Sunrisers sink rusty Royals

2013-05-17 20:35
Siddharth Trivedi (Gallo Images)
Hyderbad - The Sunrisers Hyderabad kept their chance of a playoff place alive as they beat the Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs on Friday.

Full Scorecard: Hyderabad v Rajasthan

Chasing 137 for victory, Rajasthan slumped to 113-9 as their batsman failed to capitalise on James Faulkner's bowling brilliance.

Faulkner had finished with figures of 4-1-16-5 and was instrumental in restricting the hosts, but Rajasthan's batsman collapsed in a heap after the opening pair put on 39 for the first wicket.

Skipper Rahul Dravid was dismissed first after trying to run off a misfield off Amit Mishra and a direct hit from Cameron White saw the skipper depart for 25 off 24.

Ajinkya Rahane followed in the next over, hitting a tossed up delivery straight to the man at deep cover, but at 40-2, the visitors still looked in control.

Sanju Samson, Shane Watson and Stuart Binny then both departed in quick succession and suddenly the equation started to shift back into the visitors favour as Rajasthan were reduced to 65-5 after 14 overs.

Rajasthan needed a star-performance, but Amit Mishra had other plans and trapped Sachin Baby leg-before for three off seven as the batsman tried to reverse sweep as things continued to fall apart for the visitors.

Needing 62 off 24, it was up to Brad Hodge and bowling-hero James Faulkner to save face.

Faulkner whacked the second ball he faced for six, but fell off the very next delivery as he tried to slog sweep again, but got a leading edge instead and was caught.

With 52 required off 18 balls, things were looking quite dire for the visitors and Dale Steyn sent Brad Hodge's off stump cartwheeling in the 18th over, and Rajasthan had slumped to 88-8.

Kevon Cooper launched a late charge in the final over, hitting two consecutive fours off Steyn before the West Indian was sent on his way for 26 for 12 and Hyderabad had all but wrapped up victory.

With just two balls left and the impossible to do, the tailenders managed just a single, and Hyderabad ensured their playoff hopes stayed alive.

The Sunrisers earlier struggled in their innings and it was only Biplab Samantray who hit 55 off 46 to spare some of the hosts’ blushes in their innings as Faulkner bagged his second five-for of the tournament.

Not one other batsman managed more than 23 runs and the Sunrisers got off to a terrible start as Parthiv Patel was the first to fall, dismissed by Faulkner off his first ball in the second over.

Patel got an inside edge onto his stumps after attempting to nudge a ball outside off down to third man and the hosts were in a spot of bother at 3-1.

Just a few balls later Faulkner struck again with Shikhar Dhawan becoming his second victim.

Faulkner landed a length ball which Dhawan tried to tried, but ended up getting an edge down to point instead and Hyderabad slumped to 4-2 after 2 overs.

Skipper Cameron White then followed as the collapsed continued.

White was sent on his way for a duck as Shane Watson got in on the wicket action.

Watson bowled short of a length and White tried to wildly hook and Siddharth Trivedi did well to take a high catch at fine-leg.

The Sunrisers had slumped to disastrous proportions at 5-3 after 2.4 and needed to rebuild. Hanuma Vihari and Samantray combined for a 44-run partnership before frustration got the better of Vihari and he got a leading edge to Sachin Baby.

Sunrisers had rebuilt somewhat, though, and were now 49-4 after 10.3.

Darren Sammy hit a quick fire 23 off 19 lower down the order before he became Faulkner's third victim.

Sammy tried to up the run rate, but found the fielder at long off instead, but the Sunrisers were still struggling at 105-5 after 16.2.

After saving his side's blushes with 55 off 46, Samantray also departed as Faulkner continued his superb run.

A slower ball foxed Samantray into trying to hit out, but the lack of pace failed to generate any power and he was caught at long on.

Faulkner wrapped up an incredible day at the office by picking up a wicket off his final ball, clean bowling Dale Steyn for a duck as the Australian bagged his second five-for of the tournament.

Two run outs in the final over ensured that Rajasthan were in a good position, but their batsmen couldn't seize the opportunity.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: PA Patel (wk), S Dhawan, GH Vihari, CL White (capt), NLTC Perera, DJG Sammy, BB Samantray, KV Sharma, A Mishra, DW Steyn, I Sharma

R Dravid (capt), AM Rahane, SV Samson (wk), SR Watson, STR Binny, BJ Hodge, Sachin Baby, K Cooper, JP Faulkner, PV Tambe, SK Trivedi 


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