Monday, 8 April 2013

Sunrisers beat Challengers; Kings XI thump Warriors in IPL


HYDERABAD SUNRISERS HYDERABAD pulled off a nail-biting win over Royal Challengers Bangalore via the Super Over in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Hyderabad.

With both teams tied at 130 after the end of Hyderabad’s innings, the result was decided with the help of a Super Over wherein both sides got six balls each.

Craig White smashed Vinay Kumar for two sixes, one each over long-on and long-off, to help Hyderabad score 20 runs in the Super Over.

In reply, Bangalore could manage only 15 against a fired-up Dale Steyn, despite Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli hitting a six and a four each.

In another match of the day, Kings XI Punjab produced a clinical performance to thrash Pune Warriors by eight wickets and start their Pepsi Indian Premier League campaign in an emphatic fashion on Sunday.

Angelo Mathews’ decision to bat first backfired badly as the home team batsmen produced another inept show posting a meagre 99 for nine in their 20 overs.

The chase was a cakewalk for KXIP as young IPL debutant Manan Vohra sent the Pune bowlers on a leatherhunt, finishing the lopsided contest in only 12.2 overs.

Manan (43 no, 7x4, 1x6) and Mandeep Singh (31) added 58 runs, including 21 in one Ashoke Dinda over, as the Preity Zinta co-owned team finished the match in a jiffy Earlier, needing seven runs in the last over with four wickets in hand, Hyderabad could not cross the finishing line despite Man-of-the-Match Hanuma Vihari (44 not out) standing firm in the middle.

Chasing a competitive total, Hyderabad lost Parthiv Patel early to Moises Henriques, the Australian having the opener caught behind for just two. Henriques soon struck again, this time removing Cameron White who lobbed a catch at mid-off.

Veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan spinner was introduced in the ninth over and the Sri Lankan struck immediately, disturbing Akshat Reddy’s off-stump.

Reddy’s dismissal for 25 brought to the middle Hyderabad’s best batsman, skipper Kumar Sangakkara.

VihariAt the halfway stage, Hyderabad were 56 for three, needing another 75 to record their second straight win.

RCB were similarly placed at this stage of their innings.

But the most important thing for Hyderabad was that they had Sagakkara at the crease.

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