IPL 2013: Sunrisers Stay In Play-Off Contention

IPL 2013: Sunrisers Stay In Play-Off Contention
IPL 2013: Sunrisers Stay In Play-Off Contention
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 150-7 (Patel 61) beat
Kings XI Punjab 120-9 by 30 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Mohali
Report by Chetan Narula

Sunrisers Hyderabad kept pace with the competition for the Indian Premier League 2013 play-offs by beating Kings XI Punjab by 30 runs in Mohali.

They now have won eight matches and have 16 points, along with Royal Challengers Bangalore, and are just two behind Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.

However, this defeat means that Kings XI’s challenge is now effectively over. They are currently placed sixth with 10 points from 13 games, and it would take every result going their way from here on in for them to sneak into the play-offs.

Kings XI won the toss and elected to field first. Hyderabad got off to a quick start, with 28 runs coming off the first four overs, before Harmeet Singh (1-39) got rid of Shikhar Dhawan (15). His opening partner Parthiv Patel carried on though, pushing the innings forward almost single-handedly as wickets kept falling at the other end.

Hanuma Vihari (5), stand-in captain Cameron White (10), Biplab Samantray (0) and Darren Sammy (0) all departed in a hurry.

Punjab's bowlers kept a tight leash on the scoring, with Sandeep Sharma bagging three for 21 in his four overs and was supported by Parvinder Awana (1-35) and Piyush Chawla (1-20).

It was Patel's half century that pushed the score to respectability, with the southpaw crossing that mark off 44 balls. In all, he scored 61 runs off 47 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes.

He added 42 runs with Karan Sharma (22) and then a good 48-run stand with Thisara Perera (32 not out). Perera smacked his runs off just 19 balls, with two fours and two sixes, taking the Sunrisers to 150 for seven.

Kings XI had a poorer start in comparison, with Dale Steyn (2-20) removing Mandeep Singh for a two-ball duck. Adam Gilchrist got going, scoring 26 runs off 22 balls, but Darren Sammy pulled off a major trick with the ball.

He took four for 22 from his four overs, to more than make up for his failure with the bat, and broke the Kings’ batting order. He bowled Gilchrist and then later accounted for Shaun Marsh (18) and dangerman David Miller (6) to leave them in tatters.

Strangely enough Luke Pomersbach got a start but then never scored quickly, to everybody’s surprise. Maybe he wasn’t able to, but he also didn’t throw away his wicket, scoring 33 not out off 40 balls, with one four and one six.

It wasn’t enough, and it was never going to be, as an all-round display from Hyderabad saw them restrict Kings XI to 120 for nine in their chase, all but ending the hosts' season.

© Cricket World 2013

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