Sunrisers Hyderabad took a step closer to securing their Playoff seat with a convincing 23-run win over Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday night. Batting first, SRH posted 136 on the back of Biplab Samantray's maiden half-century, before their bowlers restricted RR to just 113.
Chasing 137, RR started positively as Rahul Dravid pulled Ishant Sharma for a six and whipped one through midwicket in the second over. Ajinkya Rahane joined in slog-sweeping Karan Sharma for a six. RR made 33 from their Power Play overs with both openers playing conservative cricket. Rahul Dravid (25) was run out by Cameron White as he tried to run off a mis-field. Karan Sharma then had Rahane (12) caught by Shikhar Dhawan in the ninth over. At the halfway stage, RR were 44 for two, still requiring 93 runs.
Sanju Viswanadh (5) holed out in the deep to Steyn off Amit Mishra to leave RR three down in the 12th over. Thisara Perera dealt two major blows in the 14th over as he had Shane Watson (11) caught in the deep by Darren Sammy before bowling Stuart Binny's (8). Mishra then had Sachin Baby (3) trapped leg before to leave RR six down. The RR capitulation continued as James Faulkner (6) departed after smashing Karan Sharma for a six. Steyn uprooted Brad Hodge's (8) off-stump to deliver the knock-out punch. Kevon Cooper (26) smashed a six off Perera before falling to Steyn in the final over. RR finished 23 runs short.
Earlier SRH won the toss and elected to bat. SRH were shook early as Faulkner struck twice in the second over. First Parthiv Patel (2) was bowled off an inside edge before Dhawan (1) hit one straight to Rahane at point. Watson had White (0) caught in the deep by Siddharth Trivedi to leave SRH reeling at 5 for three. SRH managed only 21 from their Power Play.
Samantray was lucky early on as the RR fielders failed to appeal despite the stumps being broken by a direct hit with the batsman being out of his ground. Trivedi had Vihari (19) miscue to be caught by Baby in the 11th over. Samantray hit Cooper for a boundary and a six in the 14th over. Sammy (23) deposited Watson into the stands before Faulkner had him caught by Hodge. Samantray (55) who brought up his maiden IPL half-century in the 18th over, perished to Faulkner as he tried to up the ante. Steyn (0) was then bowled by Faulkner as he picked up his second five-wicket haul in the IPL. SRH eventually made 136 for 9.
Man-of-the-Match: Amit Mishra
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 136 for 9 (Biplab Samantray 55, James Faulkner 5-16) defeated Rajasthan Royals 113 for 9 (Kevon Cooper 26, Amit Mishra 2-8) by 23 runs.
1: James Faulkner became the first bowler to take two five-wicket hauls in IPL. 12 other bowlers have taken a five-wicket haul once.
2.00: Amit Mishra’s economy in the match – best for any bowler in a four-over spell in IPL2013. Sunrisers’ Karan Sharma (vs Chennai Super Kings at Chennai on April 25) and Mumbai Indians’ Mitchell Johnson (vs Pune Warriors India at Pune on May 11) have also returned identical economy.
5: For 16 – Faulkner’s figures – best by any bowler in IPL2013. He bettered his own 5 for 20 also against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Jaipur on April 27.
9: Out of 15 times Sunrisers Hyderabad have restricted opponents to a total of 130 or less in IPL 2013.
26: Number of wickets taken by James Faulkner in IPL2013. Only Lasith Malinga has taken more wickets in a single edition of IPL – 28 in 2011.
48.00: Ajinkya Rahane’s strike-rate in the match – worst for any batsman facing at least 25 balls in IPL 2013.Pune Warriors India’s Manish Pandey had managed a strike-rate of 51.72 also against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Hyderabad on April 5.
Dravid: Showed some good intensity on the field, probably were a spinner light for this pitch. Credit to them for scoring those many, Mishra bowled very too well too and we got bogged down in the middle. Have struggled on wickets like these, slower and lower ones. Hopefully will have better wickets in the playoffs.
White: Never smooth sailing against Rajasthan but we fought hard here. We knew we were not too far away from a defendable target, bowled and fielded well here. Credit to the guys for keeping their calm.
Amit Mishra, man of the match: I want to thank the crowd at Hyderabad, getting a lot of support. Not only me, the entire team is doing well, getting confidence by their encouragement, I thank god, for allowing me come back from injury and working hard.