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Sunrisers Hyderabad, playing their first game in the IPL, put up a brave fight and successfully defended a small total, they posted on the board, to start off the 2013 season on a winning note. The home team, which posted 126 batting first, defeated Pune Warriors India by 22 runs thanks to Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra, who shared 6 wickets between them.
PWI, needing 127 runs to score their first points in the tournament, started circumspectly. Robin Uthappa (24) struck back to back boundaries before falling to Thisara Perera, giving the home team their first wicket. Perera struck again in his next over, removing Marlon Samuels (5) who edged it straight to Cameron White at first slip.
Mishra then dismissed Yuvraj Singh (2) stumped down the leg side when PWI required 79 runs to win in 10.1 overs. Mishra then had Manish Pandey (15) playing a wild slog to further mount the pressure.
Urgency from Ross Taylor (19) and Abhishek Nayar (19) helped PWI rebuild but Mishra struck again sending back Nayar to bag his third. PWI were given a double blow as Taylor and Mitchell Marsh (7) fell in quick succession. Steyn then wrapped it all up with three wickets in four balls as PWI fell 22 runs short.
Earlier, PWI won the toss and opted to field. The Sunrisers openers were kept quiet by disciplined bowling, giving away just 21 runs in the first four overs before Ashok Dinda castled Parthiv Patel (19) bringing captain Kumar Sangakara (15) to the middle. Sangakkara and Akshath Reddy (27) got on with the task of laying a foundation, but just as Sangakara started to get going, Rahul Sharma pegged his middle stump, providing PWI their second breakthrough.
PWI spinners strangled the Sunrisers’ run flow and the home side struggled to find any sort of momentum. Yuvraj Singh then got rid of Reddy to further sink the home team. Perera (30) tried to add new life into the Sunrisers' innings with two gorgeous drives off Sharma, but wickets continued to fall as Samuels got Cameron White (10) caught on the fence. Perera showed his hard hitting abilities taking 14 of Samuel's 17th over before he too fell to become Dinda's second scalp. Sunrisers eventually finished at 126 for 6 from their 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: Amit Mishra Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 126-6 in 20.0 Overs (Thisara Perera 30, Ashok Dinda 2-29) beat Pune Warriors India 104 in 18.5 Overs (Robin Uthappa 24, Dale Steyn 3-11, Amit Mishra 3-19).
Royal Challengers Bangalore defended 156 in a thrilling fashion to start their season with a 2-run win. The match went down to the last ball, but Vinay Kumar's calm temperament and match awareness denied the visitors, Mumbai Indians a win, with Chris Gayle earlier starring with the bat helping RCB post 156.
Needing 157 for victory, Sachin Tendulkar (23) and Ricky Ponting (28) laid the foundation putting on 52 runs for the first wicket before Tendulkar was run out by a sharp bit of fielding by Jaydev Unadkat. Ponting departed soon after when he was stumped by KB Arun Karthik off the bowling of Murali Kartik.
MI then began to struggle to get the ball away as the RCB bowlers stepped up the pressure. Rohit Sharma (11) went for a wild slog and lost his stump to Vinay Kumar. The game seemed to be slipping away from MI but Dinesh Karthik struck three consecutive sixes off Daniel Christian's 17th over to turn the match on its head and revive MI's hopes.
With 10 runs required in the last over, Vinay Kumar struck twice removing Karthik (who made a well composed 60) and Ambati Raydu (18) brining his team back into the game. Kieron Pollard struck a boundary of the penultimate delivery leaving himself to score four runs off the final delivery, but could manage only one, handing RCB a victory by one of the smallest of margins.
Earlier in the evening MI won the toss and put RCB in on a track that offered plenty of swing and bounce for the fast bowlers. RCB survived a few anxious moments before Mitchell Johnson got one through Dilshan (0) knocking back his off-stump. Debutant Jasprit Bumrah was given a rude welcome as Virat Kohli (23) drilled him for three boundaries through the off-side. But Bumrah came back well picking up the wickets of Kohli and Mayank Agarwal (1) in quick succession, to leave RCB reeling at 31 for 3.
Harbhajan Singh then had Christian caught and Bumrah followed it up with the dismissal of Karan Nair. Chris Gayle, as he has done so often in the past, once again played the savior innings for RCB; after a slow start, he finished with an unbeaten 92 off 58 balls, scoring 11 boundaries and 5 sixes during his stay out there.
Gayle found a suitable companion in Arun Karthik (19*) and they made 76 runs for the sixth wicket to help RCB post a more than respectable 156 for 5 in their 20 overs.
Man of the Match: Chris Gayle
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 156-5 [Chris Gayle 92*, Jasprit Bumrah 3-32] beat Mumbai Indians 154-5 [Dinesh Karthik 60, R Vinay Kumar 3-27] by 2 runs.