Hyderabad scored a 7-wicket win over Faisalabad to make the main draw of the Champions League T20. Catch all the highlights from the game at Mohali, as they happened: (Match Scorecard | Text Commentary | Match pics gallery)
Kandurata Maroons and Faisalabad Wolves will play a dead rubber on Friday September 20. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Otago will clash in the final qualifying match on the same day, the result of which will determine which group they qualify for in the main tournament.
Quotes from the captains:
Shikhar Dhawan after win: Both us captains are in good form, that's the reason we are consistent. Steyn is bowling with a good rhythm and our spinners Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma bowled beautifully. Our batsmsen are also doing well. I knew I had to use Mishra better this time and it worked for us.
Misbah ul-Haq after loss: It is good that I am scoring runs but it is not enough for the team. This tournament gives our guys good exposure. They are learning to cope up with the pressure. It is time for the guys to lift their game and play well in the last match.
Amit Mishra, for his 1 for 13 in 4 overs, has been named man-of-the match.
22:54 (IST) Darren Sammy ends with a flourish, hammers three consecutive fours off Asad Ali to secure a 7-wicket win with 15 balls to spare. Faisalabad Wolves have been knocked out of the tournament. Otago Volts are through to the main draw.
22:45 (IST) WICKET! Odisha batsman Biplab Samantray is out for a duck, caught by wicket-keeper Mohd Salman off Imran Khalid. Hyderabad 112/3 need 16 from 30 balls. JP Duminy joined by Darren Sammy.
22:42 (IST) WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan is out, played onto stumps off the bowling of left-arm spinner Imran Khalid. Dhawan completed his 21st fifty in T20 cricket and his 2nd in CLT20. His 50-ball 59 contyained 6 fours and a six.
22:38 (IST) Hundred is up for Sunrisers via a late cut by Dhawan for 2 towards deep backward point. Hyderabad 102/1 (14 overs), need 26 more to win and seal a berth in the CLT20 main draw.
22:30 (IST) Off-spinner Khurram Shehzad comes into the attack, but starts off poorly, bowling down the leg side for 5 wides. Extras have crept up to 15 now. Hyderabad 87/1 (12 overs) need 41 more to win from 8 overs.
22:18 (IST) WICKET! Parthiv Patel pulls hard but straight to Khurram Shehzad off medium pacer Ehsan Adil. Parthiv made 23 from 21 balls. New man in is JP Duminy.
22:14 (IST) Both Dhawan and Parthiv are now milking the bowling. With the required run rate way less than 6 an over, they are not taking any risks against Saeed Ajmal, who is not getting lot of purchase from the Mohali deck.
22:06 (IST) Spin for the first time as Saeed Ajmal is employed. Shikhar Dhawan plays a copybook push-drive past covers for four and Parthiv slog sweeps Ajmal over mid-wicket for four. Hyderabad 51/0 (6 overs), need 77 more to win.
22:00 (IST) Samiullah not having the best of times out there. After being hit for two back-to-back fours by Dhawan in the 5th over, Parthiv plays an uppish drive him, way clear off mid wicket for four. Hyderabad 41/0 (5 overs) need 87 more to win.
21:52 (IST) Dhawan once again shows his class, comes down the track to Samiullah Khan and picks the slower one, only to deposit it through extra cover for four, all along the ground.
21:46 (IST) First four for Parthiv Patel, who cuts Asad Ali ferociously past backward point. Hyderabad 12/0 (2 overs).
21:43 (IST) Dhawan cracks Samiullah for four on the final ball of the first over. Hyderabad 5/0 (1 over), need 123 more to win.
21:39 (IST) Left-arm seamer Samiullah Khan to open the attack for Faisalabad Wolves. Parthiv Patel takes strike for Hyderabad.
21:33 (IST) Despite Misbah's inspired knock, Faisalabad were restricted to 127, a below par score at the PCA stadium in Mohali. Amit Mishra was the pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad with figures 4-1-13-1. Opener Ammar Mahmood was the second-best scorer for Faisalabad with 31. Mishra was well supported by Ishant Sharma, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma and Thisara Perera, all of whom struck once. Dale Steyn was economical giving away 20 from his 4 overs.
21:27 (IST) Faisalabad Wolves end at 127 for 5, thanks to skipper Misbah ul-Haq's 40-ball unbeaten 56. Sunrisers Hyderabad need 128 to win at 6.40 runs per over.
21:23 (IST) SIX! Well done Misbah! He reaches his 8th T20 fifty with a six over Thisara Perera in the final over. Perera's yorker was full enough for Misbah to swing it past backward square leg for 6.
21:16 (IST) SIX! Misbah drills Perera over long-on for a six, his fourth of the innings. Darren Sammy gets a hand to it just inside the fence and palms it over.
21:14 (IST) WICKET After two quiet overs, Faisalabad Wolves lose fifth wicket. Right-hander Khurram Shehzad (4) is cleaned up by Thisara Perera, deceived by a slower one. Wolves 101/5 (17.2 overs)
21:02 (IST) WICKET! Left-hander Imran Khalid holes out to Thisara Perera at long on off Ishant Sharma. He made just 2. New man in is Khurram Shehzad. Wolves 92/4 (15.1 overs)
20:56 (IST) SIX! Misbah hits Amit Mishra over long-on fir his second six. Misbah moves onto 21 from 19 balls as Mishra ends his spell (4-1-13-1). Wolves 82/3 (14 overs)
20:51 (IST) WICKET! Darren Sammy strikes as Ammar Mahmood is caught by Amit Mishra. He made 31 from 38 balls. Wolves 69/3 (12.4 overs)
20:45 (IST) SIX! Faisalabad skipper Misbah ul-Haq ups the ante and hit Karan Sharma over wide long-on for a huge maximum. First six of the Wolves' innings.
