The Sunrisers Hyderabad took a giant step towards qualification for the Champions League T20 Group Stages with a crushing 8 wicket victory over the Sri Lankan T20 Champions, Kandurata Maroons at Mohali today. In a game which featured 4 half-centurions, Kumar Sangakkara's 61 and Lahiru Thirimanne's 54, both scored at solid strike rates in excess of 130 went in vain as Shikhar Dhawan (71) and Parthiv Patel (52) put their team well on the course to victory with a 121 run stand for the opening wicket, chasing down the Maroons' target of 169 to win with 9 balls to spare.
The Sunrisers weren't at their best with the ball, and certainly could have fielded better, but did start well, keeping down the flow of runs in the early overs as the Maroons stuttered to 33-2 at the end of 5 overs. Sangakkara and Thirimanne were required to do a rebuilding job initially before cutting lose towards the second half of their innings to post 168-3. Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers for the Sunrisers taking 2-20 from his 4 overs, while Darren Sammy picked up the only other wicket to fall.