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Sunrisers Hyderabad win toss, elect to field first against CSK

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and opted to bat first against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 54th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here this evening.
 
The hosts, currently in fifth place, are aiming to get into the top four of the league and also maintain their unbeaten record at home.
 
CSK are leading the table with nine wins from 12 outings while SRH have seven wins from their 11 matches so far. 
 
Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are placed second, third and fourth in the points table.
 
The home team did not make any changes in the eleven that drubbed Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in their last match here. 
 
CSK, who went down to Mumbai Indians on Sunday, replaced Australian pace bowler Ben Laughlin with West Indian Jason Holder.
 
The teams;
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Reddy, Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Chris Morris, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Jason Holder
 
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Empowered Committee okays VGF of Rs 1458 crore for Hyderabad Metro

The Empowered Committee, chaired by the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, has accorded final approval for viability gap funding (VGF) of Rs 1458 crore for the Hyderabad Metro Rail project on DBFOT (Toll) basis.

The decision was taken by the committee at its 17th meeting here yesterday, an official press release said.
 
The amount works out to !2.35 per cent of the total project cost of Rs 11,814 crore, it said.
 
The Union Finance Minister had earlier granted in-principle approval for VGF support to the project.
 
The total length of the project is 71.16 km, with three lines and 66 stations.
 
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I was always confident of my comeback: Irfan

Irfan Pathan of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Irfan Pathan of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Irfan Pathan is a dejected man as his team Delhi Daredevils is going through a rough patch in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

But still, Irfan has a lot to smile about. In December 2011, he made his way back into the ODI team after a gap of two years and on Saturday he found a place in the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in England from June 6-23.
 
"A lot of people were talking about my comeback, but most people forget that my last ODI before I left due to an injury was a man-of-the-match performance. I had taken a fiver in India’s victory against Sri Lanka in 2012 and I will take a lot of confidence from that performance. People have a very short memory about performances, but I was always confident that I would get into the ODI squad for India," Irfan told IPLT20.com
 
Irfan is happy with the way he is bowling and his role as a defensive bowler. 

Fatherhood exposes the colourful side of Darren Sammy

Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates after dismissing Jeevan Mendis of Delhi Daredevils during their match in the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates after dismissing Jeevan Mendis of Delhi Daredevils during their match in the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Fatherhood seems to have brought some luck for West Indies captain Darren Sammy. 

Sammy had to spend seven matches warming the benches for Sunrisers Hyderabad. But once he got the opportunities he grabbed them with both hands in the four matches he has played so far. 
 
“It has been a great experience for me being a part of the Sunrisers. The Sunrisers have invested in me and I look to go out there and return the favour through my performances on the field. The owners and the mentors are nice and want the team to succeed. I am enjoying every bit of it,” he said.
 
Sammy is happy with the limited chances he has got in the season so far.
 
“I just wanted to be a part of the IPL. I came in late and I waited for my opportunity and it was all about grabbing your chances. I am happy I did well in the opportunities I got and would want to make sure that we do well as a team,” Sammy told www.iplt20.com.

Daredevils suffer another embarrassing loss, Sunrisers climb to third spot

Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowls during their match in the Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowls during their match in the Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Sunrisers Hyderabad remained undefeated at home at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, as they crushed Delhi Daredevils by six wickets and brightened their chances of making it to the play-offs of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Opting to bat first, Delhi Daredevils' performance in the season touched its lowest nadir as they failed to handle the pace of Sunrisers and were skittled out for 80 in 19.1 overs, the lowest total of the season. 
 
Sunrisers achieved the target of 81 losing six wickets with 37 balls to spare after Shikhar Dhawan top scored with 22 and Darren Sammy remained unbeaten on 18. Sammy, who had earlier taken two wickets, was chosen Man of the Match.
 
The win helped Sunrisers to jump to the third place in the points table with 14 points while Daredevils suffered their eighth loss and third on the trot and remained eighth with six points from 11 matches.
 
While it was a clinical bowling performance by the Sunrisers bowlers, the unimpressive show by the batsmen is sure to give Kumar Sangakkara some serious thinking to do.
 
Chasing a paltry target, Sunrisers' top-order performed badly and the batsmen had to blame themselves for the gifting away their wickets.
 
Dhawan, who made a comeback to the national ODI side, struck a 16-ball 22, hitting four fours and with Parthiv Patel (14) added 33 runs for the first wicket to give Sunrisers a quick start.
 
Spinner Johan Botha (2/11) gave Daredevils the first breakthrough trapping Dhawan plumb in front in the fifth over and pacer Ashish Nehra got rid of Ashish Reddy (5) caught behind by Kedar Jadhav in the next over.
 
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Jeevan Mendis had Patel dismissed stumped by Jadhav as Sunrisers slumped from 33 for no loss to 43 for two. Sangakkara became Botha's second wicket but Sammy and Hanuma Vihari (11 not out) took the team home safely with their 21-run unfinished stand.
 
Earlier, Daredevils batsmen had no answer to a fiery Sunrisers pace attack and were skittled out for the lowest total of the season.
 
Unmukt Chand (17), Irfan Pathan (13), Mahela Jayawardene (11) and Jeevan Mendis (11) barely got to double figures as Daredevils woeful run in the tournament continued.
 
For Hyderabad, West Indies pacer Darren Sammy gave away just two runs for 10 runs. Pace spearhead Dale Steyn (2/21) and Thisara Perera (2/11) also two wickets each
 
After winning the toss, the Daredevils top-order failed to give the team a good start and the middle-order crumbled like a pack of cards.
 
Ishant, who will be leading the Indian pace attack in the Champions Trophy, showed why the selectors reposed faith in him by giving Sunrisers a great start. 
 
Ishant bowled a maiden second over that put the pressure on Daredevils and in his next over got rid of skipper Jayawardene trapped leg before. Ishant's first spell read 3-1-11-1.
 
Sammy struck in his first over to dismiss the Virender Sehwag (8). The dashing batsman's poor run continued, he was cramped with space and his off-stump was rattled. Sehwag was struggling to hit the ball right from the start and was completely out of rhythm.
 
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Daredevils lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to get a decent partnership on board.
 
Scoreboard:
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene lbw Ishant 11
Virender Sehwag b Sammy 8
Unmukt Chand b Steyn 17
David Warner st Patel b Mishra 8
Jeevan Mendis c Ishant b Sammy 11
Kedar Jadhav c & b Karan 3
Irfan Pathan b Steyn 13
Johan Botha c Patel b Perera 1
Shahbaz Nadeem run out (Vihari/Sammy) 0
Ashish Nehra b Perera 0
Umesh Yadav not out 2
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 6
Total (all out in 19.1 overs) 80
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Jayawardene, 3.4 overs), 2-32 (Sehwag, 7.1), 3-50 (Chand, 10.5), 4-52 (Warner, 11.2), 5-57 (Jadhav, 12.2), 6-70 (Mendis, 14.5), 7-73 (Botha, 16.4), 8-77 (Nadeem, 17.5), 9-78 (Pathan, 18.1)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-21-2
Ishant Sharma 3-1-11-1
Thisara Perera 3.1-0-11-2
Darren Sammy 3-0-10-2
Karan Sharma 2-0-9-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-16-1
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Parthiv Patel st Jadhav b Mendis 14
Shikhar Dhawan lbw Botha 22
Ashish Reddy c Jadhav b Nehra 5
Darren Sammy not out 18
Kumar Sangakkara c Yadav b Botha 8
Hanuma Vihari not out 11
Extras (w 3) 3
Total (for four wickets in 13.5 over
Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Dhawan, 4.4 overs), 2-41 (Ashish Reddy, 5.6), 3-43 (Patel, 6.5), 4-60 (Sangakkara, 11.2)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 1-0-6-0
Umesh Yadav 2.5-0-27-0
Ashish Nehra 2-0-14-1
Johan Botha 3-0-11-2
Jeevan Mendis 3-0-16-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 2-0-7-0
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad crush Delhi Daredevils by six wickets

Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowls during their match in the Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowls during their match in the Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Sunrisers Hyderabad completely outplayed Delhi Daredevils in all departments of the game as they crushed them by six wickets in the 48th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Delhi Daredevils fared rather badly with the bat as they were bowled out for just 80 in 19.1 overs.
 
The home team then rattled up 81 in 13.5 overs to emerge the victors with 37 balls remaining, with opener Shikhar Dhawan topscoring for them with 22.
 
