Hyderabad v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 20, 2013

'Amazing to be in top four' - Dhawan

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In a must-win situation Sunrisers Hyderabad registered yet another win at their home ground, this time against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, and became the fourth team to qualify for the playoffs in their first season under new ownership. Shikhar Dhawan, the opening batsman, told the IPL site that it was "amazing to see our name in the top four", after not many had given the team a chance.

Kris Srikkanth, Sunrisers' mentor, was also overjoyed with the result and compared the team's successful league-stage run to that of the Indian team during the 1983 World Cup.

"My memories went down to the 1983 World Cup," Srikkanth told the site. "Nobody gave us a chance in the World Cup that year, but we qualified and won at the end of the day. The feeling today is quite similar as no one gave the Sunrisers a chance in the tournament, and today we have qualified for the playoffs."

Chasing 131, Dhawan set up the platform with an 89-run opening partnership with Parthiv Patel, before the team slumped to 112 for 5 in the 18th over. But Darren Sammy shrugged the team's nervousness aside with two consecutive sixes in the penultimate over to spark wild celebrations.

"I feel it was a great opening partnership between me and Parthiv," Dhawan said. "We got off to a good start and did the job for our team. Also, hats off to Darren Sammy who held his nerve to finish the game for us."

Once again Sunrisers' bowlers didn't allow a visiting team to go past 130 (as has been the case in all games except in the one against Chennai Super Kings), despite the absence of Ishant Sharma, who missed out due to illness. His replacement, Anand Rajan, gave away 22 runs in his four overs and picked up a wicket to maintain the team's strong showing in the field.

"We have a lethal bowling attack with Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma adding firepower in the beginning and at the death; and we have quality spinners like Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma who thrive in pairs in the mid-innings," Dhawan said. "We have a similar logic with respect to our batting too."

Sunrisers will now face Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator, which is to be played in Delhi on Wednesday.

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  • johnathonjosephs on May 20, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Tom Moody is an unbelievable coach. Sri Lankan fans will know this because he was a great coach for Sri Lanka a good time back. Also, when Waqar Younis is the coach of the bowling unit, what more can you deduce? There is a very good reason that this unit is consistently able to blast out top notch sides for 120 and its due to amazing coaching. Go Sunrisers, take the cup

  • Alishaa on May 21, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    comparing a league match with internationals ridiculous

  • ajithabey on May 21, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    My bets are on sunrisers to win the championship as they have a great allround team including the coaches.Why is Sangakkara opting out of important matches is another question to be answered as it cannot be merely for loss of form?? Good luck to Sunrisers and keep up to your name.

  • on May 21, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    @ Jack_dawson Strengthen your bowling line-up and come back pls!

    At the moment, RCB has a Strong Spin Bowling line-up with Murali Karthik, Vinay Kumar and Unadkat. They need to find some medium fast bowlers to defend their big scores

  • on May 21, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    dont know why ,they are not mentioning Thisara here,2nd best Batting avg & 2nd in leading wicket takers fro SRH

  • Vishal_07 on May 21, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Come on, any team having Steyn can never be counted out! Plus, if you have SRH who are an underdog, you also have RR which had about the same odds before the tournament started.

    And how can anybody even compare club teams with international teams. India beating WI in 1983 happens once in a millennium, a team of nobodies (ODI performance only before you hit me with Gavaskar's overall stats) except for Kapil and may be Srikkanth to some extent vs. a team full of legends. If that was a best of 3 finals, WI would have won 2-1. SRH vs. RR is not even close!

  • on May 20, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    well done hydrabad... bye bye RCB........

  • on May 20, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    @ Deepanjan Dutta "cut the hyperbole?" Why Man? I strongly believe that the mentally strong performance of the sunrisers throughout the league games is largely because of their coaching quartet "Tom Moody, Waqar Younis, VVS Laxman and last but certainly not the least, our very own Cheeka". Tom Moody provided that professionalism in a side that needed that really badly due to their lack of star power. Waqar Younis, well can you ask for a better mentor for a bowling attack led by steyn gun. In addition, Ishant Sharma, perera, even Anand Rajan yesterday seemed to blossom under the shade of Wagar Younis. VVS Laxman provided with that eternal calmness on the field, the ability to close out tight finshing games and that never-say-die attitude. And finally. cheeka...O what a personality he is. That extremely radiant energy that makes you smile even at death. He was the reason why despite doing low scores, they had tons of enthusiasm and loads of cheeka'ism. HATS OFF TO THEM