20:38 (IST) WICKET! Leg spinner Karan Sharma traps new-man Asif Ali lbw for a duck. Wolves 51/2 after 9 overs.
20:35 (IST) WICKET! Spin for the first time and Amit Mishra strikes on his second ball. Left-hander Ali Waqas fails to keep it down and is caught by Ashish Reddy at deep mid-wicket fence. Wolves 48/1 (7.2 overs).
20:30 (IST) A much better second over by Perera, just 4 runs from it. Faisalabad 48/0 (7 overs).
20:23 (IST) A torrid welcome for Thisara Perera at the bowling crease. Two fours hit by Ammar Mahmood on his first two balls. Wolves 34/0 (5 overs)
20:17 (IST) Ali Waqas cuts Ishant Sharma for four past backward point as Ishant's second over goes for 10 runs.
20:12 (IST) Ammar Mahmood flicks Dale Steyn over mid-wicket for four to bring his first boundary. Wolves 15/0 (3 overs)
20:03 (IST) A four hit by left-hander Ali Waqas is Faisalabad's first boundary of the day. Wolves 5/0 after 1st over.
20:00 (IST) All in readiness now, right-hander Ammar Mahmood to face Dale Steyn.
19:47 (IST) The battle to reach the main draw is not between three teams and Kandurata Maroons have been knocked by Otago Volts. Ryan ten Doeschate took 2 wickets and scored a match-winning 64 to take Otago to a crushing 8-wicket win over the Lankans. (Read match report)
Otago's second win in the qualifiers means that they have all but certainly booked a place in the main draw. A win over Faisalabad tonight will help Sunrisers Hyderabad to book the second spot in the main draw that starts on September 21.
19:43 (IST) Wasim Akram says: "I can close my eyes and say that Sunrisers Hyderabad are favourites for this game. Faisalabad Wolves will need 170-plus to put some kind of pressure on the Hyderabad side. I feel Faisalabad skipper Misbah only knows how to play in the pressure and he delivers. If a Pakistani side would be 100 for 1 and he comes in to bat, Misbah would be at a loss on how to play."
19:40 (IST) JP Duminy before the match: "Faisalabad Wolves are a danger team in this tournament, simply because we don't know what to expect from them".
19:35 (IST) Playing XIs:
Faisalabad Wolves: Ali Waqas, Ammar Mahmood, Asif Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Khurram Shehzad, Imran Khalid, Mohammad SalmanÂ, Ehsan Adil, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali, Samiullah Khan
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan*, Parthiv PatelÂ, JP Duminy, Biplab Samantray, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Ashish Reddy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
19:32 (IST) Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan wins toss and opts to field against Faisalabad Wolves.
High after registering a comprehensive 8-wicket win over the Kandurata Maroons in their opening encounter, the Sunrisers from Hyderabad are hoping to seal the main draw berth in the Champions League Twenty20. They face the Faisalabad Wolves in qualifier number four of the tournament at PCA Stadium Mohali.
Wednesday evening will also add the 'India vs Pakistan' flavour for the first time in the history of professional T20s. Even though Sialkot Stallions played the CLT20 last year, they were unable to face any Indian side in the qualifying stage which they ended up exiting.
The Wolves flattered to deceive in the first game against the New Zealand T20 champions Otago Volts on Tuesday after falling to an eight-wicket defeat. (Read more)
Squads: Â Â Â
Faisalabad Wolves: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ali Waqas, Ammar Mahmood, Asad Ali, Asif Ali, Ehsan Adil, Farrukh Shehzad, Hasan Mahmood, Imran Khalid, Jahandad Khan, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Salman (wicketkeeper), Saeed Ajmal, Samiullah Khan, Waqas Maqsood.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Parthiv Patel, Ashish Reddy, Hanuma Vihari, Darren Sammy, Cameron White, Karan Sharma, Thisara Perera, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, JP Duminy, Anand Rajan, Biplab Samantray.
Dhawan's batting rubbing off on captaincy: Parthiv Patel
At the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday (September 17) night, with his team chasing an imposing 169 for victory against Kandurata Maroons in their first qualifying match in the Champions League Twenty20, Patel made an excellent half-century, linking up with Shikhar Dhawan, his captain, in a wonderful association of 121 that all but settled the issue.
It was the highest first-wicket association between Patel and Dhawan, besting the 89 they made against Kolkata Knight Riders in their final league game in IPL VI, a match Hyderabad had to win to make it to the playoffs. "Shikhar and I have played a lot of cricket together, since we went to Bangladesh together for the Under-17 Asia Cup," Patel was to say later. "From then on, we have been playing together, and we play for the same company too. When the two of us are batting, it basically depends on the day. Sometimes he gets going, and sometimes I get going. When he gets going, I look for singles and when I am going well, Shikhar tries to get singles and give me the strike." (Read more)