Sunrisers qualify with ease
The Sunrisers Hyderabad qualified - together with the Otago Volts - for the Champions League T20 proper with a seven-wicket win over the Faisalabad Wolves in their qualifying match in Mohali on Wednesday.
Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan put together another solid opening stand of 68 before Dhawan was joined by J-P Duminy to take the Sunrisers to within 16 runs of the win.
Dhawan (59) and Biplap Samantray departed two balls apart, courtesy of the slow left-arm of Imran Khalid, but Duminy (20 not out) and Darren Sammy (14 not out) saw their team home with 15 deliveries remaining.
This victory means that both Wolves and Maroons have been dumped from the tournament and Friday’s remaining two qualifying matches will only serve as warm-up for the two qualifiers and as opportunity to salvage some pride for the teams from Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq propped up the innings of Faisalabad Wolves with an unbeaten 56 as they reached a meagre 127 for five after being inserted.
The Sunrisers' bowling unit gelled well after a below-par outing yesterday, and South Africa's paceman Dale Steyn conceded only 20 runs off his four overs, even though he did not get a wicket.
Amit Mishra stood out, bowling with control and guile, getting the better of most of the batsmen. He snared Ali Waqas in his first over for 16, as the batsmen slogged across the line for Ashish Reddy to complete an easy catch at deep mid-wicket.
FAISALABAD WOLVES: Ali Waqas, Ammar Mahmood, Asif Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Khurram Shehzad, Imran Khalid, Mohammad Salman (wk), Ehsan Adil, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali, Samiullah Khan
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: S Dhawan (capt), PA Patel (wk), JP Duminy, BB Samantray, DJG Sammy, NLTC Perera, A Ashish Reddy, KV Sharma, A Mishra, DW Steyn, I Sharma