Darren Sammy, who had picked up two wickets earlier, remained unbeaten with 18 and keeping him company at the end was Hanuma Vihari with 11 not out.
 
Chasing an easy target, Sunrisers began well, with Dhawan and Parthiv Patel putting on 33 for the first wicket. Dhawan was the first to go, in the fith over, trapped leg before by Johan Botha. His 22 was studded with four fours.
 
Ashish Reddy (5) faced only six balls before he was caught by wicket keeper Kedar Jadhav off Ashish Nehra to make it 41 for two.
 
Two runs later,Patel (14) also left, stumped by Jadhav off Jeevan Mendis. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (8) was caught by Umesh Yadav off Botha with the total at 60.
 
Sammy, who was chosen Man of the Match, and Vihari then took their side past the line without any further hiccups. Sammy's 18 included a six.
 
Earlier, Sammy, Thisara Perera and Dale Steyn picked up two wickets apiece and Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma and Amit Mishra took one each as the Hyderabad bowlers and fielders kept up the pressure relentlessly on the Delhi batsmen.
 
Unmukt Chand topscored for the Daredevils with 17, while three other batsmen -- skipper Mahela Jayawardene (11), Ajantha Mendis (11) and Irfan Pathan (13) -- managed to get into double figures.
 
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Opener Jayawardene departed in the fourth over, with the score at 13, trapped leg before wicket by Ishant Sharma. At 32, Virender Sehwag (8), who has generally been struggling to find his form, left, bowled by Sammy.
 
Chand and Warner took the score to 50 before the former left in the 11th over, bowled by Steyn.
 
From then onwards, it was a steady procession back to the pavilion as seven more wickets fell for the addition of just 30 runs.
 
Scoreboard:
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene lbw Ishant 11
Virender Sehwag b Sammy 8
Unmukt Chand b Steyn 17
David Warner st Patel b Mishra 8
Jeevan Mendis c Ishant b Sammy 11
Kedar Jadhav c & b Karan 3
Irfan Pathan b Steyn 13
Johan Botha c Patel b Perera 1
Shahbaz Nadeem run out (Vihari/Sammy) 0
Ashish Nehra b Perera 0
Umesh Yadav not out 2
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 6
Total (all out in 19.1 overs) 80
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Jayawardene, 3.4 overs), 2-32 (Sehwag, 7.1), 3-50 (Chand, 10.5), 4-52 (Warner, 11.2), 5-57 (Jadhav, 12.2), 6-70 (Mendis, 14.5), 7-73 (Botha, 16.4), 8-77 (Nadeem, 17.5), 9-78 (Pathan, 18.1)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-21-2
Ishant Sharma 3-1-11-1
Thisara Perera 3.1-0-11-2
Darren Sammy 3-0-10-2
Karan Sharma 2-0-9-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-16-1
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Parthiv Patel st Jadhav b Mendis 14
Shikhar Dhawan lbw Botha 22
Ashish Reddy c Jadhav b Nehra 5
Darren Sammy not out 18
Kumar Sangakkara c Yadav b Botha 8
Hanuma Vihari not out 11
Extras (w 3) 3
Total (for four wickets in 13.5 overs) 81
Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Dhawan, 4.4 overs), 2-41 (Ashish Reddy, 5.6), 3-43 (Patel, 6.5), 4-60 (Sangakkara, 11.2)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 1-0-6-0
Umesh Yadav 2.5-0-27-0
Ashish Nehra 2-0-14-1
Johan Botha 3-0-11-2
Jeevan Mendis 3-0-16-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 2-0-7-0
 
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Delhi Daredevils bowled out for 80 by Sunrisers Hyderabad

Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowls during their match in the Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowls during their match in the Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad on May 4, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Delhi Daredevils batted rather poorly as they were bowled out for just 80 in 19.1 overs by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 48th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera and Dale Steyn picked up two wickets apiece and Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma and Amit Mishra took one each as the Hyderabad bowlers and fielders kept up the pressure relentlessly on the Delhi batsmen.
 
Unmukt Chand topscored for the Daredevils with 17, while three other batsmen -- skipper Mahela Jayawardene (11), Jeevan Mendis (11) and Irfan Pathan (13) -- managed to get into double figures.
 
Opener Jayawardene departed in the fourth over, with the score at 13, trapped leg before wicket by Ishant Sharma. At 32, Virender Sehwag (8), who has generally been struggling to find his form, left, bowled by Sammy.
 
Chand and Warner took the score to 50 before the former left in the 11th over, bowled by Steyn.
 
From then onwards, it was a steady procession back to the pavilion as seven more wickets fell for the addition of just 30 runs.
 
Delhi Daredevils have won only three of their 10 outings so far, and are languishing in the 8th position in the points table. 
 
Sunrisers are placed fifth in the nine-team table, with six wins from their ten engagements so far.
 
Scoreboard:
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene lbw Ishant 11
Virender Sehwag b Sammy 8
Unmukt Chand b Steyn 17
David Warner st Patel b Mishra 8
Jeevan Mendis c Ishant b Sammy 11
Kedar Jadhav c & b Karan 3
Irfan Pathan b Steyn 13
Johan Botha c Patel b Perera 1
Shahbaz Nadeem run out (Vihari/Sammy) 0
Ashish Nehra b Perera 0
Umesh Yadav not out 2
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 6
Total (all out in 19.1 overs) 80
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Jayawardene, 3.4 overs), 2-32 (Sehwag, 7.1), 3-50 (Chand, 10.5), 4-52 (Warner, 11.2), 5-57 (Jadhav, 12.2), 6-70 (Mendis, 14.5), 7-73 (Botha, 16.4), 8-77 (Nadeem, 17.5), 9-78 (Pathan, 18.1)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-21-2
Ishant Sharma 3-1-11-1
Thisara Perera 3.1-0-11-2
Darren Sammy 3-0-10-2
Karan Sharma 2-0-9-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-16-1
 
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Delhi Daredevils elect to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Delhi Daredevils won the toss and opted to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 48th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

The Daredevils have won only three of their 10 outings so far, and are languishing in the 8th position in the points table. 

Sunrisers are placed fifth in the nine-team table, with six wins from their ten engagements so far.
 
A resurgent Delhi Daredevils have won two matches in a row, but they now need to win at least five of their remaining matches to be in with a chance of making it to the play-offs.
 
The visitors have made two changes, leaving out fast bowler Morne Morkel, while Ben Rohrer has gone back to Australia to get married. Their places have been taken by all-rounders Johan Botha and Jeevan Mendis.
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have not been beaten at home this season, did not make any changes in their side.
 
The teams:
 
Delhi Daredevils: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Virender Sehwag, Unmukt Chand, David Warner, Kedhar Jadhav (wk), Jeevan Mendis, Irfan Pathan, Jeevan Botha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Ashish Nehra
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Kumar Sangakkara (captain & wk), Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad trounce Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

Shikhar Dhawan of Sunrisers Hyderabad raises his bat on completing fifty runs during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on May 1, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Shikhar Dhawan of Sunrisers Hyderabad raises his bat on completing fifty runs during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on May 1, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Shikhar Dhawan hammered an excellent unbeaten 73 to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in the 43rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians were restricted to 129 for four in their 20 overs, with opener Dwayne Smith their top scorer with 38. Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten with 34 and skipper Rohit Sharma contributed 22.

Chasing an easy target of 130, Sunrisers rattled up the required runs in 18 overs with seven wickets still in hand.
 
It was Dhawan all the way as he stayed completely focused on the task at hand and compiling his knock off 55 balls with nine fours and a six.
 
Hanuma Vihari made 25 and skipper Kumar Sangakkara contributed 21.
 
Sunrisers began the chase with an early loss, with opener Akshath Reddy (7) departing in the third over with the total at 16, caught by Dwayne Smith off Mitchell Johnson. Reddy was fooled by a slower delivery and tried to slice it through covers but lobbed it to the fielder. 
 
Sangakkara and Dhawan added 37 for the second wicket before the Sri Lankan was caught and bowled by Harbhajan Singh in the eighth over when the batsman made a half-hearted attempt to defend.
 
Dhawan put on 74 for the third wicket with Vihari, taking the side to within three runs of victory when the latter made his exit, caught by Rayudu off Dhawal Kulkarni in the 18th over.
 
Dhawan and Darren Sammy got their side past the line without any further hiccups.
 