  • on May 20, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    SRH will find the going hard in the playoffs and they should thank their stars that they face RR now and not MI or CSK! it is perhaps their best chance to progress further... since they have got only one shot at the semis, they need some luck as well, especially in the batting department... once dhawan, white and perera are back, they fall like a pack of cards.... if they bat first and put up even a decent score of say 150 then they will stand a great chance of winning... good luck SRH!!! you have truly entertained the fans all season! :)

  • cricket-india on May 20, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    cheeka/moody, now that the dust has settled you have to look at the right combo that'll take you forward from here. vihari is not cutting it at No.3. bring raviteja into the middle order and move white or perera to the No.3 spot, let them gte a few balls to settle down and hit out. think seriously if you want the blow hot blow cold ishant or the steadier anand rajan (remember his yorker last year?) to partner steyn - ishant's illness yesterday might have just been the blessing in disguise you guys needed. give sammy more bowling, remember evry bowler gets 4 overs and sammy has to be one of them unless he goes for big runs. don't bring sanga back at any cost, with due respect his mojo is on vacation for this tournament. bat first and set the best total you can, then do your strangling thing, it's your best chance.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 20, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Tom Moody is an unbelievable coach. Sri Lankan fans will know this because he was a great coach for Sri Lanka a good time back. Also, when Waqar Younis is the coach of the bowling unit, what more can you deduce? There is a very good reason that this unit is consistently able to blast out top notch sides for 120 and its due to amazing coaching. Go Sunrisers, take the cup

  • Alishaa on May 21, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    comparing a league match with internationals ridiculous

  • ajithabey on May 21, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    My bets are on sunrisers to win the championship as they have a great allround team including the coaches.Why is Sangakkara opting out of important matches is another question to be answered as it cannot be merely for loss of form?? Good luck to Sunrisers and keep up to your name.

  • on May 21, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    @ Jack_dawson Strengthen your bowling line-up and come back pls!

    At the moment, RCB has a Strong Spin Bowling line-up with Murali Karthik, Vinay Kumar and Unadkat. They need to find some medium fast bowlers to defend their big scores

  • on May 21, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    dont know why ,they are not mentioning Thisara here,2nd best Batting avg & 2nd in leading wicket takers fro SRH

  • Vishal_07 on May 21, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Come on, any team having Steyn can never be counted out! Plus, if you have SRH who are an underdog, you also have RR which had about the same odds before the tournament started.

    And how can anybody even compare club teams with international teams. India beating WI in 1983 happens once in a millennium, a team of nobodies (ODI performance only before you hit me with Gavaskar's overall stats) except for Kapil and may be Srikkanth to some extent vs. a team full of legends. If that was a best of 3 finals, WI would have won 2-1. SRH vs. RR is not even close!

  • on May 20, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    well done hydrabad... bye bye RCB........

  • on May 20, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    @ Deepanjan Dutta "cut the hyperbole?" Why Man? I strongly believe that the mentally strong performance of the sunrisers throughout the league games is largely because of their coaching quartet "Tom Moody, Waqar Younis, VVS Laxman and last but certainly not the least, our very own Cheeka". Tom Moody provided that professionalism in a side that needed that really badly due to their lack of star power. Waqar Younis, well can you ask for a better mentor for a bowling attack led by steyn gun. In addition, Ishant Sharma, perera, even Anand Rajan yesterday seemed to blossom under the shade of Wagar Younis. VVS Laxman provided with that eternal calmness on the field, the ability to close out tight finshing games and that never-say-die attitude. And finally. cheeka...O what a personality he is. That extremely radiant energy that makes you smile even at death. He was the reason why despite doing low scores, they had tons of enthusiasm and loads of cheeka'ism. HATS OFF TO THEM

