The Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a quintessential 30-run victory over Kings XI Punjab at Mohali to stay alive in the race to the top-four in IPL 2013. The visitors retained their fifth spot in the points table, but, are on same points from the same number of games as the fourth place Royal Challengers Bangalore.
It was another field day for the Sunrisers bowlers after the batsmen guided their side to 150 following an initial collapse. Darren Sammy, who triggered Punjab’s downfall, finished with splendid figures of four for 22 while bowling spearhead Dale Steyn gave away just 20 runs for his two wickets.
Steyn gave his side a good start as he dismissed Mandeep Singh off the first over. Mandeep who was looking to play the ball on the leg-side, gave a leading edge and Cameron White took a good diving catch.
Both played a few shots as they looked to build a partnership to set the tone for a steep chase on a wicket that seemed two-paced. Gilchrist showed signs of his vintage self as he scored a couple of glorious boundaries.
White brought on Sammy into the attack in the eighth over who struck twice. He removed Marsh off his first delivery when the Australian tried to clear the ground, only for Thisara Perera to take a good running catch. He followed it up with a good ball to Gilchrist, who tried to cut the ball and ended up playing it on to his stumps. Sammy brought out the pacifier and even added a little ‘Gangnam style’ dance to his celebration as Punjab began to lose grip.
Sammy came back for his second over and dismissed the dangerous David Miller as the home side were reduced to 54 for four at the half-way stage.
Luke Pomersbach was joined by Rajagopal Sathish with the visitors having an upper hand in the game. Sathish took the attack to Amit Mishra and slammed him for two sixes and a four in the 14th over. The two batsmen collected 18 runs from that over to put the game back in the balance. At the end of this over, Punjab needed 62 from the remaining 36 deliveries to hang in there in this year’s IPL.
White immediately brought back Steyn to arrest the run flow and the South African was right on the money. Pomersbach swung the bat a couple of times but could not connect the ball as the over went for just three runs. Perera was brought back into the attack and he almost got rid of Pomersbach, only for Karan Sharma to put down a definite chance to peg back the Punjab side even further.
In an act of desperation, Pomersbach and Sathish push for a couple of runs after playing the ball to the hands of long off fielder in the 17th over. To their misfortune, the throw is at the striker’s end and even a full length dive from Sathish doesn’t help him to get in on time. It was downhill from here on with Piyush Chawla giving his wicket in the next ball to Perera. Chawla failed to read the cutter from Perera and a leading edge goes straight to Shikhar Dhawan at mid-wicket.
Steyn came back to bowl the penultimate over and cleaned up Praveen Kumar with a delivery at 148 kmph. He finished with figures of two for 20 in his four overs with Punjab needing 40 runs from the final over.
Sammy bowled the final over and picked up his fourth wicket as Punjab fell short by 30 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 150 for 7 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 61, Thisara Perera 32; Sandeep Sharma 3 for 21) beat Kings XI Punjab 120 for 9 in 20 overs (Luke Pomersbach 33*, Adam Gilchrist 26; Darren Sammy 4 for 22, Dale Steyn 2 for 20) by 30 runs.