For Mumbai Indians, Johnson, Kulkarni and Harbhajan Singh took one wicket each.
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Earlier, Mumbai Indians began on a confident note, adding 32 for the first wicket before opener Sachin Tendulkar (14) left in the fifth over, bowled by Ishant Sharma. Dinesh Karthik faced only three balls before Ishant Sharma had him caught by Karan Sharma in the same over.
 
Rohit Sharma and Smith added 42 for the third wicket before the former was caught by Ishant Sharma off Amit Mishra. His 22 came off 22 balls and included two fours.
 
Smith departed in the same over, trapped leg before wicket by Mishra. His 38 was compiled off 40 balls with three fours and two sixes.
 
Rayudu's unbeaten 34 was made off 27 balls and included four fours. Kieron Pollard remained unbeaten with 14.
 
Today's victory means Sunrisers Hyderabad are unbeaten at home in fourth consecutive matches. 
 
Both Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers now have six wins from their 10 outings so far in the tournament. But Mumbai Indians are placed fourth in the points table, ahead of Sunrisers in the fifth spot, because of a better net run rate.
 
While Dhawan led the charge with the bat, the real star for Sunrisers today was fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who was miserly as he bagged two wickets for 15 runs from his four overs, a performance that earned him the Man of the Match award. Amit Mishra also picked up two for 24.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith lbw Mishra 38
Sachin Tendulkar b Ishant 14
Dinesh Karthik c Karan b Ishant 0
Rohit Sharma c Ishant b Mishra 22
Kieron Pollard not out 14
Ambati Rayudu not out 34
Extras (lb 1, w 4, nb 2) 7
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 129
Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Tendulkar, 4.3 overs), 2-32 (Karthik, 4.5), 3-74 (Sharma, 12.1), 4-79 (Smith, 12.5)
Bowling:
Karan Sharma 4-0-25-0
Dale Steyn 4-0-27-0
Ishant Sharma 4-1-15-2
Thisara Perera 4-0-37-0
Amit Mishra 4-0-24-2
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Akshath Reddy  c Smith b Johnson  7 
Shikhar Dhawan  not out  73  
Kumar Sangakkara  c & b Harbhajan Singh  21 
Hanuma Vihari  c Rayudu b Kulkarni  25  
Dareen Sammy  not out  1 
Extras (w 2, nb 1) 3      
Total (3 wickets in 18 overs) 130 
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Reddy, 2.2 overs), 2-53 (Sangakkara, 7.6), 3-127 (Vihari, 17.2)  
Bowling:   
Mitchell Johnson 3-0-21-1
Dhawal Kulkarni 2-0-13-1
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-35-1
L Malinga 3-0-23-0   
PP Ojha 4-0-18-0  
RG Sharma 1-0-5-0  
Dwayne Smith 1-0-15-0 
 
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Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets

Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals hits over the top during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Jaipur on April 27, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals hits over the top during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Jaipur on April 27, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

James Faulkner took five for 20 and Shane Watson hammered an unbeaten 98 as Rajasthan Royals outplayed Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets with 13 balls remaining in the 36th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here today.

Opting to bat first, Sunrisers recovered well from a disastrous start, in which they were reeling at 19 for five, to post 144 for nine from their 20 overs.
 
Rajasthan Royals replied with 146 for two in 17.5 overs to register their fifth win in eight outings and move to the third spot in the table.
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad, who now have five wins from nine matches so far, are placed fourth in the table. Royal Challengers are leading the table, with Chennai Super Kings in second place.
 
Skipper Rahul Dravid, who opened the innings, made 36 with the help of four fours and a six today.
 
Watson's whirlwind 98 was made off 53 balls with the help of 13 fours and four sixes. He missed his second century of the tournament by just two runs. Stuart Binny remained unbeaten with 9.
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For Sunrisers, Dale Steyn and Thisara Perera picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Earlier, Darren Sammy hit a superb 60 as Sunrisers Hyderabad fought back valiantly from 19/5 to set up a reasonable target for the hosts in the circumstances.
 
Faulkner's career-best performance, that had the visitors on the defensive for the most part, got him the Man of the Match award. 
 
Opting to bat first, the visitors found themselves in trouble right away, and were in total disarray at 29 for six in 6.1 overs. None of their top six batsmen reached double figures.
 
Chasing 145 for a win, Rajasthan lost opener Ajinkya Rahane (1) in the third over, with their total at 7, caught by wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara off Dale Steyn.
 
Watson and Dravid then added 74 for the second wicket before the latter departed in the 13th over, holing out to Hanuma Vihari at deep mid-wicket off Perera. The partnership had seen Dravid holding up one end while Watson went after the bowling.
 
Watson then ensured that there were no further hiccups as he steered his side to an emphatic win with an unfinished 65-run partnership for the third wicket with Stuart Binny (9), who remained a mute spectator while his partner demolished the Hyderabad bowling single-handedly.
 
Earlier, Sunrisers lost opener Akshath Reddy (0), caught by Watson off Ajit Chandila in the first over, as he offered a tame stroke to a slow one and got a leading edge.
 
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (4), who sat out of the last three matches and returned to the side today, followed in the next, caught by Watson off James Faulkner to make it 6/2. The Sri Lankan failed to move his feet as he tried to reach one that seamed away and got an edge first slip.
 
Faulkner dismissed the other opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) also in the same over, taken brilliantly by Ajinkya Rahane at backward point. The batsman had tried to cut a ball that was short and wide.
 
Karan Sharma (6) was caught by Brad Hodge to give Faulkner his third wicket. Thisara Perera made only 4 before he was caught by Kevon Cooper off Chandila, the bowler's second wicket.
 
Much was expected of Hanuma Vihari (4), but he did not last very long and was caught by wicket-keeper Dishant Yagnik off Kevon Cooper to leave Sunrisers reeling at 29 for six.
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That brought Sammy and Amit Mishra together and they staged a remarkable recovery, taking the side to 87 before the latter finally left, caught by Cooper off Faulkner. Mishra made 21 off 28 balls with the help of two fours.
 
Sammy and Ashish Reddy (14) added 27 runs for the eighth wicket. At 114, in the 18th over, Reddy was claimed by Stuart Binny, caught by Rahane. 
 
Sammy was trapped leg before wicket by Faulkner off the last ball of the 19th over to make it 127 for nine. Samy's 60 came off 41 balls and was studded with eight fours and a six.
 
Sunrisers were now trying to boost their total by as much as possible and Dale Steyn got into act, hitting Cooper for two fours and a six to take 17 off the last over.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Akshath Reddy c Watson b Chandila 2
Shikhar Dhawan c Rahane b Faulkner 0
Kumar Sangakkara c Watson b Faulkner 4
Hanuma Vihari c Yagnik b Cooper 4
Karan Sharma c Hodge b Faulkner 6
Thisara Perera c Cooper b Chandila 4
Darren Sammy lbw Faulkner 60
Amit Mishra c Cooper b Faulkner 21
Ashish Reddy c Rahane b Binny 14
Dale Steyn not out 18
Ishant Sharma not out 0
Extras (lb 2, w 9) 11
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 144
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Reddy, 0.5 overs), 2-6 (Sangakkara, 1.4), 3-7 (Dhawan, 1.6), 4-15 (Karan Sharma, 3.4), 5-19 (Perera, 4.4), 6-29 (Vihari, 6.1), 7-87 (Mishra, 14.1), 8-114 (Ashish Reddy, 17.5), 9-127 (Sammy, 18.6)
Bowling:
Ajit Chandila 3-0-13-2
James Faulkner 4-0-20-5
Shane Watson 2-0-16-0
Kevon Cooper 4-0-42-1
Siddharth Trivedi 3-0-26-0
Stuart Binny 4-0-25-1
 
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Vihari b Perera 36
Ajinkya Rahane c Sangakkara b Steyn 1
Shane Watson not out 98
Stuart Binny not out 9
Extras (lb 1, w 1) 2
Total (for two wickets in 17.5 overs) 146
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Rahane, 2.3 ov), 2-81 (Dravid, 12.5 ov)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-1-15-1
Ishant Sharma 3-0-35-0
Thisara Perera 4-0-34-1
Darren Sammy 3-0-17-0
Amit Mishra 2-0-20-0
Karan Sharma 1.5-0-24-0
 
 
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Chasing 145, Rajasthan Royals make 53/1 in first 10 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad hooks a delivery to the boundary during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Jaipur on April 27, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad hooks a delivery to the boundary during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Jaipur on April 27, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 145 for a win, Rajasthan Royals made 53 for one in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad  in the 36th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here today.