  • on May 20, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    SRH will find the going hard in the playoffs and they should thank their stars that they face RR now and not MI or CSK! it is perhaps their best chance to progress further... since they have got only one shot at the semis, they need some luck as well, especially in the batting department... once dhawan, white and perera are back, they fall like a pack of cards.... if they bat first and put up even a decent score of say 150 then they will stand a great chance of winning... good luck SRH!!! you have truly entertained the fans all season! :)

  • cricket-india on May 20, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    cheeka/moody, now that the dust has settled you have to look at the right combo that'll take you forward from here. vihari is not cutting it at No.3. bring raviteja into the middle order and move white or perera to the No.3 spot, let them gte a few balls to settle down and hit out. think seriously if you want the blow hot blow cold ishant or the steadier anand rajan (remember his yorker last year?) to partner steyn - ishant's illness yesterday might have just been the blessing in disguise you guys needed. give sammy more bowling, remember evry bowler gets 4 overs and sammy has to be one of them unless he goes for big runs. don't bring sanga back at any cost, with due respect his mojo is on vacation for this tournament. bat first and set the best total you can, then do your strangling thing, it's your best chance.

  • shrastogi on May 20, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Sunrisers are the dark horses of the playoffs. If they can pull it off at Delhi then their chances at Kolkata are good as their bowling suits the Eden Gardens. So until unless Kolkata pitch is of absolutely changed character I would rate SRH chances really as good as anyone in the playoffs.

  • on May 20, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Ok, so I'm happy for SRH too. Pleasing to see a team, which regularly defends totals in the region of 130-140 with top class bowling and fielding - rather than a team which relies on three batsmen (all, three established internationals, and two overseas players) to carry them through. IPL was supposed to back the 'Indian' talents - especially the young players or domestic cricket guys who rarely have any avenue to test themselves at top level. By that count, SRH is certainly a more deserving team. But Cheeka, it's about time you cut the hyperbole man - you're past fifty now!

  • ashok1259 on May 20, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    To win a tournament, a team needs winners not entertaining losers. SRH is really deserving to be in top 4. If you observe SRH matches, they are also entertainers, their matches are very close(except chennai match at hyderabad) which is onesided.

  • on May 20, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I feel its quite unfair to compare SRH yesterday's victory with the 1983 world cup.

  • siddhartha87 on May 20, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    SRH deserves to be in final four.They got Steyn and he deserves it.Their bowling attack is far better than RCB.White might be failing with the bat but his captaincy is top class. On the other hand Kohli's captaincy is simply pathetic. whatever good results they have got that is only due to some brilliant batting performances by gayle,Kohli and De Villiars. Kohli failed as a captain .As simple as that.In t20 captains needs to be dynamic and innovative. Kohli lacks both.

    Regarding SRH chances in semis,i can only say is don't write off a team which has Steyn who is arguably the best fast bowler since Malcom marshal.

  • raghoo1 on May 20, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Unfortunately, IPL is not a tournament trying to pick the most "entertaining" team. IPL tries to pick the best T20 team and RCB is not the one.. In fact RCB is not in the top 4. Those who talk about the (lack of) luck for RCB must remember that this is a long tournament with every team playing 16 matches and the teams that have made it to the top 4 have shown consistency over a period of time.... not a one match knock out where performance on a day decides the outcome. Luck evens out and RCB cannot claim to be more unlucky than anyone else. RCB would do well to see how they can improve a bowling that cannot defent 200 on a decent wicket. Oh and also see how they want to derisk their batting from Gayle and Kohli.

  • on May 20, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Mumbai and Chennai are the two better teams and one of them will win the match. Neither RCB nor SRH deserve to be winner (though both deserve to compete for 4th place). One needs a complete side with enough batting, bowling and fielding to win a game. team which is weak in either bowling or batting will find it extremely difficult to win 3 consecutive games against strong opponent in a neutral venue. I expect MI t win which is a complete side. I give CSK some chance because no target is unreachable to them and Mumbai hasn't won enough while chasing.

  • cricfan7305 on May 20, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Kohli put extra effort in last league game (do or die game) to reach final (CB series against SL, Asia cup against Park and IPL against Ch) and waited for other result. Finally unable to proceed. Do it early. Gayle orange cap he scored 75% of runs at home which batsman friendly poor average in against game. but Hussy, kohlli nearly 50:50 home:against.

