IPL 2014, RR vs SRH: Hyderabad defeat Rajasthan by 32 runs

At first half Rajasthan Royals were looking set for their fifth consecutive win but a phenomenal bowling display by Sunrisers Hyderabad did not let that happen. Chasing 135 to win Rajasthan Royals were bundled out for 102.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again provided SRH breakthrough in his first over removing Ajinkya Rahane (0). Opener Karun Nair and Sanju Samson played blazing strokes against Dale Steyn but Steyn came back sharply to dismiss Nair (12) after been hit for a four. Karn Sharma rattled stumps of Samson (16) with a googly and RR after 6 overs were left tottering at 37-3.

Things turned ugly for Rajasthan Royals when Captain Shane Watson (11) edged one behind off Moises Henriques and his team further slipped to 41-4.

Steven Smith and Stuart Binny tried to steer the ship with a 37 run partnership for 5th wicket before Binny (12) was run-out as Warner inflicted a sensational direct hit at non-strikers end.

Pressure crippled Smith (22) as he looking to hit Steyn for a maximum was caught at mid-off by Irfan Pathan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 18th over struck thrice (Faulkner 4, Bhatia 4 and Richardson 1) to see Royals collapse to 99-9.

Irfan Pathan then removed Pravin Tambe (3) in last over to hand his side a 32 run victory.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar who now holds the purple cap bagged four wickets giving away just 14 runs. Dale Steyn (2-31) too looked back in his rhythm. Pathan, Karn Sharma and Henriques picked one wicket each.

Earlier Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field first. Sunrisers Hyderabad top order barring Shikhar Dhawan fell cheaply once again and middle order too looked woozy as Shane Watson in his second spell completed his hat-trick. Couple of amateurish run-outs towards the end meant SRH slip to slender 134-9 in 20 overs.

Duo of Shane Watson and Rajat Bhatia shared six wickets between them and bamboozled the SRH batsmen. Watson’s hat-trick was second in back to back games for Rajasthan Royals after Pravin Tambe’s one against Kolkata Knight Riders at the same venue.

With this win Sunrisers Hyderabad now move up to 5th place on points table while Rajasthan Royals stay at number three with 10 points.

Man of the Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

BRIEF SCORES: RR 102-All Out (S. Smith 22, B. Kumar 4-14) lost to SRH 134-9 (Dhawan 33, Watson 3-13) by 32 runs.