Skipper Rahul Dravid, who opened the innings, was batting on 27 and Shane Watson on 31 at the half-way mark.
 
The wicket to fall was that of opener Ajinkya Rahane (1), who was caught by wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara off Dale Steyn when the total was just 7 in the third over.
 
Earlier, Darren Sammy hit a superb 60 as Sunrisers Hyderabad recovered well from a disastrous start to post 144 for nine wickets from their 20 overs.
 
For the home team, James Faulkner came up with a career-best performance of 5 for 20 that had the visitors on the defensive for the most party.
 
Opting to bat first, the visitors found themselves in trouble right away, and were in total disarray at 29 for six in 6.1 overs. None of their top six batsmen reached double figures.
 
They lost opener Akshath Reddy (0), caught by Shane Watson off Ajit Chandila in the first over, as he offered a tame stroke to a slow one and got a leading edge.
 
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (4), who sat out of the last three matches and returned to the side today, followed in the next, caught by Watson off James Faulkner to make it 6/2. The Sri Lankan failed to move his feet as he tried to reach one that seamed away and got an edge first slip.
 
Faulkner dismissed the other opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) also in the same over, taken brilliantly by Ajinkya Rahane at backward point. The batsman had tried to cut a ball that was short and wide.
 
Karan Sharma (6) was caught by Brad Hodge to give Faulkner his third wicket. Thisara Perera made only 4 before he was caught by Kevon Cooper off Chandila, the bowler's second wicket.
 
Much was expected of Hanuma Vihari (4), but he did not last very long and was caught by wicket-keeper Dishant Yagnik off Kevon Cooper to leave Sunrisers reeling at 29 for six.
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That brought Sammy and Amit Mishra together and they staged a remarkable recovery, taking the side to 87 before the latter finally left, caught by Cooper off Faulkner. Mishra made 21 off 28 balls with the help of two fours.
 
Sammy and Ashish Reddy (14) added 27 runs for the eighth wicket. At 114, in the 18th over, Reddy was claimed by Stuart Binny, caught by Rahane. 
 
Sammy was trapped leg before wicket by Faulkner off the last ball of the 19th over to make it 127 for nine. Samy's 60 came off 41 balls and was studded with eight fours and a six.
 
Sunrisers were now trying to boost their total by as much as possible and Dale Steyn got into act, hitting Cooper for two fours and a six to take 17 off the last over.
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad post 144/9 against Rajasthan Royals

Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad hooks a delivery to the boundary during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Jaipur on April 27, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad hooks a delivery to the boundary during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Jaipur on April 27, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Darren Sammy hit a superb 60 as Sunrisers Hyderabad recovered well from a disastrous start to post 144 for nine wickets from their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in the 36th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here today.

For the home team, James Faulkner came up with a career-best performance of 5 for 20 that had the visitors on the defensive for the most party.
 
Opting to bat first, the visitors found themselves in trouble right away, and were in total disarray at 19 for five in 4.4 overs and then 29 for six in 6.1 overs. None of their top six batsmen, in fact, reached double figures.
 
They lost opener Akshath Reddy (0), caught by Shane Watson off Ajit Chandila in the first over, as he offered a tame stroke to a slow one and got a leading edge.
 
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (4), who sat out of the last three matches and returned to the side today, followed in the next, caught by Watson off James Faulkner to make it 6/2. The Sri Lankan failed to move his feet as he tried to reach one that seamed away and got an edge first slip.
 
Faulkner dismissed the other opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) also in the same over, taken brilliantly by Ajinkya Rahane at backward point. The batsman had tried to cut a ball that was short and wide.
 
Karan Sharma (6) was caught by Brad Hodge to give Faulkner his third wicket. Thisara Perera made only 4 before he was caught by Kevon Cooper off Chandila, the bowler's second wicket.
 
Much was expected of Hanuma Vihari (4), but he did not last very long and was caught by wicket-keeper Dishant Yagnik off Kevon Cooper to leave Sunrisers reeling at 29 for six.
 
That brought Sammy and Amit Mishra together and they staged a remarkable recovery, taking the side to 87 before the latter finally left, caught by Cooper off Faulkner. Mishra made 21 off 28 balls with the help of two fours.
 
Sammy and Ashish Reddy (14) added 27 runs for the eighth wicket. At 114, in the 18th over, Reddy was claimed by Stuart Binny, caught by Rahane. 
 
Sammy was trapped leg before wicket by Faulkner off the last ball of the 19th over to make it 127 for nine. Samy's 60 came off 41 balls and was studded with eight fours and a six.
 
Sunrisers were now trying to boost their total by as much as possible and Dale Steyn got into act, hitting Cooper for two fours and a six to take 17 off the last over.
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad reeling at 19/5 after 5 overs against Rajasthan Royals

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Sunrisers Hyderabad were in total disarray at 19 for five wickets after the first five of their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in the 36th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here today.

Opting to bat first, the visitors found themselves in trouble right away, losing opener Akshath Reddy (0), caught by Shane Watson off Ajit Chandila in the first over.

Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (4), who sat out of the last three matches and returned to the side today, followed in the next, caught by Watson off James Faulkner to make it 6/2. Faulkner dismissed the other opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) also in the same over, taken brilliantly by Ajinkya Rahane.
 
Karan Sharma (6) was caught by Brad Hodge to give Faulkner his third wicket. Thisara Perera made only 4 before he was caught by Kevon Cooper off Chandila, the bowler's second wicket.
 
Darren Sammy (0) and Hanuma Vihari (3) were at the crease at the end of five overs.
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad elect to bat first against Rajasthan Royals

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and opted to bat first against Rajasthan Royals in the 36th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here today.

Sangakkara, who sat out of the last three matches, returned to the side today and Cameron White, who had led the team in his absence, was kept out.
 
Sri Lankan Thisara Perera, who could not play in Chennai, was also back in the side, replacing opening batsman Quinton de Kock. Akshath Reddy, the opening batsman, replaced Xavier Thalaivan Sargunam.
 
The home team made one change, including Sachin Baby in place of seamer Rahul Shukla. It is Baby's IPL debut.
 
The teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Akshath Reddy, Kumar Sangakkara (captain & wk),  Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, A Ashish Reddy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid (captain), Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Sachin Baby, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Ajit Chandila,  Siddharth Trivedi
 
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Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets

Chennai Superkings skipper M S Dhoni in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in Chennai on April 25, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chennai Superkings skipper M S Dhoni in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in Chennai on April 25, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni led from the front with a superb unbeaten 67 as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) outplayed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by five wickets, with just two balls to spare, in the 34th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.
 
Chasing 160 for a win, the two-times champions achieved the target in 19.4 overs to register their sixth win in eight matches.
 
They are now placed second in the table behind Royal Challengers Bangalore, who also have six wins from eight matches but have a better net run rate.
 
Sunrisers are in the third spot, with five wins from their eight outings so far, followed by Rajasthan Royals in the fourth position.
 
Kings XI Punjab are in the fifth spot, followed by Mumbai Indians, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils.
 
The nine teams will play each other twice in the league before the top four sides advance to the play-offs.
 
It was a match that could have gone either way after SRH, opting to bat first, posted 159 for six from their 20 overs, powered by an attacking and unbeaten 63 by opener Shikhar Dhawan.
 
CSK needed 15 runs from the last over sent down by Ashish Reddy, but Dhoni appeared under no pressure as he lifted a slower one over long-on for a mighty six and then slammed him for two consecutive fours to clinch the issue. 
 
Dhoni, who was chosen Man of the Match, made his 67 off 37 balls with seven fours and four sixes. He was lucky to have been dropped by Amit Mishra when he was just two, a fact that will haunt the fielder for a long time.
 
Chennai began the chase well, with openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay putting on 65 for the first wicket.
 
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Vijay was the first to depart, stumped by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock off Amit Mishra in the eighth over. The batsman had stepped out but was beaten by the turn and de Kock whipped off the bails in a jiffy. Vijay made 18 off 22 balls with two fours.
 
Two overs later, Mishra struck again, this time having  Hussey caught by de Kock. Hussey wanted to sweep the ball, but missed it and it hit his pads and then lobbed up and bounced off the back of his bat into the 'keeper's gloves. Hussey's 45 was compiled off just 26 balls with the help of two sixes and five fours.
 
At the half-way mark, the Super Kings were 76/2. 
 
Steyn came back into the attack and Raina struck him for a straight one-bounce four. In the same over, Dhoni who was on one at that stage, was dropped at fine-leg by Mishra, who failed to judge a sitter. At the other end, Karan Sharma conceded just two in the 12th over.
 
