Sunrisers Hyderabad, playing their first game in the IPL, put up a brave fight and successfully defended a small total, they posted on the board, to start off the 2013 season on a winning note. The home team, which posted 126 batting first, defeated Pune Warriors India by 22 runs thanks to Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra, who shared 6 wickets between them.
|Coin used for toss during match 3 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Sunrisers Hyderabad and The Pune Warriors held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on the 5th April 2013|
PWI, needing 127 runs to score their first points in the tournament, started circumspectly. Robin Uthappa (24) struck back to back boundaries before falling to Thisara Perera, giving the home team their first wicket. Perera struck again in his next over, removing Marlon Samuels (5) who edged it straight to Cameron White at first slip.
Mishra then dismissed Yuvraj Singh (2) stumped down the leg side when PWI required 79 runs to win in 10.1 overs. Mishra then had Manish Pandey (15) playing a wild slog to further mount the pressure.
Urgency from Ross Taylor (19) and Abhishek Nayar (19) helped PWI rebuild but Mishra struck again sending back Nayar to bag his third. PWI were given a double blow as Taylor and Mitchell Marsh (7) fell in quick succession. Steyn then wrapped it all up with three wickets in four balls as PWI fell 22 runs short.
Earlier, PWI won the toss and opted to field. The Sunrisers openers were kept quiet by disciplined bowling, giving away just 21 runs in the first four overs before Ashok Dinda castled Parthiv Patel (19) bringing captain Kumar Sangakara (15) to the middle. Sangakkara and Akshath Reddy (27) got on with the task of laying a foundation, but just as Sangakara started to get going, Rahul Sharma pegged his middle stump, providing PWI their second breakthrough.
PWI spinners strangled the Sunrisers’ run flow and the home side struggled to find any sort of momentum. Yuvraj Singh then got rid of Reddy to further sink the home team. Perera (30) tried to add new life into the Sunrisers' innings with two gorgeous drives off Sharma, but wickets continued to fall as Samuels got Cameron White (10) caught on the fence. Perera showed his hard hitting abilities taking 14 of Samuel's 17th over before he too fell to become Dinda's second scalp. Sunrisers eventually finished at 126 for 6 from their 20 overs.
|Thisara Perera receives the sixes award during match 3 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Sunrisers Hyderabad and The Pune Warriors held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on the 5th April 2013|
Man-of-the-Match: Amit Mishra
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 126-6 in 20.0 Overs (Thisara Perera 30, Ashok Dinda 2-29) beat Pune Warriors India 104 in 18.5 Overs (Robin Uthappa 24, Dale Steyn 3-11, Amit Mishra 3-19).
|Amit Mishra is the man of the match during match 3 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Sunrisers Hyderabad and The Pune Warriors held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on the 5th April 2013|
104: Pune Warriors India’s total – their lowest all-out total in the IPL. Their previous lowest was 115 against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali in 2012.
45: The number of matches officiated by Simon Taufel in the IPL – most by any umpire. He went past West Indies’ Billy Doctrove’s tally of 44.
12: Number of batsmen dismissed on duck by Dale Steyn in the IPL. Now only Lasith Malinga (20) has inflicted more ducks than Steyn in IPL (Albie Morkel has also dismissed 12 batsmen on duck).
11: Is the number of teams to participate in the IPL, with Sunrisers Hyderabad being the latest entrant. They also became the fifth team to win their first match in IPL after Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors India.
3: The number of players to represent four different teams in the IPL – all were playing in this match! They are – Parthiv Patel, Thisara Pereira and Ross Taylor.
1: Marlon Samuels became the first spinner to open the bowling in this edition of IPL.
Kumar Sangakkara: "I think we spoke about in the dressing room about competing hard and scrapping through worked out in the middle, I am proud of the boys. We did well in the second half, but we were a few runs short while batting first. We can probably play a lot better than this and we need to keep our feet on the ground. It means a lot for this a new team and thanks to the fans. "
Angelo Mathews: "We started off brilliantly and the bowlers bowled well to keep them to less than 130. We were a bit slow to start the chase, lessons are learnt and we need to move on. We have got 15 more games and I have the confidence in my team."
Amit Mishra is the Man of the Match for his 3 for 19:"I am very happy with the way I bowled, I went for wickets and got success. There was a little bit of turn in the pitch and so I went for the wickets. We were short of some runs and we had no other option but to go for wickets."