Same old result between the clashes of these two teams, Gujarat ended up to be on the losing side. Gujarat Lions who had the concerns regarding their bowling today were the spoilers in the batting department as well. Sunrisers Hyderabad on the other hand look formidable as a unit and excelled in batting as well as bowling. Rashid Khan spins trapped and troubled the Gujarat Lions as he was the pick of the bowlers. Gujarat Lions innings was in three different halves. First half was that of Rashid Khan webbing around all the Gujarat Lions batsman with his delivery. There were no answers to Rashid Khan spin in any batsman’s list. During this half Rashid Khan struck thrice to push Gujarat Lions back. Second half consisted the period of building up a partnership between Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik which was worth 66 runs and the reason for atleast a respectable total on the board. Third half consisted the fury of wickets which were lost to score in quick succession. Hyderabad bowlers were pretty tight in line and length and didn’t gave runs at bay. Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rest all bowlers made sure to maintain the pressure which was initially introduced by Rashid Khan.
Defending a low target of 135 Gujrata Lions bowling once again looked ordinary and they were kept at bay from getting the breakthroughs. Ravindra Jadeja will be available for the team and lets see what motivation he brings for the team.
Sunrise start while chasing a target was a bit watchful. Praveen Kumar got an early breakthrough for his team by taking the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. But Henriques and Warner made sure that there are no further collapse like in the previous inning. David warner palyed a superb knock of 76 at just 45 balls and was well supported by Moises Henriques at the other end. Henriques too scored half a ton and crucial in maintaining the rhythm. Both were in so brutal touch that the total score of 135 was chased down in the 16th overs only, 15.3 overs to be exact. The debutants Tejas Broka and Basil Thampi also were expensive and the only bolwer to take the wicket was Praveen Kumar. Warner’s knock made Sunrisers Hyderabad chase the total in just 15.3 overs and the scorecard at end read 140/1.
Gujarat Lions Will now have a serious thing to sort out, their bowling. Losing the matches in the 15th and 16th overs concludes how weak the bowling attack is, Rashid Khan was adjourned man of the match for his scalp of three wickets. The Afghani is having a great season so far and would be nice for his team if he continues to deliver the same.
Gujrata Lions:135/7(20 overs)
Jason Roy 31(21) Dwayne Smith 37(27) Rashid Khan 19/3 Bhubaneswar Kumar 21/2
Sunrisers Hyderabad:140/1(15.3 overs)
David warner* 76(45) Moises Henriques 52(39) Praveen Kumar 16/1
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 9 wickets.