Sammy came into the attack, and Dhoni slammed him for two fours, one a pull to mid-wicket and the second over the bowler's head. Twelve runs came off that over.
 
In the next over, Mishra claimed his third wicket, getting Raina caught by Sammy at long-off. The batsman aimed to send the ball over mid-wicket but got a leading edge that travelled to Sammy.
 
Ishant Sharma was hit for two straight fours in the next over, which yielded 11 runs in all, and CSK were on 114/3 at the end of 15 overs, still needing 46 runs from 30 balls.
 
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Leg-spinner Karan Sharma continued to be economical, sending down a maiden over. His four overs had cost just eight runs.
 
It was now Steyn from the other end, and Dhoni promptly hit him for six over long-on and then despatched the next ball again into the same region.
 
CSK got 14 from that over, but still needed 32 from the remaining 18 balls. Ishant Sharma claimed Bravo (7), caught by Ashish Reddy at deep-square leg when the batsman attempted a pull. CSK were 130/4 in 17.2 overs.
 
With CSK needing 28 from 12 balls, Steyn came on to bowl the 19th over. Dhoni took two, and then struck him for four towards point and then a six over mid-wicket. Two balls later, he dismissed Ravindra Jadeja (1), taken brilliantly by Mishra at point.
 
The Sunrisers boosted their total by scoring 63 runs from the last five overs as Ashish Reddy hammered an unbeaten 36 off 16 balls with the help of three sixes and two fours.
 
Dhawan, who had retired hurt briefly after being hit by a ball from Dwayne Bravo in the 14th over, returned in the 18th over to contine from where he had left off.
 
Dhawan, who had been out of action due to an injury after his sensational Test debut against Australia a few weeks ago, made his 63 from 45 balls with the help of 10 fours.
 
Amit Mishra (15) and debutants Xavier Thalaivan Sargunam (10) and Darren Sammy (12) were the other Hyderabad batsmen who got into double figures today.
 
For the Super Kings, Mohit Sharma and Bravo took two wickets apiece, while Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one.
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Opting to bat first after skipper Cameron White won the toss, Sunrises got off to a disastrous start, losing opener Quinton de Kock (4) off the third ball of the innings, caught by Murali Vijay off Mohit Sharma to make it 4 for one. 
 
de Kock, who had hit the bowler past cover for four off the previous ball, tried to drive the ball over mid-on, but ended up sending it towards Murali Vijay, who dived to his right and took a superb catch.
 
In the next over, Hanuma Vihari (2) departed, run out by a throw by Suresh Raina in the covers to the striker's end. Dhawan had pushed the ball and set out for a single, but Vihari was a bit slow in responding to the call. That reduced Sunrises to 12 for two after two overs.
 
Dhawan and White (2) took the score to 37 before the latter edged the ball to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps to give Sharma his second wicket. At the end of five overs, SRH were 37/3.
 
Dhawan and Mishra (15) added 24 for the fourth wicket. With the total at 61, Mishra holed out to Dwayne Bravo at long-on to give Ravichandran Ashwin his first wicket. Sunrisers were 62 for four at the half-way mark.
 
When Dhawan retired hurt in the 14th over, Sammy walked out to the middle for his IPL debut and marked it with a four through a top edge off Bravo that raced to the fence over the wicket-keeper's head.
 
In the next over, sammy slammed Ravindra Jadeva for six over long-on, as Sunrisers reached 96 for four at the end of 15 overs.
 
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Sargunam was out in the next over, caught and bowled by Bravo, while trying to go for a pull off a short one and getting a top edge.
 
Reddy and Sammy kept the scoreboard moving at a brisk pace. Sammy hit Chris Morris for four over the bowler's head and past long-off, and two balls alter, Reddy lifted him over mid-wicket for a six.
 
Bravo got Sammy in the next over, caught at backward point by Morris when he tried to send the ball through the cover region.
 
That brought Dhawan back on the scene and he and Reddy added 43 runs in the remaining 2.4 overs. Dhawan smacked Bravo for two fours, and then Sharma for two more.
 
It was Reddy on strike in the last over, and he slammed Bravo for two fours and a six as  Sunrisers set Chennai a target of 160.
 
Both teams went into today's match with five wins from their previous seven matches. CSK are placed second in the table, behind Royal Challengers Bangalore at the top, while SRH are in third place.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Quinton de Kock c Vijay b Sharma 4
Shikhar Dhawan not out 63
Hanuma Vihari run out (Raina) 2
Cameron White c Dhoni b Sharma 2
Amit Mishra c Bravo b Ashwin 15
Thalaivan Sargunam c & b Bravo 10
Darren Sammy c Morris b Bravo 19
Ashish Reddy not out 36
Extras (lb 5, w 3) 8
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (de Kock, 0.3 overs), 2-12 (Vihari, 1.6), 3-37 (White, 4.5), 4-61 (Mishra, 9.5), 4-83* (Dhawan, retired not out, 13.3), 5-98 (Thalaivan Sargunam, 15.3), 6-116 (Sammy, 17.2)
Bowling:
Mohit Sharma 4-0-33-2
Jason Holder 4-0-31-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-21-1
Chris Morris 3-0-24-0
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-37-2
Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-8-0
 
Chennai Super Kings
Mike Hussey c de Kock b Mishra 45
Murali Vijay st de Kock b Mishra 18
Suresh Raina c Sammy b Mishra 16
Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 67
Dwayne Bravo c Ashish Reddy b Ishant 7
Ravindra Jadeja c Mishra b Steyn 1
Chris Morris not out 0
Extras (lb 1, w 4, nb 1) 6
Total (for five wickets in 19.4 overs) 160
Fall of wickets: 1-65 (Vijay, 7.3 overs), 2-76 (Hussey, 9.2), 3-99 (Raina, 13.2), 4-130 (Bravo, 17.2), 5-145 (Jadeja, 18.5)
Bowling:
Darren Sammy 3-0-31-0
Ishant Sharma 4-0-34-1
Dale Steyn 4-0-45-1
Karan Sharma 4-1-8-0
Amit Mishra 4-0-26-3
Ashish Reddy 0.4-0-15-0
 
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Chasing 160, CSK make 76/2 in first 10 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Michael Hussey of Chennai Superkings in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in Chennai on April 25, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Michael Hussey of Chennai Superkings in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in Chennai on April 25, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 160 for a win, Chennai Super Kings made 76 for two in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 34th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

Suresh Raina (9) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (0) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
Earlier, opting to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 159 for six from their 20 overs, powered by an attacking and unbeaten 63 by opener Shikhar Dhawan.
 
Chennai began the chase well, with openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay putting on 65 for the first wicket.
 
Vijay was the first to depart, stumped by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock off Amit Mishra in the eighth over. The batsman had stepped out but was beaten by the turn and de Kock whipped off the bails in a jiffy. Vijay made 18 off 22 balls with two fours.
 
Two overs later, Mishra struck again, this time having  Hussey caught by de Kock. Hussey wanted to sweep the ball, but missed it and it hit his pads and then lobbed up and bounced off the back of his bat into the 'keeper's gloves. Hussey's 45 was compiled off just 26 balls with the help of two sixes and five fours.
 
The Sunrisers boosted their total by scoring 63 runs from the last five overs as Ashish Reddy hammered an unbeaten 36 off 16 balls with the help of three sixes and two fours.
 
Dhawan, who had retired hurt briefly after being hit by a ball from Dwayne Bravo in the 14th over, returned in the 18th over to contine from where he had left off.
 
Dhawan, who had been out of action due to an injury after his sensational Test debut against Australia a few weeks ago, made his 63 from 45 balls with the help of 10 fours.
 
Amit Mishra (15) and debutants Xavier Thalaivan Sargunam (10) and Darren Sammy (12) were the other Hyderabad batsmen who got into double figures today.
 
For the Super Kings, Mohit Sharma and Bravo took two wickets apiece, while Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one.
 
Opting to bat first after skipper Cameron White won the toss, Sunrises got off to a disastrous start, losing opener Quinton de Kock (4) off the third ball of the innings, caught by Murali Vijay off Mohit Sharma to make it 4 for one. 
 
de Kock, who had hit the bowler past cover for four off the previous ball, tried to drive the ball over mid-on, but ended up sending it towards Murali Vijay, who dived to his right and took a superb catch.
 
