Sunrisers Hyderabad comprehensively defeated Kandurata Maroons by eight wickets with nine balls to spare in the second qualifiers of the Champions League T20 at Mohali on Tuesday. Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 71 off 53 balls (11 boundaries) to script a fine run-chase.
The highlight of the Sunrisers innings was the opening stand of 122 in 14.5 overs between Dhawan and Parthiv Patel. The Kandurata bowlers were totally clueless against the carnage of the two southpaws. The first set of powerplay overs yielded whopping 58 runs and the batsmen hardly seemed to have batted an eyelid.
Parthiv took the Kandurata attack to the cleaners in the initial part of the innings. He showed positive intent cutting Lahiru Jayaratne for a boundary. He followed that up by hitting Jayaratne straight over his head for another boundary.
Nuwan Kulasekara erred in his line bowling a tad short. Parthiv executed a flick that went past short fine-leg for a boundary and then punched the Sri Lankan bowler through extra-cover for another four.
Dhawan then took over thumping Dilhara Lokuhettige over mid-wicket twice for as many boundaries. Kandutara skipper Lahiru Thirimanne brought his trump card Ajantha Mendis in the final over of the powerplay. Dhawan welcomed the star spinner with three boundaries on the trot — the first one was behind square, the second was a sweet extra-cover drive and the third four was swept with utter disdain. All the Kandurata plans were disturbed by the duo’s assault.
The opening pair showed great amount of intent in taking singles and occasionally punishing the loose balls thus never letting Kandurata get back in the game.
When Parthiv was dismissed for 52 off 42 balls mistiming a big shot, Sunrisers had scored 121 runs inside 15 overs. Dhawan was in total command. He was toying with the bowling much like how he demolished the Australian attack on his debut six months earlier.
When Dhawan was finally dismissed in Mendis’s final over the stage was set for them to snatch an incredible heist. Needing 33 off 23, Thisara Perara smashed his first ball over mid-wicket for a six. Perera smashed 32 off 11 deliveries as Sunrisers won with nine balls to spare. He finished the game with a straight six off a low full-toss against Kulasekara.
JP Duminy provided good support to Perera, remaining unbeaten on six off six deliveries.
Earlier half-centuries from Kumar Sangakkara (61) and Thirimanne (54) helped Kandurata score 168 in their 20 overs. But that was not enough in the end. Dhawan’s magic did the trick yet again for Sunrisers.
Kandurata Maroons 168 for 3 in 20 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 61*, Lahiru Thirimanne 54; Ishant Sharma 2 for 20) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 174 for 2 in 18.3 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 71, Parthiv Patel 52) by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan
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