Mohali: Darren Sammy led a fine bowling display with four wickets as Sunrisers Hyderabad spanked Kings XI Punjab by 30 runs to keep themselves in the hunt for a play-offs berth in the Pepsi IPL on Saturday.


Sammy (4/22) claimed two crucial wickets in his first two deliveries before adding two more later to play a big role in Sunrisers defending 150 for seven they scored revolving around Parthiv Patel's 61 after being put into bat at PCA Stadium.
Dale Steyn chipped in with two wickets for 20 runs while Thisara Perera grabbed on wicket.
Chasing 151 for a win, KXIP were restricted to 120 for nine with Luke Pomersbach top-scoring with a 40-ball 33 not out. The KXIP, who are now virtually out of reckoning for a play-offs berth after today's loss, were to blame themselves as they allowed the Sunrisers to recover from 52 for five at one stage.
In their run chase also, the home side were on course in the first half of their innings but lost the plot in the second half.
After this win, the Sunrisers occupy the fifth spot with 16 points from 13 matches while KXIP remained on sixth place with 10 points from 13 matches.
Fast bowler Dale Steyn gave the Sunrisers breakthrough in the first over itself by removing opener Mandeep Singh for a duck with the batsman failing to connect an out-swinging delivery properly to get a leading edge for Cameron White to take a low diving catch.
The other opener and KXIP captain Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh denied success to the Sunrisers bowlers for a while. Marsh hit Steyn for two fours in the third over before Gilchrist meted out Ishant Sharma the same treatment in the sixth over.
Dangerous David Miller (6) was out in the 10th over to another poor shot, of the bowling of Sammy with White the catcher at cover. The three quick jolts pushed KXIP in the backfoot and the asking rate shot up to over 11 by the 13th over.
Earlier, opener Parthiv struck a patient half century as he anchored Sunrisers to a challenging 150 for seven after being put in to bat.
Thisara Perera pushed Sunrisers to 150 with a quickfire 32 not out from just 19 balls as they added 94 runs in the second half of their innings after being reduced to 56 for five after 10 overs.

The Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Cameron White (capt), Parthiv Patel (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Biplab Samantray, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma.

Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (capt & wk), Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, Luke Pomersbach, David Miller, Rajagopal Sathish, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Harmeet Singh, Parvinder Awana, Sandeep Sharma.


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