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Rajasthan Royals down Sunrisers Hyderabad in low scoring affair

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The Rajasthan Royals became the fourth team to open their IPL 2014 campaign with a win, squeezing home by 4 wickets against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a game that was a lot closer than perhaps necessary.

Following up on a track that had seen 400 runs scored in the afternoon game, the Sunrisers Hyderabad struggled in their batting effort, posting a underpar 133-6 from their 20 overs. Captain Shikhar Dhawan top scored for his team making 38, while David Warner made an uncharacteristic 32 from 35 balls as the Sunrisers really struggled to get going against a Rajasthan bowling attack that was typically well disciplined and took the pace off the ball well.

Rajat Bhatia, Dhawal Kulkarni and Kane Richardson all chipped in with 2 wickets, conceding between 22 and 25 runs each from their full quota of overs.

Hyderabad boasted the better bowling attack, and made the new ball talk wickedly with Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar virtually unplayable. Rajasthan quickly slid to 31-3, but Ajinkya Rahane (59) and Stuart Binny (48*) resurrected the innings by adding 77 for the fourth wicket. Rahane dropped anchor at one end, while Binny took on the bowling and the combination worked well.

Rahane fell attempting an adventurous shot off Mishra in the 16th over and that gave Hyderabad another window of opportunity, but some poor decision making by their rookie skipper and some ordinary bowling at the death allowed Rajasthan to squeeze home in the end.

James Faulkner smacked consecutive boundaries in the final over as Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed just why he should have been bowled out at the top of the order after his first 3 overs had brought Rajasthan just 12 runs and also picked up a crucial wicket for Hyderabad.

Rajasthan would be delighted to have got off the mark in the IPL, but will know that they need to bat a lot better in future games with just 2 of their batsmen getting in double figures.

Both teams will next face the Kings XI Punjab, with the Royals getting their turn first on Sunday before Hyderabad have their go on Tuesday.

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 133-6 (20 overs, 6.65rpo)

S Dhawan 38 (34) R Bhatia 2-22 (4)

D Warner 32 (35) D Kulkarni 2-23 (4)

Rajasthan Royals 135-6 (19.3 overs, 6.92rpo)

A Rahane 59 (53) A Mishra 2-26 (4)

S Binny 48* (32) D Steyn 2-29 (4)

Rajasthan Royals win by 4 wickets