IPL 2014: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – As it happened...

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Rajasthan Royals innings:

Over 19.3 || Score 135/6

8 needed off 6 balls, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will bowl the last over with Binny on strike. His first ball was a yorker which was worked for a single on the off-side. 7 needed from 5. Second ball was a length delivery and Faulkner drilled it past covers for a boundary! Kumar follows it with another low full-toss and Faulkner slaps it past point for another boundary for the winning runs!

Stuart Binny 48* (32b) James Faulkner 8* (2b)

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Over 19 || Score 126/6

17 needed from 12, Steyn is back! First ball was a length delivery and Bhatia hit it hard past midwicket for a boundary! Steyn bowled the second ball slightly wide and Bhatia couldn't make a contact on that occasion. Third ball was a length delivery againt and Bhatia hit it towards long-on, where Finch took an excellent catch diving to his front! James Faulkner is the new man in. He is not a tail-ender by any standards. Steyn offered Binny some room off the next ball and Binny worked it past the fielder at point for a much-needed boundary! It was all about perfect timing on that stroke. Binny made some room for himself off the next ball, Steyn pitched it outside the off-stump for no run. Steyn ended the over with a short ball, Binny played an awkward shot for a single. Nine runs from the over.

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Over 18 || Score 117/5

Amit Mishra to continue. Binny takes a single off the first ball. Mishra bowls a dot ball to Hodge. Mishra bowls a superb googly and Hodge was almost bowled, another dot ball. Hodge went for the slog sweep off the fourth ball, which lands straight into the hands of Darren Sammy at deep midwicket! That was quite unnecessary as Hodge being new at the crease, should have rotated the strike. Rajat Bhatia is the new man in. The fifth ball drifted on the leg side and Binny swept it past square leg for a boundary! Binny scored a couple of runs off the last ball. Seven runs from the over.

BJ Hodge c Sammy b Mishra 1 (8b)

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Over 17 || Score 110/4

Karn Sharma to bowl his second over, Brad Hodge is the new man in. Just two runs from the over. The Royals now need 24 runs from 18 balls.

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Over 16 || Score 108/4

Amit Mishra to bowl his third over. Mishra finally broke the partnership when Rahane charged down the wicket off the last ball and hit it straight to Finch at long-off! That also ends the 77-run partnership for the third wicket.

AM Rahane c Finch b Mishra 59 (53b)

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Over 15 || Score 102/3

Hyderabad need wickets, which is why Steyn has been brought back into the attack. Rahane went hard after the first ball which took a leading edge that flew past third man for a boundary which also brings his half-century off 46 balls. Steyn's second ball was a length delivery and Rahane played that fine past a diving fielder at mid-off for another boundary! This will relieve a lot of pressure for these two. 13 runs from the over. Nothing is working for Hyderabad at the moment. This partnership is now worth 71 runs and Rajasthan now need 32 runs from the last five overs. Looks gettable with seven wickets in hand.

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Over 14 || Score 89/3

Ishant to continue. Ishant did everything right in that over, before Binny made some room for himself and hit the last ball over mid-off for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 13 || Score 81/3

Karn Sharma has been brought into the attack. Six runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 75/3

Ishant to bowl his third over. Third ball was short, Rahane charged down the wicket, missed the line and was hit on the right side of his helmet. It hit him on the grill and required some medical attention as well. Six runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 69/3

Mishra to continue. Rahane swept the second ball through deep square leg for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 61/3

Sammy to continue. Sammy bowled a short ball to Binny who pulled it over deep midwicket for a Six! Sammy ended the over with another short ball and Binny once again pulled it towards deep midwicket, this time for a boundary! 12 runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 49/3

Amit Mishra has been brought into the attack. Five runs from the over. Rajasthan will have to come out of their wait and watch approach as the run-rate is soaring.

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Over 8 || Score 43/3

Darren Sammy has been brought into the attack. Seven runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 36/3

Ishant Sharma to continue. And he gets the big fish, Watson is OUT! Ishant pitched one slightly outside the off-stump, Watson was in two minds about the shot, and he edged it to the keeper, though Billy Bowden took ages to raise the finger. Stuart Binny is the new man in. Ishant offered room off the last ball and Rahane hammered it past deep backward point for a boundary! Six runs from the over. Sunrisers would be very releived with Watson's dismissal.

SR Watson c Rahul b I Sharma 3 (7b)

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Over 6 || Score 30/2

Kumar to bowl his third over. Both Rahane and Watson looked vulnerable against Kumar's quality swing bowling in that over. The batsmen survived a few close shaves and Kumar was unlucky not to have picked a wicket as he missed a few edges by a few inches.

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Over 5 || Score 28/2

Ishant Sharma has been brought into the attack. Rahane charged down the wicket and lofted it over mid-on for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 19/2

Bhuvneshwar to continue. The pressure was building as a result of which Samson tok a chance and was caught by Dhawan at mid-off! Shane Watson is the new man in and this will be a key partnership for Rajasthan. Bhuvan created another chance off the last ball, where he moved the ball away from Rahane, who edged it, but it was dropped by Finch at first slip! That could prove to be a costly miss. Six runs from the over and a wicket for Bhuvneshwar.

SV Samson c Dhawan b Kumar 3 (9b)

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Over 3 || Score 13/1

Steyn to continue. Three runs from the other. Good start for Sunrisers so far.

