IPL 6: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Pune Warriors by 22 runs to register 1st win

There was a singular lack of intent as Pune imploded sensationally once the opening stand of 36 between Uthappa and Manish Pandey was terminated.

updated: April 06, 2013 00:57 IST
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Two teams, nervy, uncertain and extremely diffident, produced the kind of error-strewn cricket that generally makes for a close, if low-scoring, contest, until the brilliance of Dale Steyn emphatically settled the issue.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, making their debut in the Indian Premier League, and Pune Warriors India, who finished IPL V in ninth and last place, traded one feeble punch after another at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday (March 5), neither side possessing the determination, it seemed, to finish off the other.

Enter Steyn, with the match still in the balance, 24 needed off 12 with Angelo Mathews, the Pune skipper, still out in the middle. Hyderabad had batted without conviction on their way to 126 for 6, well below par for the course on a slightly sluggish surface, and Pune replied in kind, making heavy weather of the chase.

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