  • on May 20, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Let's see the top 4 teams....against SRH CSK vs SRH - Lost 1 close game and got defeated comprehensively in another match. MI vs SRH- won 1 match comprehensively and lost a close match.Thanks to pollard's compassion less batting. RR vs SRH-Won 1 match comprehensively and lost 1 match...

    So.. except CSK,remaining 2 teams are not undefeatable and SRH defeated those 2 teams on their day previously.

    MI struggled a lot to win matches outside mumbai.pit them agianst some quality bowling and they will loose their wheels.

    RR have won most of their matches comprehensively on a seam track but delhi and kolkatta pitches are quite different compared to mohali and jaipur pitches.And with chandila gone,i am afraid that they may face problems on that pitch.

    chennai and bangalore pitches are way flatter than hyderabad and kolkatta ,dlehi.So scoring runs on the kolkatta,delhi pitches will be a lil bit difficult when u r facing a quality bowling attack.... Hence everything is even for every 1

  • on May 20, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Those who thin that SRH don't deserve to be in play-offs.... come on buddies.. wht else they need to prove to you pp to get into play-offs... Its true that they have some batting worries.. but ultimately the victory is counted rather than the efforts put up by the team. RCB may be gr8 team of entertainers just bcoz they have world class batsmen who plundered the opposition's bowling in most of the occasions. SRH does not have such a fancy players in the team.But they played so many tight matches for your information.Try to accept the achievements of the other team.Don't be cynical about everything u don't like.

  • sunraiser on May 20, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    i don't understand why everyone are talking about RCB so much. They have lost their place in the final four becoz they didnt win enough matches.So give credit to SRH for getting through. when u talk about RPSingh's no-ball and the drop of miller,ppl forget that the same happened with SRH with the drop of Dhoni and pollard, but we still made through to the top 4 unlike RCB.If it is such a good team y didnt it win both its matches over SRH.So,plz stop talking abt it and be happy that SRH is in top 4 and RCB atleast came close to qualify.

  • scraggers on May 20, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @paiudupi Fact is a fact. pls check the table we are qualified and deserve to be there. our batting is our weakness but bowling and fielding has been tremendous. we are team who gave the least runs in IPL where Ipl was all abt flat pitches and massive sixes.. and team who caught most of cathes and gave less extra runs apart from RR. Also lastly if u hit a shot for four or it ball takes a edge and flew for 4. on the score board still counts as 4.we are in the playoff. thats the fact....live with that

  • RFeynman on May 20, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    To all those who think SRH doesn't deserve the playoff place, wishful thinking! SRH defended the low scores better than anyone, least of all RCB who lost handsomely despite scoring 170+. All 4 teams which are in playoffs have been consistent, period. I wouldn't sulk like some RCB fans and call the grapes sour just because the less fancied SRH made it through. SRH did not depend on anyone else to get a back door entry into the final 4. It is refreshing to see bowlers as match winners instead of flat track bullies like RCB who only depend on batting to put the opposition out of the game. RR and SRH are far more balanced than RCB and every team which made it to the final 4 after playing 16 matches has done so because of their consistency, not luck. It is not SRH's problem if RCB can't bowl legal deliveries and take crucial catches (Miller dropped by Kohli), let alone win close games.

  • jhovee on May 20, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    RCB deserves an IPL title when compared to MI

  • on May 20, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    It will b CSK VS SRH on final... Wish srh to lift the cup because of their strength in bowling....

  • on May 20, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Most games that RCB won were also close, what if those games had gone the other way

  • SebV on May 20, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @Jack - Isn't that the case with every team? Strengthen one or two areas and become invincible. Care to trade Gayle/AB with one of the SRH bowlers? If your team was most followed it's probably more to do with Deepika and Katrina than anything else. You want a bitter truth ... RCB has never won the IPL.

  • jhovee on May 20, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Learning Curve (KKR) -> Pieces

    1.KKR -> Bits and pieces performances (Not come altogether) 2.Kallis -> he slowed down the innings with the bat and when he's about to strike he falls with strike rate less than 100. 3.Gambhir was good at the start and Yusuf at the end. 4.No consistent bowler selection other than Narine. (Keeps rolling and they rolled out)

    Learning Curve (RCB)-> Over look!

