Smith fails, Bravo gets two wickets as Lions lose
HYDERABAD, India (CMC):
Dwayne Smith failed with the bat and Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets as their franchise Gujarat Lions lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday.
Smith struggled to settle down before he was dismissed for one, while Bravo scored 18 from 20 balls as Hyderabad's seamers restricted Lions to 126 for six from 20 overs at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Aaron Flinch top scored with 51 not out as the Lions' batsmen were bogged down by the skill of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur.
Smith failed to connect with the first four balls of the match.
Three were outswingers which narrowly missed his outside edge while one inswinger struck him on the front pad before he was caught after facing nine balls.
His opening partner Brendon McCullum had an uncomfortable stay at the crease until he departed in the eighth over for seven.
Lions lost wickets regularly and slumped to 34 for four until a recovery was mounted by Trinidadian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Aaron Finch who scrambled to put on 45 for the fifth wicket.
"We have to give credit where credit is due I think the way Bhuvneshwar bowled his first over. We all know when conditions are in his favour it's very difficult to play him. He is one of the best swing bowlers in the world and you have to give credit," said Bravo during the post match news conference.
"It was very difficult to score and to contain Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, two of the most dangerous players; you have to be doing something good. The conditions were very challenging for batting and we just as international players we did not adopt quickly enough."
Shikhar Dhawan gave the chase early momentum and batted through out to be unbeaten on 47 as Sunrisers surpassed the target with six balls remaining.
However, Bravo was instrumental in pushing them to the 19th over with figures of two for 14 off three overs while Dhawal Kulkarni also grabbed two wickets.