Tuesday 17 September 2013 

CLT20: Sunrisers Ease To Victory Over Maroons

Shikhar Dhawan drives during the Champions Trophy
Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they cruised to victory over Kandurata Maroons.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 174-2 (Dhawan 71) beat
Kandurata Maroons 168-3 by 8 wickets
Champions League Twenty20 2013 Qualifier

Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel were the stars as India’s Sunrisers Hyderabad eased past Sri Lanka’s Kandurata Maroons to get their qualifying campaign for the 2013 Champions League T20 off to a winning start.

Sharma bowled exceptionally on a flat pitch, taking two for 20 from his four overs, as Kandurata Maroons managed 168 for three from their 20 overs courtesy of half-centuries from internationals Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne. Patel and Dhawan then added 121 in fewer than 14 overs for the first wicket as Sunrisers were never really troubled in their run chase by a weak Maroons seam attack.

Ajantha Mendis was the big name Maroons bowler, but early-season pitches don’t really suit his style of bowling and he never recovered from an early onslaught from Dhawan. The left-hander drove elegantly through the off-side for four and then swept to the square-leg boundary as 13 came off the first five balls that he faced from Mendis.

The seam trio of Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Lokuhettige and Lahiru Jayaratne proved ineffective and Patel and Dhawan had little difficulty in compiling the partnership that would set their team on the path to victory. Both fell before the winning line was crossed, but Thisara Perera hastened things to their conclusion by smashing 32 not out off only 14 balls as Sunrisers won by eight wickets - the same margin by which Otago Volts had defeated Faisalabad Wolves earlier in the evening.

Maroons had had a poor start earlier as Ishant Sharma and Darren Sammy dispensed with an opener apiece. However, Kumar Sangakkara, playing against his IPL franchise, and skipper Lahiru Thirimanne added 89 in fewer than 11 overs for the third-wicket.

Sangakkara reached his fifty off 36 balls shortly after Thirimanne had reached the milestone off 36 balls. Lokuhettige then added a cameo off 21 off 10 balls to haul Maroons up to a total that looked competitive.

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