SRH breeze into the Play-offs as they defeat GL

siraj-story_647_042017031829A sheer brilliance from Mohammed Siraj won the game for Sunrisers Hyderabad and SRH have confirmed their place in the next round. After having won the toss, with the dew factor in mind, David Warner elected to field. His decision seemed to be misfiring, until the hero of the game Siraj bowled the match turning over. Ishan Kishan and Dwayne Smith were at their best as they kept assailing the SRH bowling without any signs of clemency. Both the openers scored 50 and their team at some point did not seem to settle for nothing less than 200. But, the deterioration began in the 11th over. Dwayne Smith, who had scored 54 from 33 balls, was dismissed by Mohammed Nabi as a misjudged delivery found his pads and was given LBW. Mohammed Siraj, out of the blue, picked up the vital wickets of the well set Ishan Kishan and Suresh Raina in the next over, foiling the run flow. The subsequent over was completely cataclysmic for GL, as they suffered another double blow, losing the wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Aaron Finch. After being not able to recover from this catastrophe, the Gujarat franchise were only able to score 154 in 19.2 overs, losing all the wickets, leaving only Jadeja the not out batsmen. Gujarat who looked indomitable with a score of 111-0 at the mid-way, were reduced to 154-10, courtesy of a brilliant SRH’s comeback bowling.

Needing only 155, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan opened the batting with a clear intent of winning. Dhawan fell early, after a hat-trick fours, to a Praveen Kumar delivery caught by James Faulkner. His replacement Moises Henriques, who started off with a boundary was dismissed the very same over. With 25-2, Gujarat Lions could have capitalized on the succesive fall of wickets, but failed. Vijay Shankar, who came in as the fourth wicket played sensibly alongside his skipper to win the game. Knowing cleary that the team is void of Yuvraj and Williamson , the duo did not risk the wicket trying to clear the fence but instead, picked up a boundary or two in almost every overs, to ease the pressure off themselves. A four from Warner in the first ball of the 19th over, took them into the play-offs. Vijay Shankar, for whom it was the only the second chance to bat in IPL, proved his mettle with a laudable performance, adding 63 runs from just 44 balls. Both of these batmen had scored 9 boundaries each.

With this win, SRH scramble over the table and ensconce themselves in the second position. Gujarat Lions end their season on a low note, and will settle 7th in the table, only above RCB. Man of the match was none other than Mohammed Siraj, whose over changed the course of the game, making the victory possible.

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