In the next over, Hanuma Vihari (2) departed, run out by a throw by Suresh Raina in the covers to the striker's end. Dhawan had pushed the ball and set out for a single, but Vihari was a bit slow in responding to the call. That reduced Sunrises to 12 for two after two overs.
 
Dhawan and White (2) took the score to 37 before the latter edged the ball to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps to give Sharma his second wicket. At the end of five overs, SRH were 37/3.
 
Dhawan and Mishra (15) added 24 for the fourth wicket. With the total at 61, Mishra holed out to Dwayne Bravo at long-on to give Ravichandran Ashwin his first wicket. Sunrisers were 62 for four at the half-way mark.
 
When Dhawan retired hurt in the 14th over, Sammy walked out to the middle for his IPL debut and marked it with a four through a top edge off Bravo that raced to the fence over the wicket-keeper's head.
 
In the next over, sammy slammed Ravindra Jadeva for six over long-on, as Sunrisers reached 96 for four at the end of 15 overs.
 
Sargunam was out in the next over, caught and bowled by Bravo, while trying to go for a pull off a short one and getting a top edge.
 
Reddy and Sammy kept the scoreboard moving at a brisk pace. Sammy hit Chris Morris for four over the bowler's head and past long-off, and two balls alter, Reddy lifted him over mid-wicket for a six.
 
Bravo got Sammy in the next over, caught at backward point by Morris when he tried to send the ball through the cover region.
 
That brought Dhawan back on the scene and he and Reddy added 43 runs in the remaining 2.4 overs. Dhawan smacked Bravo for two fours, and then Sharma for two more.
 
It was Reddy on strike in the last over, and he slammed Bravo for two fours and a six as  Sunrisers set Chennai a target of 160.
 
Both teams went into today's match with five wins from their previous seven matches. CSK are placed second in the table, behind Royal Challengers Bangalore at the top, while SRH are in third place.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Quinton de Kock c Vijay b Sharma 4
Shikhar Dhawan not out 63
Hanuma Vihari run out (Raina) 2
Cameron White c Dhoni b Sharma 2
Amit Mishra c Bravo b Ashwin 15
Thalaivan Sargunam c & b Bravo 10
Darren Sammy c Morris b Bravo 19
Ashish Reddy not out 36
Extras (lb 5, w 3) 8
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (de Kock, 0.3 overs), 2-12 (Vihari, 1.6), 3-37 (White, 4.5), 4-61 (Mishra, 9.5), 4-83* (Dhawan, retired not out, 13.3), 5-98 (Thalaivan Sargunam, 15.3), 6-116 (Sammy, 17.2)
Bowling:
Mohit Sharma 4-0-33-2
Jason Holder 4-0-31-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-21-1
Chris Morris 3-0-24-0
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-37-2
Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-8-0
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad make 159/6 against Chennai Super Kings

Shikhar Dhawan of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Chennai on April 25, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Shikhar Dhawan of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in Chennai on April 25, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by an attacking and unbeaten 63 by opener Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) posted 159 for six against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 34th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

The visitors scored 63 runs from the last five overs as Ashish Reddy hammered an unbeaten 36 off 16 balls with the help of three sixes and two fours.
 
Dhawan, who had retired hurt briefly after being hit by a ball from Dwayne Bravo in the 14th over, returned in the 18th over to continue from where he had left off.
 
Dhawan, who had been out of action due to an injury after his sensational Test debut against Australia a few weeks ago, made his 63 from 45 balls with the help of 10 fours.
 
Amit Mishra (15) and debutants Xavier Thalaivan Sargunam (10) and Darren Sammy (12) were the other Hyderabad batsmen who got into double figures today.
 
For the Super Kings, Mohit Sharma and Bravo took two wickets apiece, while Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one.
 
Opting to bat first after skipper Cameron White won the toss, Sunrises got off to a disastrous start, losing opener Quinton de Kock (4) off the third ball of the innings, caught by Murali Vijay off Mohit Sharma to make it 4 for one. 
 
de Kock, who had hit the bowler past cover for four off the previous ball, tried to drive the ball over mid-on, but ended up sending it towards Murali Vijay, who dived to his right and took a superb catch.
 
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In the next over, Hanuma Vihari (2) departed, run out by a throw by Suresh Raina in the covers to the striker's end. Dhawan had pushed the ball and set out for a single, but Vihari was a bit slow in responding to the call. That reduced Sunrises to 12 for two after two overs.
 
Dhawan and White (2) took the score to 37 before the latter edged the ball to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps to give Sharma his second wicket. At the end of five overs, SRH were 37/3.
 
Dhawan and Mishra (15) added 24 for the fourth wicket. With the total at 61, Mishra holed out to Dwayne Bravo at long-on to give Ravichandran Ashwin his first wicket. Sunrisers were 62 for four at the half-way mark.
 
When Dhawan retired hurt in the 14th over, Sammy walked out to the middle for his IPL debut and marked it with a four through a top edge off Bravo that raced to the fence over the wicket-keeper's head.
 
In the next over, sammy slammed Ravindra Jadeva for six over long-on, as Sunrisers reached 96 for four at the end of 15 overs.
 
Sargunam was out in the next over, caught and bowled by Bravo, while trying to go for a pull off a short one and getting a top edge.
 
Reddy and Sammy kept the scoreboard moving at a brisk pace. Sammy hit Chris Morris for four over the bowler's head and past long-off, and two balls alter, Reddy lifted him over mid-wicket for a six.
 
Bravo got Sammy in the next over, caught at backward point by Morris when he tried to send the ball through the cover region.
 
That brought Dhawan back on the scene and he and Reddy added 43 runs in the remaining 2.4 overs. Dhawan smacked Bravo for two fours, and then Sharma for two more.
 
It was Reddy on strike in the last over, and he slammed Bravo for two fours and a six as  Sunrisers set Chennai a target of 160.
 
Both teams went into today's match with five wins from their previous seven matches. CSK are placed second in the table, behind Royal Challengers Bangalore at the top, while SRH are in third place.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
Quinton de Kock c Vijay b Sharma 4
Shikhar Dhawan not out 63
Hanuma Vihari run out (Raina) 2
Cameron White c Dhoni b Sharma 2
Amit Mishra c Bravo b Ashwin 15
Thalaivan Sargunam c & b Bravo 10
Darren Sammy c Morris b Bravo 19
Ashish Reddy not out 36
Extras (lb 5, w 3) 8
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (de Kock, 0.3 overs), 2-12 (Vihari, 1.6), 3-37 (White, 4.5), 4-61 (Mishra, 9.5), 4-83* (Dhawan, retired not out, 13.3), 5-98 (Thalaivan Sargunam, 15.3), 6-116 (Sammy, 17.2)
Bowling:
Mohit Sharma 4-0-33-2
Jason Holder 4-0-31-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-21-1
Chris Morris 3-0-24-0
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-37-2
Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-8-0
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad opt to bat first against Chennai Super Kings

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Cameron White won the toss and opted to bat first against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 34th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

Both teams went into today's match with five wins from their previous seven matches. CSK are placed second in the table, behind Royal Challengers Bangalore at the top, while SRH are in third place.
 
Shikhar Dhawan and Darren Sammy have been included in the Sunrisers' eleven. Dhawan, who has been out of action because of a fractured had since his sensational Test debut against Australia some weeks ago, will replace Akshath Reddy. Sammy, who is making his IPL debut, will replace Thisara Perera. Also making his IPL debut today for SRH is local lad Xavier Thalaivan Sargunam.
 
Chennai Super Kings did not make any changes in their eleven.
 
The teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Cameron White (captain), Darren Sammy, Xavier Thalaivan Sargunam, Ashish Reddy, Karan Sharma,  Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Morris, Subramanian Badrinath, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Mohit Sharma
 
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Steyn is definitely among top three: Waqar

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Pakistan's legendary fast bowler Waqar Younis feels South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn is definitely among the top three all-time greats.

“I don’t want to offend anyone because there have been some seriously great bowlers in the last four-five decades that I can remember. We’ve had Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Michael Holding and so many big names. 
 
“But Dale Steyn is definitely in the top three for me. And if he keeps going like this for the next two-three seasons, he’ll hit the top. Not many bowlers have swung the ball at his pace and have had his fitness,” Waqar was quoted as saying by iplt20.com
 
Waqar has followed Steyn's career right from when he made his debut for South Africa in 2004. But now he is getting to work with Steyn as a bowling consultant with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
 
“I have been watching Steyn since he played his first game for South Africa but this is the first time that I have met him. I have been a big fan. Not only me but everyone in the cricket world loves him for the way he plays the game. That’s not only because of his bowling but other things that he brings onto the table," he said.
 
