Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan scored an impressive 95 not out and later leggie Amit Mishra took a hat-trick as Hyderabad beat Punjab by 82 runs during an IPL match the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday. Score | PhotosPunjab got off to a rather poor start against Hyderabad and the reason was the daunting 199-run target that proved to be too tough for the hosts.Opener Paul Valthaty fell on the fourth ball of the first over off Dale Steyn on five and the next over saw Aussie Shaun Marsh walk back to a JP Duminy ball on 13 when the team total was 22/2.Post the early setback, captain Adam Gilchrist and Dinesh Karthik got on with a partnership to salvage the Punjab innings. But they were still lagging behind as far as the run rate was concerned as after 10 overs the Punjab total was 77/2 as compared to Hyderabad’s 85/0.Their 61-run partnership came to an end in the 11th over off Daniel Christian. A full length ball outside off was struck towards the extra covers region by opposition skipper Adam Gilchrist, where Cameroon White took an easy catch to dismiss him on 51. And Punjab lost their third wicket on 83.A ball later Karthik too walked back with caught D Ravi Teja, bowled Christian written against his initials on 11. Punjab were down to 84/4 in 11 overs.A few minutes later, Hyderabad’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed Abhiskek Nayar to reduce Punjab to 91/5.Then in the 16th over leg spinner Amit Mishra took a hat-trick and got rid of Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris to reduce Punjab to 102/8.advertisementMishra finished with impressive figures of 4-1-7-4 as Hyderabad won the match by 82 runs.With this loss, Punjab’s hopes of making it to the qualifiers have gone up in smoke.Hyderabad inningsHyderabad Shikhar Dhawan opener carried his bat through scoring an unbeaten 95 as Hyderabad posted an impressive 198/2 against Punjab.Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to field in the 67th IPL match of the season. This is the last league game for both teams as the IPL-4 now heads into the knock-out stage.Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan and D Ravi Teja, opening in place of regular opener and Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara, started the innings of a positive note scoring at a brisk pace. Sangakkara is busy doing national duty for Sri Lanka in England.Teja and Dhawan batted with ease and rotated the strike to frustrate the opposition bowlers. Post the 10th over, Hyderabad score was a good 85/0.Finally, in the 14th over Teja fell after putting on a fine 60 runs on board when the team total was 131. A Paul Valthaty ball took the edge of Teja’s bat and Abhiskek Nayar at deep mid-wicket pouched it to end Teja’s 41-ball innings that was decorated with five fours and two sixes.But, post that wicket new man JP Duminy did not stay at the crease for long and departed on the first ball of the 17th over off Ryan Harris when batting on 12. Hyderabad were 158/2 post his fall.Opener Dhawan remained unbeaten on 95, hitting an impressive 14 fours and one over the fence shot in his 57-ball innings as Hyderabad scored 198/2.