Chasing a daunting target of 161, Sunrisers stumbled but Perera ensured with his unbeaten 57 off 32 deliveries that his side emerge victorious in a tense final-over finish.
Requiring seven runs off the last over against a side that is famous for defending smallest of totals, Sunrisers needed bit of luck and it came their way when Karan Sharma got a thick outside edge on the second ball off Navin Stewart and smashed a six over mid-wicket boundary on the next to seal the game for the IPL side.
The star for the Sunrisers on Monday night was Perera, who first claimed two wickets and scored 57 valuable runs to negate the good work done by Sunil Narine for his side. Narine finished with the impressive figures of 4-1-9-4.
Sunrisers had begun their chase on a cautious note, with Parthiv Patel getting a lifeline on the first ball of the innings as Stewart from the third man spilled a difficult chance off Ravi Rampaul. It was an eventful first over with the drop and a boundary off the second ball, hit by Shikhar Dhawan.
Dhawan continued to hit boundaries on both sides of the wicket while at the other end Parthiv batted cautiously to in a bid to provide Sunrisers a strong start.
Left-handed Parthiv hit a boundary and a six off Rampaul in the third over to shrug off the slow start. Sunrisers’s openers successfully kept the Trinidad and Tobago bowlers at bay while garnering 35 runs in the first four overs.
In the fourth over, Parthiv suffered a heavy blow when he tried to pull a short delivery off Rayad Emrit that was on the line of middle and leg, missed it completely and the ball crashed into the helmet hurting the area just under his left eye.
Looking for the first breakthrough, T&T skipper employed their star spinner Sunil Narine in the fifth over and he got success immediately — getting Parthiv caught by Stewart at short third man off the first ball. Parthiv scored 17 off 15 balls.
Dhawan, who had raced to 23 with the help of four boundaries and a six, failed to read a slower delivery by Stewart in the seventh over of the game and ended up giving an easy return catch to the bowler.
After losing two wickets in quick succession, Sunrisers needed a partnership that could get keep their chase on track. JP Duminy and Hanuma Vihari somewhat succeeded as well — adding 25 runs for the third wicket — but a brilliant throw from Rampaul from the short fine-leg position towards the non-strikers’ end in the 11th over sent Duminy packing. The Southpaw responded late to take a run off Stewart as his partner called, and responding late resulted in his dismissal.
Vihari was soon back in the pavilion — getting stumped in the 14th over of the innings off Narine, who bagged his second wicket in the game. But by now, Perera had set himself at the crease. The all-rounder who started off with a few quick runs and then a six and a boundary off Emrit in the 13th over, continued the assault on the Trinidad bowlers.
Perera kept attacking Emrit, off whom he once again hit one more six and a boundary in the 15th over to keep the required run-rate in check. He put up a crucial 47-run stand for the sixth wicket, before their partnership was broken by Narine in the 18th over of the innings.
While Narine had Sammy caught by Samuel Badree on the second last ball of the over, he pegged back the Sunrisers by removing Ashish Reddy on the next to claim his fourth wicket in the match.
In the end, Sharma’s lusty blows ensured that Hyderabad sealed the game with three balls to spare.
Trinidad and Tobago 160 for 8 in 20 overs (Darren Bravo 66, Evin Lewis 22, Denesh Ramdin 21; Darren Sammy 2 for 21, Ishant Sharma 2 for 36) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 164 for 6 in 19.3 overs (Thisara Perera 57*, Shikhar Dhawan 23; Sunil Narine 4 for 9) by 4 wickets.