top batsmen like White/Dhawan/Sanga. And adding Sammy into the squad has added some some ice on the cake for their already great bowling attack.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Luke Pormesbach...batting was a surprise for me...a batsman who not out ...played 40 balls...and even team lost by 30 runs...how he can do this...i were Gilli..i might have shoot him...he never tried to do except defense..and save his wicket

  • Kavin on May 12, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Hmmmm...did anyone else noticed Luke Pomersbach's suspicious batting? Was he playing to win or lose? Who on earth wants to display his front foot defense in a T20 match specially when team needs 9 runs per over? Strange!

  • Isuru on May 12, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    MOM should be Luke Pormesbach.