Mohali, Sep 18 (): Sunrisers Openers and skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel hit half centuries to defeat Kandurata Maroons by 8 wickets with nine balls to spare in the second qualifiers of the Champions League T20 at Mohali on Tuesday.
Winning the toss, Sunrisers elected to field first. Kandurata Maroons lost both the openers Upul Taranga and Jayasuriya in fourth and fifth over to reach 33 for 2 in 5 overs.
Kumar Sangakkara (61) and Thirimanne (54) steadied the innings with a partnership of 89 from 65 balls to take the score to 122 in 16th over. After the dismissal of Thirimanne, Sr Lankan Lokuhettige made a quick fire 21 from 10 balls to take the score to 168 for 3 in 20 overs.
Chasing a target of 169 in 20 overs, Dhawan and Patel set the platform with a 121-run partnership for the first wicket. Parthiv Patel made 52 from 42 balls and Skipper Shikhar Dhawan hit 71 for 53 balls with 11 fours.
Thisara Perera’s quick fire of 32 from just 11 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes as Sunrisers won with nine balls to spare.
Kandurata Maroons: 168 for 3 in 20 overs
(Kumar Sangakkara 61*, Lahiru Thirimanne 54; Ishant Sharma 2 for 20)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 174 for 2 in 18.3 overs
(Shikhar Dhawan 71, Parthiv Patel 52, Thisara Perera 32 not out)
Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan 71 (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Earlier in the first match, Brendon McCullum played a captain’s innings to help Otago Volts beat Faisalabad Wolves by eight wickets.
Faisalabad Wolves won the toss and elected to bat first, lost quick wickets of Ammar Mahmood, Ali Waqas and Asif Ali and were reduced to 34/3 in 7.2 overs. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq’s 46 off 34 deliveries powered Wolves to respectable 139 for 8 in 20 overs.
Chasing 140 to win with 7 runs per over, Otago Volts lost opener N Broom in the second ball of the innings. Other opener, Hamish Rutherford struck three sixes and a boundary as he raced to 25 off 12 balls. Brendon McCullum played captains knock of 83 from 65 balls with nine fours and two sixes as the Otago Volts reached the target with 13 balls to spare.
Faisalabad Wolves: 139 for 8 in 20 overs
(Misbah-ul-Haq 46; Ian Butler 2 for 23, James McMillan 2 for 24, James Neesham 2 for 27)
Otago Volts: 142 for 2 in 17.5 overs
(Brendon McCullum 83 not out)
Man of the match: Brendon McCullum (Otago Volts)