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Sunrisers Hyderabad stun Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs to move into 4th place

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A terrific bowling effort of 5-16 from Australian seamer James Faulkner went in vain as the Sunrisers Hyderabad, led by a crucial half century by Biplab Samantray crawled to 136-9 in their 20 overs, a total that proved to be enough as their bowlers came to the party in style with Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra the standout performers in particular to lead their side to a 23 run win. The result meant that the Sunrisers moved above the Royal Challengers Bangalore into fourth place in the IPL Standings and can seal that spot on Sunday by beating the Kolkata Knight Riders at home, irrespective of what happens in RCB's match with Chennai tomorrow.

Under the cloud of a spot-fixing scandal, the Rajasthan Royals reached the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad facing the ultimate form of adversity in their final game before the play-offs. Their opponents, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have been the strongest contenders for fourth place and were in a need of at least one, ideally two victories in their remaining games.

 

The Sunrisers won the toss and their captain Cameron White decided to bat first to give themselves a chance to pose a challenging total. The Sunrisers Hyderabad stuck with the same team they used in their previous match, while Rajasthan Royals made a couple of changes, bringing back Siddarth Trivedi and Sachin Baby for the Ankeet Chavan, who was arrested in Mumbai for spot-fixing, and Dishant Yagnik.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a shaky start after James Faulkner struck twice in his first over of the match. Openers Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan, both found themselves back in the pavilion after two overs with the score at 4/2. Shane Watson then took out his Australian team-mate Cameron White in the next over for a first-ball duck, leaving the Sunrisers in complete disarray.

Biblab Samantray then joined Hanuma Vihari and the two put on 43 runs for the fourth wicket before Vihari was out for a 28-ball 19, leaving the Sunrisers at 48/4 in the 11th over.

Following the fall of Vihari's wicket, Samantray cut loose and played some attacking strokes all over the park. Along with Darren Sammy, the two put on a quick-fire 56 run stand taking the Sunrisers past the 100 run mark in the 16th over before Sammy holed out to Faulkner just after the second time-out. Sammy made 23 off 19 deliveries.

Faulkner struck again to remove Samantray in his next over but not before the Sunrisers batsman had scored 55 and taken his side to a competitive 130. The Sunrisers eventually finished on 136/9 with a few lusty blows from Thisara Perera who finished unbeaten on 17. James Faulkner picked up five wickets for the Royals, including one of the last delivery of his spell, ending up with figures of 5/16.

Rajasthan in response made a competitive start, seeing off the first couple of overs from Dale Steyn for just 4 runs, while accumulating runs from the other end. Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane added 39 runs for the opening wicket before the former was run out for 25, failing to heed the old adage of 'never run on a misfield'.

Sadly for Rajasthan, Dravid's dismissal opened the floodgates for the Sunrisers, who quickly reduced their visitors to 65-5 with most of the batsmen throwing their wickets away. Ajinkya Rahane (12), Sanju Samson (5) and Shane Watson (11) were all caught in the deep, while Stuart Binny was knocked over for 8 by Thisara Perera. To make matters worse, Dravid was the only batsman who scored at better than a run a ball, leaving the Royals with 72 to win from 36 balls.

The Royals tail were never going to get the runs that the top order failed to provide, but Kevon Cooper did provide some late entertainment, scoring a handy 26 to remind the Royals' thing tank that he should really be batting a lot higher up the order.

Hyderabad cruised to victory by 23 runs, thus giving their hopes of making the play-offs a massive boost. The result puts the Sunrisers in the driver's seat with 18 points with a game to go, leaving their destiny in their own hands.

The result also sadly ends Kings XI Punjab's hopes in the tournament, leaving their game against the Mumbai Indians tomorrow a dead rubber as far as their hopes are concerned.

Teams:

SH: S Dhawan, P Patel(wk), C White(c), H Vihari, T Perera, D Sammy, B Samantray, K Sharma, A Mishra, D Steyn, I Sharma.

RR: R Dravid(c), A Rahane, S Watson, S Samson(wk), S Binny, B Hodge, S Baby, K Cooper, J Faulkner, S Trivedi, P Tambe.

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 136-9 (20 overs, 6.8rpo)

B Samantray 55(46) J Faulkner 5-16

D Sammy 23(19)  S Watson 1-19

Rajasthan Royals 113-9 (20 overs, 5.65rpo)

K Cooper 26(12) D Steyn 2-17

R Dravid  25(24) T Perera 2-25

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 23 runs