Sunrisers Hyderabad won the one-over eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the two teams ended up in a tie at the end of their 20 overs in the seventh match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.
For the Hyderabad team, this was their second consecutive win in their first appearance in the tournament. They had beaten Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their opening match two days ago.
Opting to bat first, RCB posted 130 for eight and Sunrisers responded with 130 for eight from their 20 overs.
The match went into the super over, with Sunrisers getting to bat first. Cameron White and Thisara Perera managed 20 from the over, including two sixes by White over long-on and long-off.
A good total by any standards, but would it be enough against Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli of RCB? That was the question on everyone's minds.
Gayle got three off the first two balls from Steyn before Kohli deflected him on the leg side for four. One more run from Kohli and then Gayle smacked him for a straight six.
Six more were needed from the last ball, but Gayle managed only one and Sunrisers were through in one of the most exciting IPL encounters.
Earlier, Hanuma Vihari topscored for Sunrisers with an unbeaten 44 after having accounted for Chris Gayle's wicket in the first session -- a performance that got him the Man of the Match award.
Akshath Reddy made 23 and skipper Kumara Sangakkara and Ashish Reddy contributed 16 and 14, respectively.
For RCB, Henriques took two for 14, while Unadkat got two for 24. Vinay Kumar and Muthaiah Muralitharan picked up one each.
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli hits a six during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 7, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Earlier, in the first session, RCB made 130 for eight from their 20 overs, powered by a superb 46 by skipper Virat Kohli, who was the top scorer for his side, and Moises Henriques' 44.
None of the other RCB batsmen got into double figures today.
For Sunrisers, Ishant Sharma took three for 27, while Dale Steyn, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Amit Mishra and Ashish Reddy took one apiece.
Both teams went into the match with a win each from their first outings. RCB beat Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5 and Sunrisers outplayed Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their first outing on April 4.
Chasing 131 for a win, Akshat Reddy and Parthiv Patel of Sunrisers got four off the first over from Jaydev Unadkat.
Henriques came on from the other end, and got Patel (2) caught behind by Arun Karthik with his very first ball. Reddy turned a delivery down the leg side off his hips for four to the fine leg boundary. Cameron White flicked Unadkat past fine leg for another four in the next over. Sunrisers were 19/1 after three overs.
In the fourth over, White left, caught by Muralitharan at mid-off off Henriques. He had made 5 off 9 balls with one four.
Murali Kartik came on to bowl, and Reddy stepped out and guided one through cover for an exquisite four. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 31 for two, and needed 100 from the remaining 15 overs.
The home team added six runs in the sixth over and six more in the seventh through singles and twos. The eighth over yielded only four.
Muthaiah Muralitharan was brought into the attack at this stage and he promptly delivered, bowling Reddy (23, 2x4) with his second delivery, one that stayed low and turned, knocking back his off stump.
At the half-way mark, Sunrisers were on 56 for three, and still needed 75 runs from the remaining 60 balls.
The pressure was clearly showing on the home team, and they could manage only three runs off Muralitharan's next over.
Sangakkara pulled a ball from Tilakeratne Dilshan, that was short and wide outside the off-stump, over midwicket for four. Ten runs came in that over.
Vihari swept Muralitharan for four in the next over, that yielded eight runs in all.
Unadkat came back into attack and, with his fourth ball, he got the big wickt of Sangakkara, caught behind by Arun Karthik. The skipper had made 16 off 17 balls with one four. The sunrisers needed 50 runs from 38 balls at that stage.
Muralitharan conceded nine runs from his last over as the Sunrisers moved to 91/4 at the end of 15 overs, with Vihari on 27.
Unadkat came back to bowl, and Thisara Perera smacked him for a powerful four that shot past the bowler and the fielders in the deep, raising the home crowd's hopes. He was out the next ball, a slower one which the batsman pulled without timing it well and Henriques took an easy catch at deep mid-wicket. Perera made just 7 with one four.
In the next over, RCB got rid of Ankit Mishra (0), who can bat well, run out in dramatic fashion. Vihari had guided the ball to deep backward point, where Vinay Kumar dived and managed to stop the ball and his throw to the wicket-keeper found Mishra miles out of the crease.
Sunrisers were 101/6 in 16.1 overs, still 30 runs away, and things were not looking good for them at all.
Ashish Reddy brought the home supporters to their feet by sending a ball from Vinay Kumar over long-on for six before Vihari went down to a slower one and slammed it for another four. In all, 14 runs came off that over and Sunrisers needed 14 from 12 balls. It was now clear that the match would go to the wire.
Seven runs came off the 19th over sent down by Kartik, and Sunrisers now needed 7 runs from the last six balls.
Vinay Kumar got Ashish Reddy (14, 1x6) caught by Kohli at cover off the first ball.
Steyn takes two off the second ball, and one off the fourth. The fifth ball produces two more, and now Sunrisers need two from the last ball. Vihari misses the ball, but runs a quick bye and it is an exciting tie as Sunrisers end up with 130 for 7 from their 20 overs, taking the match into the super over to decide the winner.
The first session saw RCB getting off to a brisk start, with eight runs coming off the first over from Steyn. The visitors were all confidence, with star opener Chris Gayle recovered from the injury that had hobbled him in the previous match.
