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IPL Match 41: Sunrisers Hyderabad edge Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs after Brabourne run feast

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad are back in contention for a top four finish after beating the Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs in a highly entertaining contest at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai which witnessed 17 sixes and 39 fours between the two sides.

Having been put in to bat by the Rajasthan Royals, the Sunrisers Hyderabad amassed a massive score of 201-4 from their 20 overs despite their talismanic skipper David Warner contributing just 24 runs today. Warner fell to his former opening partner Shane Watson, but Shikhar Dhawan was in fine form at the other end and made a handy 54 from just 35 balls to give the Sunrisers a solid foundation.

Moises Henriques struggled to hit top form today, making 20 from 21 balls, but Eoin Morgan more than made up from the other end, smashing 5 sixes en route to a 28-ball innings of 63. Ravi Bopara (17*) and Naman Ojha (8*) added the finishing touch to the innings, which was also boosted by 10 wides, a number which proved decisive in the end.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad dropped Dale Steyn and Trent Boult from their side for this game, recalling Ishant Sharma as they went for an all Indian pace attack, having boosted their batting ranks with foreign players. The fact that they got past 200, showed that the first part of their plan had paid off.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed the in-form Ajinkya Rahane early for 8, and Ishant also justified his selection by getting rid of Shane Watson for a run a ball 12.

Steve Smith benefited early in his innings by being dropped by international teammate Henriques, and made the Sunrisers pay by making 68 from 40 balls. Karun Nair (4) and Deepak Hooda (7) both failed with the bat, but James Faulkner (31 from 19 balls) and Sanju Samson (21 from 10 balls) gave the Rajasthan Royals hope as their long batting order kept them in the contest.

Both batsmen though fell in quick succession but Chris Morris came out and gave his side a genuine shot by smashing Praveen Kumar for three consecutive sixes in the 19th over, leaving his side with 18 needed to win the game from the last one.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar though was exemplary once again at the death, finding his length perfectly and winning the game for his side by conceding just 10 runs including 5 from the first 4 balls to virtually end the contest.

The win takes the Sunrisers to 10 points from as many games, ahead of the Mumbai Indians on net run rate. The Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders sit a point ahead of the duo, having also played 10 games each.

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 201/4 (20 overs, 10.05rpo)

E Morgan 63 (28) S Watson 2-36 (3)

S Dhawan 54 (35) P Tambe 1-32 (4)

Rajasthan Royals 194/7 (20 overs rpo)

S Smith 68 (40) B Kumar 3-44 (4)

C Morris 34* (11) R Bopara 1-22 (3)

J Faulkner 30 (19) I Sharma 1-25 (3)

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 7 runs