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IPL Season 7: Sunrisers Hyderabad Shine at Motera; Thrash Rajasthan Royals by 32 runs

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IPL Season 7: Sunrisers Hyderabad Shine at Motera; Thrash Rajasthan Royals by 32 runs

May 09
14:50 2014

srhMotera, Friday, May 9 – It was Sunrisers Hyderabad’s day in Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera as they thrashed Shane Watson-led Rajasthan Royals by 32 runs. The victory was special for Shikhar Dhawan’s squad as team efforts made it defend a small total, which seemed not at all adequate for logging a victory in 20-20 format.

Watson won the toss and offered SRH to bat first. Skipper Dhawan and Aaron Finch kicked off Sunrisers Hyderabad’s innings and did a partnership of just 37 runs as the opener was sent back to the pavilion by Shane Watson when he was batting at the score of 33 runs. SRH captain gave a solid start as he confidently hit 7 boundaries, making RR to think about their bowling tactics. Earlier it seemed that boys in orange cap are on the track to set massive score, but suddenly scenario was changed!

The 34 year old Rajat Bhatia shattered the top order dismissing Aaron Finch (9 runs of 10 balls; 4 x 1), Lokesh Rahul (18 runs of 18 balls; including a couple of boundaries) and wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha (17 runs of 19 balls; 4 x 1). Situation got worst for the team batting first when destructive player David Warner was trapped by Pravin Tambe. If truth be told, game slightly inclined in favore of Rajasthan Royals at this point of time.

Moises Henriques, who scored 9 runs from 13 balls, lost his wicket to Shane Watson in 16.1 over when his team needed him the most. His dismissal made Irfan Pathan to come on the crease. The all-rounder showed a great stability, which was missed by other team members a day ago. Remaining not out at 21 runs (confronting 21 balls and hitting 2 fours), the 29 year old Vadodara boy showed a ray of hope that Sunrisers Hyderabad may set an average score on the board. But at the same time, wickets kept falling like anything on the other end. Karn Sharma (0 run) threw his wicket to Watson, while both lower order batsmen Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra were the run out victims. Mishra’s wicket was something that he himself wouldn’t like to recall as in the third attempt, Sanju Samson made him go back to the dressing room without adding even a single.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was in at no. 11 but couldn’t contribute any run. After 20 overs, the target of 135 was set for Rajasthan Royals that definitely looked attainable. But Dhawan’s potential ‘playing 11’ seemed in a different mood and did not leave even a bit space for any sort of mistakes. This got proved when opener Ajinkya Rahane departed in the first over, falling short against B Kumar. Karun Nair, Sanju Samson and RR’s captain Watson had to leave the crease post scoring 12, 16 and 11 runs, losing their wickets to Steyn, Karn Sharma and Henriques, respectively.

The new batsman Stuart Binny had to go back to the dressing room after smashing 12 runs of 19 balls when Warner stunned him by hitting the stumps in 14th over. Steven Smith was the only cricketer who emerged as the leading scorer for Rajasthan Royals. He played a knock of 22 runs before succumbing to Steyn when 16th over was in progress. Another jolt was given by Kumar as he took the wickets of Bhatia and James Faulkner, who scored 4 runs apiece, and Kane Richardson (1 run of 2 balls). Dhawal Kulkarni remained not out till the end. Pravin Tambe was the last man to lose his wicket at 3 runs, making Sunrisers Hyderabad to feel the joy of sealing a victory which was not apparent at all when the match started.

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