    1. Over dependant on Gayle/AB/Kohli 2. They were highest run getters among all teams (Gayle and Virath) in top 5, Long time orange and purple cap holders,. All performances come together / lose together. think of SRH -> RCB-Players on top of the list -> SRH- Team on Top. 3. Poor Spin attack (M.Karthik was ok during later stage of the innnings). they don't have spinners like other teams (CSK,KKR,SRH...) 4. Just one blunder cost them everthing( Miller's catch missed out by Kohli & the bang afterwards, RP Singh's last over No ball)

  • dakshinap on May 20, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Congrats M/s.Sun! But, your middle order batting is so week. try to do something, otherwise you are going loose in the eleminating rounds. Best of Luck....

  • on May 20, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I think Anand Rajan should be given a chance in the qualifier too. Ishant Sharma has been poor since his good performance against the Mumbai Indians.

  • Paiudupi on May 20, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @Jack_Dawson... I fully agree with you. Only due to some back luck, RCB lost a few matches. If you see all matches of RCB, they are definitely the best entertainers. See the match between CSK & RCB at Chennai, it was anybody's game. RCB would have won, if RP Sigh's was not a NO BALL. Another close match vs DD, which has gone to Super Over and then again SRH super over. No other team has entertained more than RCB. But, luck was not favouring them.

  • aativas on May 20, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    IPL play-off entry compared to 1983 World Cup win? Shrikanth is over-reacting!!

  • Paiudupi on May 20, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @clickniraj...... Stop jumping and dreaming. SRH do not deserve to be qualified, as they were struggling even to win against KKR yesterday, when at one stage they were 89 No Loss and suddenly needed 19 from 13 balls. Thanks to Sammy for making it qualfied, otherwise, SRH would have definitely lost. So, just wait and see RR will one sidedly win this match without any difficulty. MI & RR are the finalists.

  • ramli on May 20, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Srikanth was not the mentor of CSK ... he was an ambassador ... quite different ... his optimism is infectious and that had the effect ... add to that the new franchise which gave enough freedom to the coaching/support staff to do wonders ... good team effort .. all the best

  • on May 20, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    jayasuriya have.played many many time a cut to 6 when both legs arebin air... dhawans 6 almost same but not beautiful as jayasuriya because dhawan tall than him and both legs are bended when jumping, jayasuriya shorter and more beautifull with that shot becuase of satraight legs when floating

  • Jack_dawson on May 20, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    RCB.. We may not be in Playoffs.. But no one can Deny, We are the most followed and Entertaining Team in the IPL.. if we strengthen our Bowling no one can dream of beating us.. Its may be Attitude.. but truth is always bitter.. RED forever...!!

  • vish57 on May 20, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    It has become a routine for CSK & MI to get qualified thus making the team balance in the tournament a farse. Like 4 overseas players in Playing XI and 11 overall, in the next year auction IPL should restrict each team to 6 contracted Indian players to eleminate skweness in team composition. Positional and financial mite should not determinte the team composition; yet another year of CSK vs MI in finals as RR's morale is low to win their match and SRH is still weak in batting but for openers and late middle order.

  • jhovee on May 20, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    RR & SRH pushed down the fancied team's RCB and KKR. Well done teams! I believe CSK will meet RR on 26th May night & CSK will lift the cup!

  • clickniraj on May 20, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Hyderbad gonna win this tournament :)

  • on May 20, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @vigneshvinu : dude mentors don't play in the middle .. It's about players ...

  • Gappistan on May 20, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Still can't believe the shot he played for a Six off Kallis. punched with both feet in the air.

  • vigneshvinu on May 20, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Last time RR and SRH had similiar teams but failed to qualify but now they have qualified just bcoz of they mentors RR has paddy upton who has been behind the success of india's WC victory,while SRH has laxman and srikanth who has been mentoring CSK for all the previous seasons now joined SRH. KKR badly misses Akram they need bring back them next season. PWI needs a good mentor atleast they need to bring DADA.

  • on May 20, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    DD, KKR, PWI surely had some problems in the management. Something that demotivating players. SRH and RR surely had far greater team spirit and therfore even though less fancied they came through.

