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

'Amazing to be in top four' - Dhawan

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Ali on May 21, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    comparing a league match with internationals ridiculous

  • Ajith 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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 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!

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2013, 23:25 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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! :)

  • Kalyan 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.