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Over 2 || Score 10/1

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl from the other end. Six runs from the over. Good pressure being created by the bowlers early in the innings.

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Over 1 || Score 4/1

Dale Steyn to bowl the first over, Abhishek Nayar and Ajinkya Rahane to open for Rajasthan Royals. Steyn begins with an overpitched delivery and Nayar is immediately off the mark with a boundary through covers. Steyn gets the first breakthrough, Nayar is out lbw! Third ball pitched on line and hit Nayar on the pads. Four runs and a wicket for Steyn.

AM Nayar lbw b Steyn 4 (3b)

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Sunrisers Hyderabad innings:

Over 20 || Score 133/6

Richardson to bowl the final over. Karn Sharma hit the fourth ball high towards long-on where Brad Hodge took a clean catch. Eight runs from the over and Rajasthan Royals would be very happy with this effort.

KV Sharma c Hodge b Richardson 4 (5b)

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Over 19 || Score 125/5

Faulkner has been brought back into the attack. Second delivery had too much width on offer and Rao played a cut shot past deep backward point for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 18 || Score 116/5

Richardson to bowl his third over. Richardson fired a short ball, Sammy mistimed it high in the air and Samson took a good catch behind the stumps. Karn Sharma and Venugopal Rao are the two new batsmen at the crease. Eight runs from the over.

DJG Sammy c Samson b Richardson 6 (11b)

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Over 17 || Score 108/4

Kulkarni has been brought into the attack. He bowled a length delivery and Rahul smashed it over long-on for a Six! Nine runs from the over.

KL Rahul c Rahane b Kulkarni 20 (18b)

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Over 16 || Score 99/3

Bhatia to bowl his final over. Rahul made some room for himself off the fifth ball and worked it towards fine leg for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 15 || Score 90/3

Tambe to bowl his final over. Another economical over from Tambe, ends a fine spell.

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Over 14 || Score 85/3

Bhatia to bowl his final over. And this time he gets Warner! After facing one dot ball, he lauched the next one straight into the hands of Richardson at deep midwicket. He is really troubling the batsmen with his slower ones. Darren Sammy is the new man in. Just three runs from the over and a wicke for Bhatia.

DA Warner c Richardson b Bhatia 32 (35b)

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Over 13 || Score 82/2

Tambe to bowl his third over. Warner hit the third ball towards long-on, where Faulkner got under the ball and grassed it at the last moment. Three runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 79/2

Bhatia has been brought back into the attack. This man is a genius when it comes to taking the pace off the ball and he was rewarded when Dhawan hit one straight to Richardson at deep square leg! Five runs from the over.

S Dhawan c Richardson b Bhatia 38 (34b)

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Over 11 || Score 74/1

Kulkarni has been brought back into the attack. Five runs from the over. Sunrisers are still finding it difficult to score boundaries at will.

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Over 10 || Score 69/1
Stuart Binny has been brought into the attack. Dhawan was offered width off the fifth ball and he once again used the pace and placed it fine towards third man for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 62/1

Tambe to continue. Third ball was a length delivery and Dhawan slog-swept it over deep midwicket for a Six! 12 runs from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 50/1

Rajat Bhatia has been brought into the attack. Six runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 44/1

Pravin Tambe has been introduced into the attack. Good start for Tambe, three runs from his first over.

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Over 6 || Score 41/1

Faulkner to bowl his second over. Dhawan hit the first ball straight to Faulkner who drooped it off his own bowling! Fourth ball was slightly overpitched and Dhawan drove that through covers for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 33/1

Richardson has been brought back to bowl his second over. Warner lofted the first ball over mid-off for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 24/1

Kulkarni into his second over. It was proving to be another brilliant over, before he bowled short ball with width on offer and Dhawan guided it past third man for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 17/1

James Faulkner has been brought into the attack. Fourth ball was bowled down the leg side and it turned out to be 5wides. 13 runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 4/1

Kane Richardson to bowl the second over. Another superb over for Rajasthan, just two runs from it.

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Over 1 || Score 2/1

Dhawal Kulkarni will bowl the first over for Rajasthan Royals, Aaron Finch and Shikhar Dhawan to open for Hyderabad. Finch saw some width on offer off the fifth ball and he hit it straight to Richardson at covers, Finch is OUT! Excellent start for Rajasthan. David Warner is the new man in.

AJ Finch c Richardson b Kulkarni 2 (5b)

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TOSS: Shane Watson has won the toss and Rajasthan Royals will bowl first.

It will be a very interesting match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals, as both the teams will have new captains for this season.

Rajasthan Royals ended up being the third best team in the last year`s IPL. Led by Rahul Dravid, the Royals won the hearts of several cricket fans with their determination to excel, despite lacking too many big names in their squad.

Under the stewardship of Rahul Dravid – who will perform mentor`s role this time, the Royals` performance showed some signs of improvement, though only to perish at the play-offs.

The team often considered as the under-dogs, is best at stunning the oppositions. The young boys who are coached and mentored under the brilliance of Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid, make it a point to make their presence felt, whenever they get an opportunity.

The highlight of this franchise, is the way they promote all sorts of players despite their age and experience. While 19-year-old Sanju Samson seems to be the brightest youngster in the tournament, 42-year-old Pravin Tamble grabbed the opportunity with both hands when he got to play a few matches last year. Tambe not only impressed the best of experts with his variations, but also touched the hearts of the cricket fans through his journey to the Rajasthan squad.



First Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 00:26

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