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 Imran Khalid with the score reading 112,Duminy and Sammy ensured that the target was overhauled with 15 balls to spare.
The seven wicket win meant that Sunrisers with two wins from two games advanced to the main stage of the competition along with Otago Volts who had an identical record after beating Kandurata Maroons earlier in the day.
Brief scores: Faisalabad Wolves 127/5 in 20 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 56 not out,A Mahmood 31; K Sharma 1/11,A Mishra 1/13) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 131/3 in 17.3 overs( S Dhawan 59,P Patel 23; I Khalid 2/14)
otago also through
Otago Volts were precariously placed at 62 for 2 and required another 93 runs from the next 10 overs to overhaul the target of 155 set by Kandurata Maroons.
Dangerman Brendon McCullum was already back in the pavilion and Volts needed someone to play an innings similar to the one their skipper had produced the previous day.
Ryan ten Doeschate was batting on seven off nine balls when leg-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi was introduced into the attack. The Sri Lankan spinners,particularly Ajantha Mendis,had managed to keep the Kiwi batsmen quiet in the first half of the innings.
But that was about to change.
Lokuarachchi looked to put the first ball of his second over,which was the 11th of Volts innings,into the blockhole. Doeschate charged down the ground and converted that attempted yorker-length delivery into a full toss and smashed it over long on for a six.
The next two deliveries were treated with similar disdain over wide long on and deep mid-wicket respectively as the Volts scored 20 runs off his over. James Neeshams 32 off 19 balls further accelerated the run rate as Volts scored 95 runs off next 48 deliveries. Doeschate was dismissed in the 18th over by Dilhara Lokuhettige but not before he smashed five sixes and two boundaries in his knock of 64 off 32 balls.
Nesaham hit the winning boundary off the last ball of the 19th over.
Earlier,Maroons opener Upul Tharanga made 76 off 56 balls to help his team score 154. None of the other Maroons batsmen,including Sangakkara,managed to really trouble the Otago bowlers.
While Ian Butler was impressive and returned with 3 for 21 off four overs,it was Doeschate,with his gentle medium-pace,who put the Maroons on the backfoot after grabbing two wickets by using the slower ball.
Brief scores: Kandurata Maroons 154 for 9 in 20 overs (Upul Tharanga 76; Ian Butler 3/21,R Ten Doeschate 2/9); Otago Volts 157 for 4 in 18 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 64,James Neesham 32 not out; L Dilhara 3/20)