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    Clinical Sunrisers Hyderabad qualify for CLT20 main event

    Mohali: Sunrisers Hyderabad entered the main event of the Champions League T20 tournament after beating Faisalabad Wolves by seven wickets at the PCA Stadium on Wednesday.

    Chasing a moderate total of 128, Shikhar Dhawan (59) and Parthiv Patel (23) shared a 68-run stand for the opening stand and although they lost a couple of wickets towards the end, they were well on their way by then.

    With two wins in two matches, both Sunrisers and Otago Volts, who beat Kandurata Maroons by six wickets in an earlier match, qualified for the main event, which will begin on Saturday.

    On the other hand, Wolves and Maroons bowed out of the tournament. The last of the double headers in the qualifying round has thus been rendered inconsequential

    Dhawan, who has been in dream form, repeatedly pierced the off-side cordon starting with a cracking square cut. He also hit a front foot cover drive off pacer Samiullah Khan and a back foot punch off Saeed Ajmal. A flurry of boundaries from Dhawan and ably complemented by Parthiv Patel (23) helped the Sunrisers to kill the competition by the end of Powerplay.

    It looked as if Dhawan started from where he left during his knock of 71 against Maroons on Tuesday. At the end of six overs, Sunrisers were 51 for 0 and the match was all about the two openers matching each other stroke for stroke.

    A lot was expected off Ajmal but he looked out of sync and both the openers didn't have any problem in negotiating his bowling.

    Finally Wolves got a breakthrough when Patel couldn't execute a pull-shot perfectly off pacer Ehsan Adil's bowling. The delivery was short but Parthiv's pull went straight into the hands of Khurram Manzoor at mid-wicket.

    But Dhawan didn't face too many problems as he completed his second successive half-century by stepping out to left-arm spinner Imran Khalid and dispatching him to the deep mid-wicket boundary. As if to celebrate the feat, Dhawan stepped out yet again to hit a six off the very next ball.

    Khalid had the last laugh as a fast low delivery beat Dhawan to rattle the stumps. However the match as a contest was over by then.

    Earlier, a disciplined effort from Sunrisers bowlers saw them restrict the Wolves to a modest 127 for 5 in the stipulated 20 overs after being put in to bat by Dhawan.

    Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq again top-scored for his side with an unbeaten knock of 56 off 40 balls. He hit a four and five sixes in the process.

    India leg-spinner Amit Mishra was easily the best bowler on view with economical figures of 1 for 13 from four overs. He bowled as many as 17 dot balls in his 24 legal deliveries.

    Darren Sammy (1 for 14 in 2 overs), Ishant Sharma (1 for 26 in 4 overs), Karan Sharma (1 for 11 in 2 overs), Thisara Perera (1 for 33 in four overs) all got a wicket apiece.

    (With inputs from PTI)