Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel played a mature knock of 61 from 47 deliveries to guide the Sunrisers Hyderabad to a decent total  ©  IANS

By Prakash Govindasreenivasan

Mohali: May 11, 2013

A fighting half-century from Parthiv Patel when the rest of the side was falling like nine-pins, coupled with a blazing cameo from Thisara Perera helped Sunrisers post 150 for seven against the Kings XI Punjab at Mohali.

The visitors were rocked early on as they lost five wickets before the half-way stage. A 42-run stand between Parthiv and Karan Sharma helped Hyderabad come back from the initial setback. Once Sharma fell, Perera walked in and joined forces with Parthiv to help their side put up what seems like a defendable total.

Shikhar Dhawan returned to Mohali for the first time since his epic century on Test debut against Australia but failed to inspire the Sunrisers Hyderabad early on. He started well with a couple of boundaries but gave his wicket to Harmeet Singh in the fifth over. Dhawan came forward to a length delivery and punched it straight back to Harmeet who did well to hold onto the ball.

Youngster Sandeep Sharma had a dream debut as he finished with impressive figures of three for 21. He first removed Hanuma Vihari with an ordinary delivery in the sixth over. It was a length delivery bowled slightly wide but Vihari went after it and ended up giving a regulation catch to David Miller at point.

The wicket brought out skipper Cameron White who started with a beautiful shot to the extra cover boundary. However, White did not last for too long as Sandeep came back to trap him in front of the wicket. The ball was pitched on middle and came slightly in towards White who was looking to shuffle across and guide it down towards fine leg. But the ball struck him on the pads and the umpire thought it would have gone onto hit the stumps. The Sunrisers were further reeling when Sandeep bowled a peach-of-a-delivery to clean up Biplab Samantray off the very next delivery.

Gilchrist brought on Piyush Chawla who struck in his first over. He dismissed big West Indian Darren Sammy with a ball that skid through and Sammy was caught on the crease with the ball hitting his pads in line. At the stage, half the Hyderabad side was back in the dug out with the score at 52 for five in the 9th over with opener Parthiv Patel looking helplessly from the non-striker’s end.

Despite a little rain early on, the Mohali wicket suited the bowlers and Gilchrist did well to win the toss and put the Sunrisers in. His bowlers repaid his faith with disciplined bowling.

Parthiv was joined by Karan Sharma as the duo began the rescue work.  They ticked along cautiously for the next five overs, adding just 27 runs. The visitors got a move on in the 14th over as Harmeet conceded 13 runs from it. Sharma slammed a length delivery for a six over the sight screen and followed it up with a powerful pull shot towards deep backward point boundary.

However, Sharma’s cameo came to an end in the next over when he top-edged a short delivery from Parwinder Awana with Gilchrist completing a simple catch. Sharma scored 22 off 17 deliveries. Thisara Perera, who had finshed off the game in their previous fixuture against the Kings XI Punjab, walked out next. He earned a lift after mistiming a full delivery and skying it. Mandeep Singh called for it but failed to reach it and Perera survived to die another day. He made Punjab pay for the slip up as he slammed a big six over long on in the next over from Awana.

Perera then took apart Praveen Kumar as he hit him for a six and a four off consecutive deliveries and Parthiv brought up his 50 in the 18th over. Parthiv also got into the act as he made room and hit the first ball of Harmeet’s over for a six over covers. He followed it up with shot to the deep fine leg boundary.

Parthiv was run out in the final ball of the penultimate over after playing a resilient knock of 61 from 47 deliveries— his best in the tournament. His innings was laced with five fours and two sixes.

Perera finished with 32 from 18 deliveries as 94 runs from the ten overs helped Sunrisers Hyderabad post 150 for seven in 20 overs.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 150 for 7 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 61, Thisara Perera 32; Sandeep Sharma 3 for 21) vs Kings XI Punjab

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