Kanpur: Ahead of their final league fixture, all eyes were on Sunrisers Hyderabad, as to whether they can qualify for the playoffs or not. But they did so in style by registering a comfortable eight-wicket win over rivals Gujarat Lions.
With this win, SRH is sitting comfortably in the 2nd spot of the IPL table for now (17 points). But most importantly they have qualified for the playoffs.
The star performers in this match were Mohammad Siraj with the ball and David Warner (69) and Vijay Shankar (63) with the bat.
Together David Warner and Vijay Shankar forged a partnership of 133 which took their side to a comfortable win.
Warner played a responsible knock after a couple of early jolts.
However, Vijay Shankar was dropped early by Dinesh Karthik and it proved costly for the Lions
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to pull off some quick wickets to restrict the attacking batting line-up of Gujarat Lions below 160.
Sunrisers’ right arm medium fast Mohammed Siraj bowled a superb spell to halt Gujarat’s attack as he scalped four crucial wickets in his four-over spell, giving 32 runs.
Gujarat Lions started off in blistering fashion, with Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan smashing the ball to all parts of the ground. They both took Gujarat to 111 in 11 overs before Smith was dismissed on 54.
To build up some more pressure Mohammad Siraj came to the party, dismissing Ishan Kishan on 61 as he gave a top edge to Naman Ojha. In the same over he grabbed Suresh Raina’s wicket, putting Sunrisers in the driving seat.
The pressure started to build on the Sunrisers as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Siraj struck twice in his second spell by clearing up James Faulkner and Pradeep Sangwan’s stumps, taking his tally to four wickets.
At one stage, after 10 overs Gujarat Lions were looking to score beyond 200 but thanks to a brilliant bowling display by Mohammed Siraj as Gujarat only managed to reach 154 in 19.2 overs.
Sunrisers bowling included six batsmen who bowled in the first innings, holding the record for most this season, the second most in all ten seasons.
Gujarat Lions’ batting collapse recorded to be worst collapse in the IPL, in terms of number of runs scored by wickets lost.
Gujarat Lions - 154 (Kishan 61, Smith 54, Siraj 4-32, Rashid 3-34)
Sunrisers Hyderabad - 158 for 2 (Warner 69*, Shankar 63*, Praveen 2-22)
Result - Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 8 wickets