Sunrisers skipper Kumara Sangakkara suprised everyone by bringing on off-spinner Hanuma Vihari, who stunned RCB by dismissing Gayle with his first ball in IPL.
He sent down a gentle delivery from round the wicket, slightly quick and with a little extra bounce. Gayle attempted a cut, and ended up edging the ball to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. There was disbelief all around the stadium, with many in the crowd having come to watch some fireworks from Gayle.
RCB skipper tried to keep the scoreboard moving, hitting Steyn off the back foot past gully for four. After three overs, they were 19/1.
In the next over, Ankit Sharma knocked back Tilakeratne Dilshan's stumps, which the batsmen to push forward but was beaten. He made 5 off 9 balls.
Kohli came down the track and drove Sharma over extra cover for another four as RCB reached 33/2 at the end of five overs. In the next over, he pulled a short one from Ishant Sharma for another four.
Thisara Perera comes on and concedes just two runs in his frist over and Amit Mishra then comes into the attack. With his first ball, he traps K K Nair (9) leg before wicket and RCB were reduced to 42/3 in 7.1 overs. The bowler concedes only one run in that over.
In the next over, Henriques slams Mishra past gully with a late cut for a four as RCB reached 55/3 at the end of 10 overs. A little later, he came down the track and slammed one from Ishant Sharma straight over the bowler's head for six.
Ashish Reddy was brought into the attack and Kohli smashed him to deep point for four. Two balls later, he had Kohli caught and bowled, rendering a huge blow to the visitors. Kohli's 46 came off 44 balls and included one six and five fours.
Henriques sent a ball from Perera to long-on for four as RCB reached 94/4 at the end of 15 overs. Two overs later, Henriqes despatched Steyn twice to the fence off successive balls. Off the last ball of that over, Steyn got rid of Mayank Agarwal (7) with an off-cutter, caught by Ankit Sharma at mid-wicket. At the end of 17 overs, RCB were 108/5.
Henriques continued to be in a punishing mood as he dragged a slower one from Perera over the gap in the mid-wicket region. In the same over, Perera dismissed Arun Karthik (0), caught by Reddy at mid-off.
In the 19th over, Vinay Kumar took four off Steyn with an edge over the wicket-keeper's head.
Ishant Sharma came back for the last over and promptly dismissed Henriques, caught by Cameron White at mid-wicket off a slower one. Henriques' 44 came off 40 balls and included five fours.
Two balls later, Vinay Kumar (7) also departed, caught by Sangakkara at extra cover. RCB ended up setting a target of 131 for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers skipper Kumar Sangakkara was all praise for Vihari and White.
"All credit to the team, the ways the guys fought. If it's Chris and Virat, you just have to bowl the yorkers, and special thanks to White and Perera the way they handled the super over, but Hanuma Vihari was excellent with the bat," he said.
The Sri Lankan was happy with two consecutive wins at home. "These two games at home were very good for us, we are hoping to get more good games. Today I came in at no. 5 as there were two Murali's in the opposition," he said.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team should have wrapped up the match when Sunrisers needed 27 off 14 balls.
"It was a great comeback by the boys, but 27 off 14 in that situation, we should have pulled off the game there and then, but all credits to the guys. My beard is greying (because of these thrillers). We should have fielded better, should have saved those ones and twos here and there," he said.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle c Patel b Vihari 1
Tillekaratne Dilshan b Sharma 5
Virat Kohli c & b Ashish Reddy 46
Karun Nair lbw Mishra 9
Moises Henriques c White b Sharma 44
Mayank Agarwal c Ankit Sharma b Steyn 7
Arun Karthik c Ashish Reddy b Perera 0
Vinay Kumar c Sangakkara b Sharma 7
Murali Kartik not out 2
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 7) 8
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Gayle, 1.1 overs), 2-22 (Dilshan, 3.4), 3-42 (Nair, 7.1), 4-85 (Kohli, 13.6), 5-108 (Agarwal, 16.6), 6-114 (Arun Karthik, 17.6), 7-125 (Henriques, 19.1), 8-127 (Vinay Kumar, 19.3)
Dale Steyn 4-0-37-1
Hanuma Vihari 1-0-5-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-27-3
Ankit Sharma 2-0-17-0
Thisara Perera 4-0-21-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-15-1
Ashish Reddy 1-0-7-1
Akshath Reddy b Muralitharan 23
Parthiv Patel c Arun Karthik b Henriques 2
Cameron White c Muralitharan b Henriques 5
Hanuma Vihari not out 44
Kumar Sangakkara c Arun Karthik b Unadkat 16
Thisara Perera c Henriques b Unadkat 7
Amit Mishra run out (Vinay Kumar/Arun Karthik) 0
Ashish Reddy not out 14
Dale Steyn not out 3
Extras (b1, lb 9, w 6) 16
Total (7 wickets in 30 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Patel, 1.1 overs), 2-20 (White, 3.3), 3-48 (Reddy, 8.2), 4-81 (Sangakkara, 13.4), 5-98 (Perera, 15.5), 6-101 (Mishra, 16.1)
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-24-2
Moises Henriques 3-0-14-2
Murali Kartik 4-0-27-0
Vinay Kumar 3-0-27-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-18-1
Tillekaratne Dilshan 1-0-10-0