Sunrisers Hyderabad 131-5 (Patel 47) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 130-7 by five wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Hyderabad
Report by Chetan Narula
Sunrisers Hyderabad will take their place in the Indian Premier League 2013 play-offs after beating Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets in the final group game of the season.
Kolkata made 130 for seven and although Sunrisers raced to 100 for two, it needed an unbeaten 17 in 12 balls from Darren Sammy to get them over the line with seven balls to spare.
Three wickets from Iqbal Abdulla kept Kolkata in the game before the reigning champions were finally beaten and Sunrisers' victory ended Royal Challengers Bangalore's hopes of joining Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in the final week of the competition.
Sunrisers will now play the Royals, the winner of which will play the loser of the Super Kings-Indians match for the chance to go through to the final.
Kolkata won the toss and elected to bat first, but their innings was marred by wickets falling at regular intervals. None of their top batsmen could get a huge partnership going, something that has afflicted this team in the past six weeks. Gautam Gambhir (10) and Manvinder Bisla (15) were back in the hut by the eighth over, with the score at 42 for two.
Jacques Kallis (24) got going but Eoin Morgan (9) was the next to go. It was a huge bowling effort by Hyderabad again, led by Dale Steyn (2-24), and they have come to be known as the best bowling unit in the competition. Anand Rajan (1-22), Thisara Perera (1-33), Amit Mishra (1-20) and Karan Sharma (1-15) gave him ample support as the Knight Riders’ were restricted in their scoring on a responsive track.
It was Yusuf Pathan’s effort of scoring unbeaten 49 runs off 29 balls, with three fours and three sixes, that took them to 130 for seven in their allotted twenty overs, even as the lower order faltered akin to the top order.
Chasing a par score, the Sunrisers were given an awesome start by their openers Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel. The two left-handers played some brilliant shots and put up 89 runs in only 69 balls for the first wicket. Patel outscored his partner with 47 runs off 37 balls, with seven fours, while Dhawan hit 42 off 35 balls, including three fours and two sixes.
However, neither of them could go on and finish off the match, falling within 12 balls of each other, both trapped by spinner Abdulla (3-29). He also sent back Hanuma Vihari (6) causing a mini-collapse as the middle order got hasty about the small target.
Cameron White (2) was run out and Perera was bowled by Shami Ahmed (1-32), before Darren Sammy coolly finished off the innings with two tall sixes, scoring 17 not out off 12 balls.
In their inaugural season, the Sunrisers finished with 20 points from 16 matches, while defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders finished a lowly seventh out of nine teams, with 12 points.
© Cricket World 2013
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