Perera’s sixes sink Kings XI

2013-04-20 00:00

THREE sixes in four deliveries by Thisara Perera proved decisive as Sunrisers Hyderabad moved to the top of the Indian Premier League table with a five-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad yesterday.

The all-rounder ended unbeaten on 23 off just 11 deliveries, adding to an earlier effort by Hanuma Vihari (46 off 39 balls) as the hosts reached their 124 victory target with seven balls to spare.

Those performances came on the back of some superb bowling earlier by the Hyderabad attack, led by the new Purple Cap holder, Amit Mishra, after he claimed two for 29 to become leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 11 scalps.

Dale Steyn (1-14), Ishant Sharma (2-29) and Karan Sharma (2-19) also played key roles, with Adam Gilchrist (26 off 25) top-scoring for the visitors, who had batted first after winning the toss.

They lost the early wicket of Mandeep Singh (10) after he top-edged Ishant in the third over, and Quinton de Kock did superbly running back towards third man to take a well-judged catch.

Gilchrist found his range in the fifth over when he flayed Perera for three fours in four deliveries, but he then succumbed after pulling Karan down the throat of Ishant at deep midwicket.

Gurkeerat Singh raised the 100 in the 16th over with a straight six off Mishra, but five wickets in 10 deliveries late in the innings, including that of David Hussey (22 off 24), saw Punjab end on 123 for nine. — SuperSport.

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