Tuesday 24 September 2013 

CLT20: Perera Hands Sunrisers Debut Win

Thisara Perera
Thisara Perara cracked a quickfire half-century to see Sunrisers Hyderabad home
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 164-6 (Perera 57no) beat
Trinidad & Tobago 160-8 (Bravo 66) by 4 wickets
Champions League Twenty20 Group B, Mohali

Thisara Perera blasted an unbeaten 57 in 32 balls to hand Sunrisers Hyderabad a four-wicket win over Trinidad & Tobago on their Champions League Twenty20 debut.

Their win came in spite of two outstanding performances from their opponents. First, Darren Bravo stroked an excellent 66 in 44 balls and Sunil Narine then picked up figures of four for nine in his four overs.

However, Perera's boundary-laden effort nullified Narine's stunning return and Bravo's stroke-making to keep Group B of the competition wide open.

Four of the teams have now taken a win apiece with Brisbane Heat yet to get off the mark.

If Sunrisers' finish, courtesy of Perera's four fours and four sixes, was impressive, their start couldn't have been any better, Dale Steyn having Lendl Simmons caught behind with the first ball of the game.

Evin Lewis got things back on track with 22 in 14 balls as he and Bravo added 49 for the second wicket. When Lewis fell to Ishant Sharma, Bravo continued, slamming five fours and five sixes before skewing Sharma to Shikhar Dhawan to leave the score 110 for three.

Although Jason Mohammed (19), Denesh Ramdin (21) and Navin Stewart (17) hit useful runs, Bravo's dismissal had prevented the West Indians from reaching a truly unassailable total.

Steyn, Sharma and Darren Sammy all took two wickets as the Sunrisers fought back well.

They then set off at a furious pace with the bat as openers Dhawan and Patel added 35 in 4.1 overs before Narine struck to remove the former for 17 and Stewart the latter for 23.

JP Duminy was run out by Ravi Rampaul for 17 and Hanuma Vihari fell for 13 and when Perera came to the crease, the score was a dicey-looking 95 for four.

Sammy contributed 15 in as many balls to a partnership of 47 for the fifth wicket which began to turn the game back towards the Indian Premier League side.

However, there was work still to do, particularly after first Sammy, and then Ashish Reddy (0) failed to deal with Narine.

Bowling the penultimate over, Rampaul conceded 12 runs as Perera found a willing ally in Karan Sharma, who then finished off the game in style by hitting Stewart for a four and then a six in the final over, handing victory to Sunrisers with three balls to spare.

Sharma faced just five balls for his 13 runs with Perera unbeaten on 57 in 32.

Group B: Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Titans, Trinidad & Tobago 4 points, Brisbane Heat 0 points

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