Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad shine

Sep 19 2013, 11:38 IST
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Shikhar Dhawan played 51 balls, hitting a six and six four in his knock of 59 (IE Photo) Shikhar Dhawan played 51 balls, hitting a six and six four in his knock of 59 (IE Photo)
SummaryCaptain's second fifty in a row ensures team advances to main draw; Wolves out of contention.

Ali Waqas' eagerness to hit the ball out of sight was on display as leg-spinner Amit Mishra flighted his first delivery of the match. Waqas and his Faisalabad Wolves opening partner had quelled the challenge posed by the Hyderabad Sunrisers pace attack comprising Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Thisara Perera to take the team to a solid 48 for no loss at the end of the seventh over. Also Read: Mishra, Karan Sharma bowled beautifully, says Dhawan

The opening partnership had laid the platform for a huge total and Mishra's first ball, tossed up nicely was an invitation for Waqas to try and clear the infield. However, he could only drive back to the bowler.

The next ball was a flighted one outside off but Waqas, who had already made his mind to go for the maximum, hit it to the deep mid wicket where Ashish Reddy took an easy catch. The wicket maiden was a sign of things to come.

In the next over Karan Sharma, the other leg-spinner trapped Asif Ali, the No.3 batsman, in front of his stumps. Suddenly, the Wolves were on the back foot. Mishra was responsible for putting more pressure on them by bowling three more tidy overs to finish with figures of 1 for 13 in his four overs. A six from Wolves skipper Misbah ul Haq was the only spoiler in the otherwise smart spell from Mishra. Misbah hit five sixes in all and remained unbeaten on 56 off 40 balls but he was fighting a lone battle as the Wolves could score only 127 for five in the alloted 20 overs. Also Read: At venue of Test debut, Dhawan shines in T20

Misbah's counterpart Shikhar Dhawan hit just one six in his 50-ball 59 but there was no need for anything too flamboyant as Hyderabad Sunrisers had got off to a good start. Dhawan and Parthiv Patel added 68 for the first wicket and denied Wolves’ main weapon Saeed Ajmal a breakthrough. Dhawan then added 44 with JP Duminy,a period of play when the wicket showed its two-paced nature.

Darren Sammy played a blazing knock at the end, hitting three boundaries in a row off the first three balls of the 18th over to help the team win the match with 15 balls to spare. Though Dhawan and Biplab Samantray fell to

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