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Sun sets on Hyderabad’s maiden CLT20 experience

The Sunrisers’ clash against the Heat had to be abandoned. The result meant Hyderabad ended their campaign on six points with T&T and Titans on 8 points, behind Chennai Super Kings on 12 points.

cricket Updated: Oct 01, 2013 01:35 IST
HT Correspondent

The Sunrisers Hyderabad were the toast of the 2013 Indian Premier League. In their inaugural season, the underdogs surprised most teams en route a semifinal berth. Yet, the team flattered to deceive in the Champions League T20.

When the skies opened up on Monday evening to bring an abrupt end to the game between the Titans and Trinidad & Tobago, the Sunrisers had had their fingers crossed. A victory over Brisbane Heat would have kept them alive in the tournament, considering that Trinidad had emerged victorious on the Duckworth and Lewis method.

The crowd waited patiently, the groundsmen put in a concerted effort to get the ground ready and officials and players took rounds of the outfield.

However, the Sunrisers’ clash against the Heat had to be abandoned. The result meant Hyderabad ended their campaign on six points with T&T and Titans on 8 points, behind Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 12 points. Plus, T&T have a game in hand against CSK.

With skipper Shikhar Dhawan the only Indian batsman among runs, the Sunrisers who would have expected a lot more from their local batsmen.

Among their bowlers, Dale Steyn, returning from injury, was not at his lethal best while Ishant Sharma was inconsistent.

Shikhar, in his maiden stint as captain, will come away a better leader but decisions like persisting with Thisara Perera even while the opposition was belting him were not smart choices.

Brief scores: T&T 188/6 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 70, Darren Bravo 63) beat Titans 153/6 in 17 overs (Henry Davids 42) by six runs (D/L method)