IPL 6: Sunrisers Win over Punjab by 5 Wickets
Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad team defeated Punjab Kings XI team in IPL 6 league match played in Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad on 19th April, 2013. Sunrisers won the match by 5 wickets. Host team winning the match at Uppal stadium is rear. But Sunrisers won the three matches played on the home ground. The team played seventh matched till now and won 5 matches.
Punjab scored 123 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. Captain Gilchrist was the top scorer for the team with 26 runs in 25 balls. Later chasing the target of 124 runs, Hyderabad reached the target in 18.5 over by losing 5 wickets. Hanuma Vihari was the top scorer for Hyderabad team. He made 46 runs in 39 balls with 5 fours. Vihari was declared the Man of the Match.
Punjab team won the toss and elected to bat first. The innings began slowly. In the first four overs, the team scored only 17 runs and lost Mandeep. Gil Christ managed to hit 3 fours. Karan Sharma claimed the wickets of Valthaty and Gilchrist. David Hussey and Piyush Chawla came for batting and tried to score runs. In the 18th over Punjab team lost 3 wickets. In the 19th over Gurukeerat was bowled.
Sunrisers team which began chasing the low target lost the first wicket in the beginning of the innings. Vihari played a good innings and Parthiv supported him. Vihari and Parthiv added 42 runs to the second wicket. In the end of the innings, Ashish Reddy and Ferrera scored 30 runs in 16 balls to win the match.
For any team to win the match, the team captain has to be in good form and should inspire his team mates. In IPL 6, five teams have foreigners as captains and four teams are led by Indian players. Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni are the successful captains in IPL 6. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardane, Mathews, Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist are the captains that are failing to perform well and are becoming a burden for their teams.
Virat Kohli, the captain of Bangalore Royal challengers is now the top scorer with 321 runs in six innings. He scored three half centuries in IPL 6. He must be appreciated for the filed planning. Virat Kohli is the most successful captain till now in IPL 6.