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Warriors crushed

While Mishra broke the back-bone of Warriors’ batting by scalping three wickets, Steyn dealt the death blow in the 19th over, picking up three wickets in the space of five deliveries. Apart from Robin Uthappa (24), none of the other batsmen could offer any form of resistance on a pitch which had little for the batters.

Earlier, put into bat, Hyderabad made a steady start but later lost wickets at a regular interval They failed to stitch any substantial partnership, the highest being the opening stand of 34 from 32 balls between Parthiv Patel (19) and Akshath Reddy (27). Sri Lankan Thisara Perera top-scored with a 18-ball 30 which he made with the help of three fours and a six while Akshath Reddy was the other notable contributor.

Warriors’ bowlers put up a disciplined effort to deny the home side easy runs. Pacer Ashok Dinda was the pick of bowlers with two wickets for 29 runs. Four other bowlers, Rahul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marlon Samuels and Yuvraj Singh, took a wicket each. Sunrisers made a steady start with Parthiv and Akshath Reddy raising 34 runs for the opening wicket before the former was dismissed by Dinda, clean-bowled for 19 in the sixth over. Pune, who opened bowling with off-spinner Marlon Samuels, then tightened the grip by removing Sunrisers captain Kumar Sangakkara (15) in the 10th over with leg-spinner Rahul Sharma taking the wicket with a gem of a ball. Sangakkara was beaten in the flight and as he charged out for a big hit, the tossed-up delivery went past his bat before hitting the middle stump.

BRIEFSCORES Hyderabad: 126/6 (T Perera 30, Ashik Dinda 2/29); Pune Warriors 104 all out in 18.5 overs (Steyn 3/11, Mishra 3/19).
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