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Hyderabad pull off stunning win
Hyderabad clinched a thrilling 13-run victory over Bangalore in Monday's Indian Premier League clash.
Hyderabad's bowlers put up an impressive show to defend their modest total of 151. Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh, Harmeet Singh and Ryan Harris claimed two wickets apiece while Andrew Symonds took one to keep their side in contention for a semi-final berth.

Rahul Dravid (49) and Jacques Kallis (27) kept the run-chase on track in the first 10 overs but wickets fell at regular intervals as Bangalore succumbed to defeat.

Earlier, Dale Steyn justified skipper Anil Kumble's decision of bowling first by snaring two wickets in the first over.

The fast bowler sent Hyderabad captain Adam Gilchrist packing for a duck and then removed Tirumalasetti Suman on the next delivery.

The South African was in no mood to rest as he clean-bowled his national team-mate Herschelle Gibbs (12 off 10 balls) in the third over.

The three quick wickets put the brakes on Hyderabad's scoring as they managed to put just 28 runs on the board in five overs.

Rohit Sharma and Monish Mishra helped their side recover from the early jolts. The duo batted with patience and waited for loose deliveries to put them away for boundaries and sixes.
It's all about numbers!

Sharma hit Kumble for a four in the seventh over and Mishra blasted a towering six in the ninth over.

Mishra added another to his tally by smashing Virat Kohli straight down the wicket in the 10th over. He gave the same treatment to KP Appanna in the next over.

Sharma also joined the party and hit Kallis for three fours in the 11th over.

But Hyderabad once again lost the momentum when Mishra (41 off 30 balls) ran himself out in the 13th over. He went for a double but Sharma was happy with one and both batsmen ended up at the non-striker end.

Symonds joined Sharma in the middle and played a quickfire innings of 19 before falling to Kumble in the 18th over. Sharma (51 off 41 balls) followed his partner to the pavilion in the next over. The batsman tried to hit Vinay Kumar out of the park but found Manish Pandey at wide long-on.

Hyderabad managed to post an average total as Harris (13) and Bodapati Sumanth (six) remained unbeaten.

In reply, Bangalore started the proceedings on a bad note as they lost Pandey on the first ball of the innings when the batsman nicked a Harris outswinger to Gilchrist.

Dravid joined Kallis in the middle and the duo played some attractive strokes to help Bangalore recover.

Dravid smashed a boundary just after the fall to ease the pressure and Kallis blasted another in the next over.

The Indian middle-order batsman hit two more off Symonds' bowling in the fourth over and repeated the show when Harmeet Singh was brought into the attack in the eighth over.

But the batsman missed his half-century by one run when he fell to Symonds in the 11th over.
Top Performer: Harmeet Singh

In-form Robin Uthappa smashed Symonds for a six in his next over to keep Bangalore's run-chase alive. But Kallis fell to Pragyan Ojha in the 14th over when he tried to emulate his partner and found Sumanth at long-off.

Bangalore suffered another loss in the 15th over when RP Singh clean-bowled Ross Taylor.

Kohli and Cameron White went cheaply, making it difficult for Bangalore to make a comeback.

Uthappa blasted Harris for two sixes in the 18th over to bring the run rate down but eventually succumbed to Harmeet Singh in the next over. Singh then dismissed Steyn on the next ball.

Harris removed Kumar in the last over and Appanna ran himself out soon after to give two important points to Hyderabad.
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