Waqar said Steyn's fitness has been the key behind his successs.
 
“His fitness is the key behind his success. Also, he likes to talk. He’s amazing when he talks to the coaches and youngsters alike. He participates and shows interest in all the team matters. That’s one reason why the team is doing so well. The fact that we have mutual admiration and respect towards each other, makes it easier for us to talk about certain things and it works really well for the team,” he said.
 
Waqar feels the varied styles of his main pacers has troubled the opposition batsmen.
 
“When it comes to our pacers, they’re not only from different countries but are also different types of bowlers. Ishant is tall and can generate bounce while Steyn swings the ball at pace and Perera can bowl the wide yorker and the slower one well with his slingy action. That blend of different styles makes us an even better side. The batsman is already struggling against Steyn and then he has to face a ball delivered by Ishant from eight feet high,” he said.
 
Waqar said though Ishant hasn't lived up to the initial promise that he showed, he backed the Delhi boy to do better in future.
 
“He is a very, very hard-working kid. He really wants to learn. He talks to you about his bowling and tries to get better each time. Fair enough, he hasn’t lived up to his potential up until now but he is on his way. I believe he will do well in the future,” he said.
 
Waqar said Ishant's bane has been the slow tracks in India.
 
“The first and the biggest reason are the slow pitches in India. They don’t suit his bowling style. He has played most of his 50 Test matches in India. When the team plays three spinners and one fast bowler, the pacer is not going to bowl much. On these flat pitches it’s hard to get wickets, not only for Ishant but for anyone," he said.
 
Waqr said it becomes difficult for Ishant when he doesn't get enough support from the other end.
 
“Even in Pakistan we have similar flat pitches but people like Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar and myself always hunted in packs. We were two-three of us together and we used to gang up against the spin bowlers. When you’re the lone pacer, it becomes difficult to make the same impact.”
 
“Ishant is not express quick but he is tall and gets good bounce. When he goes overseas he’s a different bowler and bowls much better. But when you haven’t done enough at home, it is very difficult to go abroad and suddenly blast the opposition out. It can happen occasionally but not every time,” he said.
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad thrash Kings XI Punjab by 5 wickets

Thisara Perera of Sunrisers Hyderabad hits a six during their match against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on April 19 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Thisara Perera of Sunrisers Hyderabad hits a six during their match against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on April 19 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in the 25th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here this evening with seven balls to spare.

At the end of the 18th over, Sunrisers still needed 18 runs from the remaining 12 balls, but Perera settled the issue in five balls, with the help of three huge sixes off Azhar Mahmood.

Hanuma Vihari topscored for Sunrisers with 46 off 39 balls with the help of five fours, while Cameron White, standing in for regular skipper Kumar Sangakkara, made 16. Opener Akshath Reddy contributed 19. Vihari was chosen Man of the Match for his superb knock.
 
For Kings XI, Manpreet Gony took two for 24, while Praveen Kumar, Azhar Mahmood and Piyush Chawla picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Sunrisers started the chase on the wrong foot, losing opener Quinton de Kock (0) in the first over. Akshath Reddy (19) and Vihari added 48 for the second wicket, before the former departed in the eighth over.
 
Vihari made his exit in the 12th over, followed by White in the 16th over and Biplab Samantray (10) in the 17th over, with the total at 97/5.
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Thisara then took control of the situation and indulged in some big hitting as he guided his side past the post in style in front of a wildly cheering home crowd.
 
Earlier, opting to bat first after their skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss, KXIP began in tentative fashion and never really got going as they posted 123 for nine from their 20 overs.
 
Towards the end, there was a virtual collapse, with four wickets falling off consecutive deliveries.
 
Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma picked up two wickets apiece, while Dale Steyn took one.
 
For KXIP, Gilchrist top-scored with 26 (4x4), while Piyush Chawla brought some cheer to the side in the middle overs  as he hammered two sixes and a four on way to 23. David Hussey made 22 (1x6, 1x4) and Gurkeerat Singh contributed 17.
 
With today's win, Sunrisers have risen to the top of the league table, with five wins from seven outings so far, ahead of Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
 
Kings XI Punjab remained in sixth place, with two wins from their five engagements so far.
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Scoreboard:
Kings XI Punjab
Mandeep Singh c de Kock b Ishant 10
Adam Gilchrist c Ishant b Karan 26
Paul Valthaty c Perera b Karan 6
David Hussey c Reddy b Ishant 22
Piyush Chawla run out (Reddy/Perera) 23
Gurkeerat Singh b Steyn 17
Azhar Mahmood c Ashish Reddy b Mishra 4
Manpreet Gony run out (Ishant/De Kock) 0
Manan Vohra c Ishant b Mishra 0
Dimitri Mascarenhas not out 5
Praveen Kumar not out 3
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 2) 7
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Mandeep Singh, 2.5 overs), 2-47 (Gilchrist, 8.4), 3-48 (Valthaty, 8.6), 4-88 (Chawla, 14.1), 5-104 (Hussey, 16.3), 6-114 (Azhar Mahmood, 17.4), 7-115 (Gony, 17.5), 8-115 (Vohra, 17.6), 9-115 (Gurkeerat Singh, 18.1)
Bowling:
Hanuma Vihar 1-0-2-0
Dale Steyn 4-0-14-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-29-2
Thisara Perera 4-0-25-0
Karan Sharma 3-0-19-2
Amit Mishra 4-0-29-2
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Quinton de Kock b Kumar 0
Akshath Reddy c Azhar Mahmood b Gony 19
Hanuma Vihari c Hussey b Chawla 46
Cameron White b Gony 16
Biplab Samantray lbw Azhar Mahmood 10
Thisara Perera not out 23
Ashish Reddy not out 7
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 1) 6
Total (for five wickets in 18.5 overs) 127
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (de Kock, 0.4 overs), 2-48 (Reddy, 7.5), 3-70 (Vihari, 11.4), 4-87 (White, 15.1), 5-97 (Samantray, 16.1)
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 3-1-12-1
Dimitri Mascarenhas 4-0-25-0
Azhar Mahmood 3.5-0-36-1
Piyush Chawla 4-0-25-1
Manpreet Gony 4-0-24-2 
 
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Kings XI Punjab make 123/9 against against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Piyush Chawla of Kings XI Punjab in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on April 19, 2013 .Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Piyush Chawla of Kings XI Punjab in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on April 19, 2013 .Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) made 123 for nine from their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 25th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here this evening.
 
Opting to bat first after their skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss, KXIP began in tentative fashion and never really got going. 
 
Towards the end, there was a virtual collapse, with four wickets falling off consecutive deliveries.
 
Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma picked up two wickets apiece, while Dale Steyn took one.
 
For KXIP, Gilchrist top-scored with 26 (4x4), while Piyush Chawla brought some cheer to the side in the middle overs  as he hammered two sixes and a four on way to 23. David Hussey made 22 (1x6, 1x4) and Gurkeerat Singh contributed 17.
 
Sunrisers are currently placed third on the table with four wins from their six outings so far, while KXIP are in the sixth spot, with two wins from their four engagements in the tournament so far.
 
Sunrisers took the field for the second consecutive match without their regular skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who stayed out of their previous match against Pune Warriors after a string of low scores -- 15, 16, 23, 28 and 2 -- in the team's first five matches. Cameron White is leading the Sunrisers in his absence.
 
The home team made one change, dropping Parthiv Patel and bringing in Akshath Reddy.
 
KXIP made two changes, dropping David Miller and bringing in Dimitri Mascarenhas. Also, Valthaty was included in the side.
 
Scoreboard:
Kings XI Punjab
Mandeep Singh c de Kock b Ishant 10
Adam Gilchrist c Ishant b Karan 26
Paul Valthaty c Perera b Karan 6
David Hussey c Reddy b Ishant 22
Piyush Chawla run out (Reddy/Perera) 23
Gurkeerat Singh b Steyn 17
Azhar Mahmood c Ashish Reddy b Mishra 4
Manpreet Gony run out (Ishant/De Kock) 0
Manan Vohra c Ishant b Mishra 0
Dimitri Mascarenhas not out 5
Praveen Kumar not out 3
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 2) 7
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Mandeep Singh, 2.5 overs), 2-47 (Gilchrist, 8.4), 3-48 (Valthaty, 8.6), 4-88 (Chawla, 14.1), 5-104 (Hussey, 16.3), 6-114 (Azhar Mahmood, 17.4), 7-115 (Gony, 17.5), 8-115 (Vohra, 17.6), 9-115 (Gurkeerat Singh, 18.1)
Bowling:
Hanuma Vihar 1-0-2-0
Dale Steyn 4-0-14-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-29-2
Thisara Perera 4-0-25-0
Karan Sharma 3-0-19-2
Amit Mishra 4-0-29-2
 
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Kings XI Punjab make 55/3 in first 10 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Piyush Chawla of Kings XI Punjab in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on April 19, 2013 .Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Piyush Chawla of Kings XI Punjab in action during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on April 19, 2013 .Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) made 55 for three wickets in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 25th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here this evening.