  • on May 20, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Watching the match I thought SRH were going to choke, dhawan & parthiv got out. White got run out & vihari batting slowly & he top edged a bit later. Then thisara couldnt make contact & got bowled by a yorker bouncing off his shoe onto the stumps. Then sammy blocking narine to give him maiden over. I wanted to turn the tv off & throw it off the highest building in anger. To come this far & lose would be heartbreaking as a fan, especially with how we lost the match vs csk & mi in last few overs but here we were chasing but just couldnt score. Then sammy stepped up & hit back to back 6s to seal the match. Im glad the team made it over the hurdle & hope they do well in the semis. We are 1-1 with mi & rr, 0-2 vs csk but one of the matches we had a chance with 15 off last over but ashish was selected oddly to bowl & we lost(mishra dropped dhoni earlier in match). So we have shown we can compete with the 3 teams, just hope both sides show up & do well :). But batsmen really needs 2 show up.

  • on May 20, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Its was an true entertainment in Hyderabad, this is 1st time that hyderabad team showed positive sign despite of tough lost against chennai in hyderabad. really team has used and kept their home advantage. any team can defend high scoring games but really hand-off to SRH nearly all the matches they won were low scoring games, not only bowler but also batsmen also did there job very well accept one or two games

  • on May 20, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Its was an true entertainment in Hyderabad, this is 1st time that hyderabad team showed positive sign despite of tough lost against chennai in hyderabad. really team has used and kept their home advantage. any team can defend high scoring games but really hand-off to SRH nearly all the matches they won were low scoring games, not only bowler but also batsmen also did there job very well accept one or two games

  • on May 20, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Watching the match I thought SRH were going to choke, dhawan & parthiv got out. White got run out & vihari batting slowly & he top edged a bit later. Then thisara couldnt make contact & got bowled by a yorker bouncing off his shoe onto the stumps. Then sammy blocking narine to give him maiden over. I wanted to turn the tv off & throw it off the highest building in anger. To come this far & lose would be heartbreaking as a fan, especially with how we lost the match vs csk & mi in last few overs but here we were chasing but just couldnt score. Then sammy stepped up & hit back to back 6s to seal the match. Im glad the team made it over the hurdle & hope they do well in the semis. We are 1-1 with mi & rr, 0-2 vs csk but one of the matches we had a chance with 15 off last over but ashish was selected oddly to bowl & we lost(mishra dropped dhoni earlier in match). So we have shown we can compete with the 3 teams, just hope both sides show up & do well :). But batsmen really needs 2 show up.

  • on May 20, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    DD, KKR, PWI surely had some problems in the management. Something that demotivating players. SRH and RR surely had far greater team spirit and therfore even though less fancied they came through.

  • vigneshvinu on May 20, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Last time RR and SRH had similiar teams but failed to qualify but now they have qualified just bcoz of they mentors RR has paddy upton who has been behind the success of india's WC victory,while SRH has laxman and srikanth who has been mentoring CSK for all the previous seasons now joined SRH. KKR badly misses Akram they need bring back them next season. PWI needs a good mentor atleast they need to bring DADA.

  • Gappistan on May 20, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Still can't believe the shot he played for a Six off Kallis. punched with both feet in the air.

  • on May 20, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @vigneshvinu : dude mentors don't play in the middle .. It's about players ...

  • clickniraj on May 20, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Hyderbad gonna win this tournament :)

  • jhovee on May 20, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    RR & SRH pushed down the fancied team's RCB and KKR. Well done teams! I believe CSK will meet RR on 26th May night & CSK will lift the cup!

  • vish57 on May 20, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    It has become a routine for CSK & MI to get qualified thus making the team balance in the tournament a farse. Like 4 overseas players in Playing XI and 11 overall, in the next year auction IPL should restrict each team to 6 contracted Indian players to eleminate skweness in team composition. Positional and financial mite should not determinte the team composition; yet another year of CSK vs MI in finals as RR's morale is low to win their match and SRH is still weak in batting but for openers and late middle order.

  • Jack_dawson on May 20, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    RCB.. We may not be in Playoffs.. But no one can Deny, We are the most followed and Entertaining Team in the IPL.. if we strengthen our Bowling no one can dream of beating us.. Its may be Attitude.. but truth is always bitter.. RED forever...!!