IPL: Mohammad Siraj, Rashid Khan star as Sunrisers Hyderabad secure playoff berth

Evrard Martin
Mai 14, 2017

Warner wasn't fluent to begin with, but persevered and anchored the chase; the left-hander had a run-a-ball 16 at the end of the powerplay, and brought up his half-century in the thirteenth over, consuming 41 balls to get to the milestone.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are a win away from qualification - the first goal the defending champions would have set for themselves ahead of the campaign - and they will be up against Gujarat Lion, a team that has already been ruled out. Barring the two none other batsman could show some resistance before the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers Siraj and Khan. However, dismissing Dwayne Smith, Finch and Raina also play the very important role at the SRH and their effort can make the Saturday game to win. Having done the damage with the ball, David Warner and Vijay Shankar calmly took their side to victory.

Warner himself was at the forefront of the chase, scoring an unbeaten 69.

Fittingly, Warner disdainfully smashed him over his head to finish off the match.

It was Dwayne Smith (54) and Ishan Kishan (61) got their innings off to a flyer before Rashid Khan (3/34) and Mohammed Siraj (4/32) ripped the Lions apart.

The opening pair added 111 runs in 11 overs and laid a ideal platform for the rest of the batsmen to deliver. The home lost all the 10 wickets for 43 runs.

Initially, it was Kishan, who was carting the bowlers all over the park, hitting five fours and four sixes in all.

The left-right duo started cautiously, dealing mostly in singles and hitting the occasional boundaries to take the visitors to 82/2 midway into the innings.

Anything short on his pads was pulled imperiously. He was caught by keeper Naman Ojha also off Siraj while playing a cross-batted shot.

Big guns Suresh Raina (2), Dinesh Karthik (0) and Aaron Finch (2) all followed in quick succession, as Gujarat slumped from 111-1 to 123-5 in the space of just seven balls. A frustrated-looking Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 20, which came off 14 balls with the help of two boundaries.

For Gujarat, Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel replace Basil Thampi and Dhawal Kulkarni.

The current points table suggests that neither a win nor a loss will affect Gujarat's position in the league. Kumar leads the bowling charts with 23 wickets in 12 games and has been quite effective in the death overs with his ability to bowl consistent yorkers and fox the batsmen with his clever change of pace.

Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Moises Henriques (4) departed early, but Warner and Shankar reached the target without creating much trouble for Sunrisers.

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