Cricket

Royals fall to Sunrisers

2015-05-07 17:01
Steven Smith (SPORTZPICS)

Cape Town - Steven Smith top-scored in the match, but it was not enough as Rajasthan Royals missed the chance to go top of the Indian Premier League table with a seven-run loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday, reports the supersport.com website.

The Australia star clubbed 68 off 40 balls as the hosts were restricted to 194 for seven in pursuit of 202 - a target built around the magic of Eoin Morgan and the assurance of Shikhar Dhawan.

Both struck half centuries, Englishman Morgan a spectacular 63 from just 28 balls, and Indian Dhawan 54 in 35 balls as the visitors amassed 201 for four.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed three for 44 to peg back the Royals' reply, but the result so easily could have gone the other way after a fine late-innings counter-attack from South African Chris Morris, who made an unbeaten 34 of 11 balls.

But it was not enough as the Sunrisers climbed to fifth on the overall table.

The men from Hyderabad were handed a flying start after losing the toss and being asked to bat first with Dhawan and David Warner in the mood.

The pair put on 48 in just 4.3 overs, before the Australian, looking for a third successive boundary, sent an edge off countryman Shane Watson to wicketkeeper Sanju Samson for 24.

Despite the wicket, the visitors continued their momentum through Moises Henriques (20), who added 41 for the second wicket with Dhawan until he was cleaned up by a quicker Pravin Tambe delivery.

It was 89 for two after 10.3 overs and the men from Hyderabad well placed to push on.

And they continued to do so, despite a slightly anxious patch when they took 14 more deliveries to reach 100.

Dhawan tried to accelerate after reaching his 50, but fell to a reverse-swinging James Faulkner delivery to be bowled.

Englishman Morgan then picked up the baton, his power-hitting taking him to 50 in only 23 balls.

He plundered five sixes and four boundaries overall to take the total to 180 by the time he fell.

Countryman Ravi Bopara (17 not out) ensured that Hyderabad got past 200 to set the hosts a stiff victory target.

The Royals were never really at the races after losing their top two inside four overs - Ajinkya Rahane (eight) and Watson (12) both out cheaply.

Smith, handed a few chances early on in his innings, held things together while he was there, despite wickets falling regularly at the other end.

At the halfway stage, it was only 68 for three with the likes of Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar keeping things tight.

Smith picked up the pace in the second part of his innings, going to 50 in 32 balls, but once he fell followed by countryman Faulkner for 30, the result looked a formality.

Samson (21 off 10) and Morris, though had other ideas. The pair struck six sixes between them, reducing the deficit to 22 of nine, before the visitors managed to keep their composure and close out the game.

Teams:

Rajasthan Royals: AM Rahane, SR Watson (captain), SPD Smith, KK Nair, SV Samson (wicketkeeper), STR Binny, JP Faulkner, CH Morris, DJ Hooda, DS Kulkarni, PV Tambe

Sunrisers Hyderabad: S Dhawan, DA Warner (captain), MC Henriques, EJG Morgan, RS Bopara, NV Ojha (wicketkeeper), GH Vihari, KV Sharma, P Kumar, B Kumar, I Sharma

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