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Sammy helps Hyderabad seal crucial win
HYDERABAD—Sacked West Indies Captain Darren Sammy conjured up a late innings salvo to ensure Sunrisers Hyderabad complete a seven wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday. With runs two runs required of three balls Sammy took a double of the fourth to seal the match for Hyderabad and upset Bangalore's plans of making the playoffs. Sammy, who hit a six, was not out on ten as Hyderabad chased down the target to reach 162 for three after Bangalore had posted 160 for six at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle failed again with the bat, caught at short third man for 14 while attempting to hit over the leg side. "We needed a win, last game in front of these beautiful fans,” declared Sammy who was recently replaced as West Indies test captain by Trinidadian wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdeen.
Sammy hit his first ball flat over the straight boundary, bringing the equation down to less than a run a ball. He then sealed the win by chipping a slower ball from Mitchell Starc over cover, giving Sunrisers a foot in the door amidst a scramble for fourth place. Hyderabad appeared to be coasting towards their target of 161 after a strong opening stand produced one hundred runs on the strength of half centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner. However they slipped a bit as the chase was dragged into the last over making way for Sammy’s heroics. Despite the victory, Sunrisers still need other results to go their way, as do Royal Challengers - both have ten points with two remaining games. In the other match, Sunil Narine’s Kolkata Knight Riders powered to an eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings with two overs to spare.
Narine picked up an important wicket at a crucial stage as KKK restricted MS Dhoni’s men to 154 for four before overhauling the target and losing just two wickets in the process. The Trinidadian destroyed a bold effort to consolidate by removing Brendon McCullum who had joined forces with Suresh Raina. McCullum was gone for 28 after a terrific catch by Suryakumar Yadav Narine’s West Indies team mate, opener Dwayne Smith experience rare failure when he was bowled in the second over of the day for five runs, a setback for Super kings.
Smith, caught on the crease playing down the wrong line, had his off stump knocked over by Pat Cummins playing in his first game in IPL. But McCullum (28 off 22 balls) smashed 16 runs off Cummins' next over and teamed up with Raina (25 0ff 32 balls) in a solid second wicket stand that yielded 54 runs. Robin Uthappa made his fourth half-century of the season and teamed up with Gautam Gambhir to put on 64 runs for the opening partnership in seven overs for KKK. The win took Knight Riders level on Rajasthan Royals with 14 points from 12 games, helping them break further away from the crowded middle of the table.
Kolkata Knight Riders 156 for 2 (Uthappa 67, Shakib 46*) beat Chennai Super Kings 154 for 4 (Raina 65, Narine 1-24) by eight wickets
Sunrisers Hyderabad 161 for 3 (Dhawan 50, Warner 59) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 160 for 6 (Kohli 67) by seven wickets