David Hussey (6) and Piyush Chawla (2) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets to fall were those of openers Mandeep Singh (10), Adam Gilchrist (26) and Paul Valthaty (6).
 
Karan Sharma dismissed Gilchrist and Valthaty, while Ishant Sharma got the first breakthrough by claiming Mandeep Singh.
 
Sunrisers are currently placed third on the table with four wins from their six outings so far, while KXIP are in the sixth spot, with two wins from their four engagements in the tournament so far.
 
Sunrisers took the field for the second consecutive match without their regular skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who stayed out of their previous match against Pune Warriors after a string of low scores -- 15, 16, 23, 28 and 2 -- in the team's first five matches. Cameron White is leading the Sunrisers in his absence.
 
The home team made one change, dropping Parthiv Patel and bringing in Akshath Reddy.
 
KXIP made two changes, dropping David Miller and bringing in Dimitri Mascarenhas. Also, Paul Valthaty has been included in the side.
 
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Kings XI Punjab opt to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad

 

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 25th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here this evening.

Sunrisers are currently placed third on the table with four wins from their six outings so far, while KXIP are in the sixth spot, with two wins from their four engagements in the tournament so far.
 
Sunrisers took the field for the second consecutive match without their regular skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who stayed out of their previous match against Pune Warriors after a string of low scores -- 15, 16, 23, 28 and 2 -- in the team's first five matches. Cameron White is leading the Sunrisers in his absence.
 
The home team made one change, dropping Parthiv Patel and bringing in Akshath Reddy.
 
KXIP made two changes, dropping David Miller and bringing in Dimitri Mascarenhas. Also, Paul Valthaty has been included in the side.
 
The teams:
 
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (captain & wk), Mandeep Singh, Paul Valthaty, David Hussey, Azhar Mahmood, Manan Vohra, Gurkeerat Singh, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dimitri Mascarenhas
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Akshath Reddy, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Cameron White (captain), Thisara Perera, Ashish Reddy, Karan Sharma, Biplab Samantray, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
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Mishra magic guides Sunrisers to an inspiring win

Amit Mishra of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action in a match against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League at Pune on April 17, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Amit Mishra of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action in a match against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League at Pune on April 17, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

A magical one over by Amit Mishra, who got the second hat-trick of the Indian Premier League (IPL), that claimed four wickets guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to a stunning 11-run win over Pune Warriors at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here today.

It was an insipid batting performance by Sunrisers as they managed just 119 from their 20 overs, but their bowlers, specially Mishra, defended the meagre total to bowl out Pune for 108 runs with six balls to spare.
 
Chasing 120, Pune started aggressively with Robin Uthappa (22) flicking two boundaries off Dale Steyn before driving Ishant Sharma down the ground. Aaron Finch (16) then hit two boundaries off Steyn's second over. 
 
But it was Thisara Perera, who dealt the first blows, by dismissing Uthappa (22) and Finch (16) off consecutive deliveries. Uthappa was caught at deep square leg, while Finch was done in by the extra bounce and found the man at point. Karan Sharma trapped Tirumalasetti Suman (12) leg before as Sunrisers slumped to 57 for three.
 
With less than 6 runs needed per over, Pune Warriors looked on course for an easy win. But their batsmen played some loose shots and allowed Hyderabad to claw back into the match.
 
Steven Smith (17) top edged a pull shot and was caught at the fence by Ashish Reddy off Ishant and the quick dismissals of Mitchell Marsh (14) and Abhishek Nayar (0) brought Sunrisers back into the game. 
 
Needing 14 off 12, Mishra bowled a brilliant 19th over picking four wickets which included a hat trick to bundle out Pune Warriors. Mishra dismissed Angelo Mathews (20), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0), Rahul Sharma (0) and Ashok Dinda (0) as Sunrisers pulled off an unlikely win. 
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Earlier, put in to bat first, Sunrisers lost Quinton de Kock (2) early in the second over. de Kock, who came in for Kumar Sangakara, was caught at cover off Ashok Dinda. Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball beautifully and bowled Parthiv Patel (12) and Cameron White (0) off consecutive deliveries to leave Sunrisers at 15 for 3 in 3 overs. 
 
The wickets continued to tumble as Kumar had Hanuma Vihari (1) edging to Finch at first slip to claim his third wicket. Karan Sharma (7) was trapped leg before by Rahul Sharma to have half the SRH side back in the hut.
 
The slide continued as Marsh then had Perera (2) caught behind. Biplab Samantray provided some resistance hitting Sharma for a boundary before launching him for a six over square leg. Sharma however had his revenge having Samantray (37) caught at long-off. 
 
Ashish Reddy, struck an unbeaten 19 and played a few shots including a six off Matthews. Along with Mishra, who scored 30 off 24 balls, he helped Sunrisers reach 119 for 8 from their 20 overs.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Parthiv Patel b Kumar 12
Quinton de Kock c Marsh b Dinda 2
Hanuma Vihari c Finch b Kumar 1
Cameron White b Kumar 0
Biplab Samantray c Pandey b Sharma 37
Karan Sharma lbw b Sharma 7
Thisara Perera c Uthappa b Marsh 2
Amit Mishra run out (Pandey/Uthappa) 30
Ashish Reddy not out 19
Dale Steyn not out 4
Extras (w 5) 5
Total (eight wickets in 20 overs) 119
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (de Kock, 1.6 overs), 2-15 (Patel, 2.5), 3-15 (White, 2.6), 4-17 (Vihari, 4.6), 5-41 (Karan Sharma, 9.2), 6-44 (Perera, 10.4), 7-75 (Samantray, 14.6), 8-115 (Mishra, 19.5)
Bowling
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-18-3
Ashok Dinda 4-0-25-1
Angelo Mathews 4-0-29-0
Rahul Sharma 4-0-21-2
Mitchell Marsh 4-0-26-1
 
Pune Warriors
Robin Uthappa c Samantray b Perera 22
Aaron Finch c de Kock b Perera 16
Tirumalasetti Suman lbw b Karan Sharma 12
Steven Smith c Ashish Reddy b Ishant Sharma 17
Angelo Mathews c Steyn b Mishra 20
Mitchell Marsh c Ashish Reddy b Steyn 14
Abhishek Nayar c Samantray b Perera 0
Manish Pandey not out 7
Bhuvneshwar Kumar lbw b Mishra 0
Rahul Sharma b Mishra 0
Ashok Dinda b Mishra 0
Extras 0
Total (All out in 19 overs) 108
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Uthappa, 4.2 overs), 2-38 (Finch, 4.3), 3-57 (Suman, 8.3), 4-76 (Smith, 12.3), 5-101 (Marsh, 16.6), 6-101 (Nayar, 17.2), 7-107 (Mathews, 18.2), 8-108 (Kumar, 18.4), 9-108 (Sharma, 18.5)
Bowling
Ishant Sharma 4-0-22-1
Dale Steyn 4-0-34-1
Thisara Perera 4-0-20-3
Amit Mishra 4-0-19-4
Karan Sharma 3-0-13-1
 
Match details:
Toss: Pune Warriors, chose to field
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and A.K. Chaudhary
TV umpire: S. Asnani
Match referee: Javagal Srinath
Reserve umpire: P.G. Pathak
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad stun Pune Warriors by 11 runs

Amit Mishra of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action in a match against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League at Pune on April 17, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Amit Mishra of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action in a match against Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League at Pune on April 17, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off a stunning 11-run win over Pune Warriors in the 22nd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here today.
 
Put in to bat first, Sunrisers recovered from from a top-order collapse to post 119 for eight in their 20 overs, after reeling at 17 for four at one stage.
 
Then then bowled out Pune Warriors for 108 in 19 overs, with the last six wickets falling for just seven runs.
 
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