CLT20: Dhawan Does It Again For Sunrisers
Sunrisers Hyderabad 131-3 (Dhawan 59) beat
Faisalabad Wolves 127-5 by 7 wickets
Champions League Twenty20 2013 Qualifier, Mohali
Shikhar Dhawan's second half-century in as many days guided Sunrisers Hyderabad into the main group stage of the Champions League Twenty20 2013.
Dhawan stroked 59 in 50 balls as his side beat Faisalabad Wolves by seven wickets to ensure theirs and Otago Volts' passage into the main event.
Faisalabad posted 127 for five as for the second day in a row, Misbah-ul-Haq was left alone to carry his side's chances, scoring a valiant unbeaten 56 in 40 balls.
Whereas he had received little support, Dhawan's knock was backed up by Parthiv Patel (23) and JP Duminy (20 not out) as the Sunrisers clinched victory in 17.3 overs.
This result also means that Kandurata Maroons, who like Faisalabad have lost both of their matches, can no longer progress.
Sunrisers were again excellent with the ball as Ishant Sharma, Thisara Perera, Amit Mishra, Karan Sharma and Darren Sammy all shared a wicket.
Aside from Misbah, none of the Pakistanis could cut loose, with only Ammar Mahmood, whose 31 occupied 38 balls, and Ali Waqas, who hit 16, made much progress.
Misbah then thumped five sixes and one four to haul Faisalabad up to their closing total.
It never looked like enough, particularly once Patel and Dhawan got going. They put on 68 together inside nine overs with Patel carving 23 in 21 balls before falling to Ehsan Adil.
Dhawan struck six fours and a maximum and when he departed in the 15th over, the score was 112 for two, and although Biplab Samantray fell for a duck soon after, Sunrisers eased home with Duminy unbeaten on 20 in 27 and Sammy completing the formalities with 14 not out in six balls.
Sunrisers and Otago face off on Friday (20th September) for the right to top the qualifying group with Kandurata and Faisalabad playing for pride alone.
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