Darren Sammy

Darren Sammy scored 26 off 22 deliveries © IANS (File Photo)

By Prakash Govindasreenivasan

Sep 20, 2013

The Sunrisers Hyderabad batting order imploded, much like they did during the Indian Premier League 2013, before JP Duminy (57 not out) and Darren Sammy (26) came together and helped the side post 143 for five against the Otago Volts in the final qualifier match of the Champions League T20 2013 in Mohali. The likes of Neil Wagner (1 for 25), Jimmy Neesham (0 for 26) and Nathan McCullum (2 for 23) delivered for their skipper Brendon McCullum after the latter won the toss and put the opposition in.

Brendon started the proceedings with spin and brought on brother Nathan at the start. The off-spinner almost struck in the very first over when a delivery pitched on middle and leg, went on to hit Shikhar Dhawan’s pads in line. However, the umpire ruled in favour of the batsman.

McCullum was unlucky for the second time in as many overs when another big leg before appeal was turned down in his second over. Replays suggested that it would have crashed onto the stumps. Dhawan went on to add further misery to Nathan by hitting him for a six over deep mid-wicket. He however, was rewarded for smart bowling when he cleaning up Parthiv Patel with a quicker delivery that the latter tried to cut and failed.

After Nathan, it was Neil Wagner’s turn to be undone by an umpiring error.  His delivery hit Biplab Samantray plumb in front of the stumps but the two noises seemed to have confused the umpire. Dhawan, who had been the star for his side in the first two games, couldn’t do it for the third time in a row as he was caught by Ryan ten Doeschate at mid-on in the fifth over. He departed for 12 runs with the team’s total at 25 for two.

Samantray then had South African JP Duminy for company. Just when the duo seemed like they could build a partnership and pull the Sunrisers out of the initial slump, a tremendous catch in the deep by Michael Bracewell brought an end to Samantray’s short stay. The Sunrisers were in a spot of bother at 45 for three in the eighth over. Meanwhile, Brendon McCullum bowled out Nathan who finished with figures of two for 23.

Cameron White came in to bat next and formed a crucial partnership with Duminy.  The Otago bowlers dud well to keep the pressure throughtout and were rewarded with the wicket of White in the 14th over. White was throwing his bat at almost everything and was caught at cover while trying to clear the in-field.

Darren Sammy combined with Duminy to pull their side out of trouble. While Sammy lived dangerously, it was Duminy who played a more fluent role.

Sammy was eyeing a big shot for a long time and managed to finally connected a couple of them off Ten Doeschate in the 17th over. The first one was dispatched over long on for a huge six. Sammy went for another one but miscued his attempt. However, he was lucky to get away with it as two fielders going after the ball failed to hold on to it. Sammy punished the Volts for this slip up by hitting another six, over long-off this time. Duminy too came into the act, and managed to take boundary from the same over that fetched 21 runs.

Neesham bowled a splendid penultimate over and gave away just four runs at a time when Sammy was looking set to steal the game away from the Volts.

McCullum tossed the ball to Nick Beard for the final over and the slow left arm orthodox bowler bowled smartly to give just nine runs away and dismiss Sammy off the final delivery to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 143 for five.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 143 for 5 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 57*, Darren Sammy 26; Nathan McCullum 2 for 23) vs Otago Volts

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