dglobalnews.com Hyderabad qualify for playoffs after comfortable win against Gujarat
Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Hyderabad qualify for playoffs after comfortable win against Gujarat

Hyderabad qualify for playoffs after comfortable win against Gujarat

Even if Hyderabad lose, they can still go through provided Kings XI Punjab (14 points from 13 games) are not able to beat Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday.

Sunrisers thrash Lions to saunter to the play-offs following Siraj and Khan's wicket-taking spells Sunrisers Hyderabad cruised into the IPL playoffs with an easy eightwicket victory over Gujarat Lions riding on a thoroughly professional team performance.

It has hosted one game this season, a high-scoring one between DD and GL.

Henriques' solitary over was expensive, going for 12 runs while Siraj (4-32) was the best of the Sunrisers' bowlers.

Afghani leg-spinner Rashid Khan has an impressive economy rate of under-seven. This was just his third hit in the IPL, after making one and 15no earlier this season, and he admirably kept pace with Warner in a 44-ball 63no laced with nine fours.

The win handed SRH 17 points from 14 games and a secure place in the last four. From 120 for 1, suddenly Lions slumped to 120 for 4 and Sunrisers took full use of the opportunity that they got. He has been in superb form in the tournament and is the only batsman to cross the 500-run mark in IPL-10 with three half-centuries and a hundred.

The defending champions had a must-win game in hand and Warner stitched a 126-run partnership with Vijay Shankar to take Hyderabad through. The umpire wasn't interested, but Snicko replays confirmed it - Warner had enjoyed a life.

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At the start of their innings, Gujarat needed hope and they got it from Praveen Kumar (4-0-22-2). It looked like Dhawan was in the mood to finish off the match early, but he would fall in the next over to a slower ball from Praveen Kumar.

Going into the match, Sunrisers are the favourites as they seemed to have the most balanced side in the tournament with Warner and Bhuvneswar Kumar now grabbing the orange and purple caps respectively.

Suresh Raina: This is the first time in 10 seasons of the IPL that Suresh Raina won't feature in the play-offs.

Siraj posted figures of 4/32 in his four overs while Rashid returned 3/34. Gujarat hasn't been able to find till now an appropriate replacement for the Andrew Tye as of now.

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss 15:55: Yuvraj Singh has not yet recovered from his finger injury.

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (captain), Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik (w/k), Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, James Faulkner, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni.

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