IPL: Sunrisers Hyderabad eased past Gujarat Lions to secure a play-off place

With 15 points from seven wins and five losses in 13 games, Sunrisers now hold the fourth spot at the IPL points table, while the Lions are already out of the game nearly with only eight points from 13 matches the team is having.

The result turns Sunday's clash between Rising Pune Supergiant and the Kings XI Punjab into a knockout match.

Lion's skipper Suresh Raina has had to deal with a lot of disappointment this season but feels the team learned a lot saying after the match: "We don't have those good experienced bowled, credit to other teams who executed their plans really well". Some fantastic bowling units around in the country. After a brilliant show in their debut season in 2016, this wasn't the best effort from the Gujarat outfit.

A clinical performance by Sunrisers Hyderabad and a comical collapse by Gujarat Lions saw the defending champions seal their spot in the last four. In his absence, now the hard responsibility has been transferred Basil Thampi.

For much of the first innings, the Sunrisers looked likely to be facing a chase in excess of 200 as Gujarat openers Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan set off at a ferocious pace. GL have a strong middle order and this can create some problems for the Sunrisers.

Shankar was dropped on seven by Dinesh Karthik.

That he bowls a bit of off-spin is an added advantage. Basil Thampi, Dhawal Kulkarni, James Faulkner will be seen with their fast bowling style while Ravinder Jadeja is expected to play the crucial role with his awe-inspiring spinning which can display at the death overs. They sure could have used Andrew Tye here.

There is also an injury cloud hovering over Yuvraj, who is a major doubt for this game.

Led by Suresh Raina, team Gujarat Lions has played 13 matches.

Rashid Khan has done a splendid job this season for SRH this season, and has repaid the faith showed in him by the team management.

Earlier, Warner won the toss and made a decision to bowl first. Green Park pitch is the very supporting pitch for the team now. Warner reached his fifty off 41 deliveries while Shankar brought his own in 34 balls.

Warner was lucky to survive a close caught-behind appeal after the umpire missed a snick off the front of the bat.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha (w). It was the start of a baffling collapse with some atrocious shot selection from the likes of Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik.

  • Stacy Allen