Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 27, 2013

Faulkner, Watson swamp Sunrisers

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Rajasthan Royals 146 for 2 (Watson 98) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 144 for 9 (Sammy 60, Faulkner 5-20) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The match had almost all the ingredients of an absorbing Twenty20 contest. Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their top order in a cycle-stand collapse, before Darren Sammy led a lower-order revival to push the score to 144. On a pitch assisting the seamers, Rajasthan Royals had to deal with a testing opening period of swing and seam, which the experienced duo of Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson negotiated. Watson, coming off a century in Chennai, paced his innings and powered Royals home with a blistering unbeaten 98.

Watson wasn't the only Australian making waves at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. James Faulkner demolished the Sunrisers' top order during a five-wicket haul, the first of IPL 2013. Faulkner and the innocuous Ajit Chandila reduced Sunrisers to 29 for 6, raising expectations of early finish. The top six registered scores of 2,0,4,4,6,4 - leaving much responsibility on Sammy.

Kumar Sangakkara had dropped himself for three games owing to his indifferent form, but his return made no difference as he joined the early procession of wickets. After Akshath Reddy fell off a leading edge against Chandila, Sangakkara chased a wide delivery from Faulkner and edged to second slip for 4.

Though the pitch gave a lot of assistance to the seamers in terms of movement and bounce, the shot selection by the Sunrisers was poor. Shikhar Dhawan slashed straight to backward point and Karan Sharma, walking in unexpectedly at No.5 - just as Amit Mishra did in Chennai - succumbed to the pressure of needing quick runs by top edging Faulkner to fine leg. Thisara Perera perished to a one-handed slog down to long-on before Hanuma Vihari gloved Kevon Cooper down the leg side. It was the first time Royals had managed so many wickets in the Powerplay.

Sammy and Amit Mishra scripted Sunrisers' recovery with a stand of 58. Sammy made room against the seamers to clear cover and shoveled the ball over midwicket to give the innings some impetus. He hit the first six of the innings in the 13th, a pull off Siddharth Trivedi over deep midwicket. He celebrated his fifty - his first in T20s - in unique style, pulling out a baby pacifier tied around his neck sucking at it, for his baby daughter.

The seventh, eighth and ninth wickets added 115, giving the Sunrisers bowlers a fighting total to try and defend.

Watson and Dravid, however, used their experience to counter the swing and prevent the loss of early wickets. Several deliveries came back into the right-hander, but Watson ensured he played the ball late, dabbing it down to third man and behind point. He did offer some chances, though. On 16, an outside edge off Perera just beat a diving Sangakkara, and another just dropped short of Sammy at slip.

Royals had progressed to 53 for 1 after ten overs, with the asking rate passing nine. The partnership gathered pace in the second half of the innings, Dravid launching Royals' march with a six over long-on. A costly Ishant Sharma over, which leaked 20, included three fours and a six by Watson. The next, off Perera, went for 15 and hastened Royals' march to the target. Three powerful blows to deep midwicket, by Watson off Karan Sharma, sealed a clinical win.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TeamRocker on April 28, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Honestly, I think Faulkner deserves a little more credit than he has been given. 5 wickets in a T20 match is a fantastic achievement. He bowled with variations when they were needed, and kept a consistent line and length. And look at the quality of the batsmen he got out: An in-form batsmen (Dhawan), a class act (Sanga), a tailender with a good short ball, an well set Mishra and and Darren Sammy (batting on 50+). Watto also did a great job in taking them home. He looks in fantastic touch at the moment. Kudos to Sammy too. On the downside, Sidhaarth Trivedi and Kevon Cooper need to go. Terrible bowling from them. I would bring in Sreesanth for Trivedi and probably Tait (?) or Hogg for Cooper. SRH need to drop PA Reddy and bring in Parthiv Patel.

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 29, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Mr Sanga is a waste fellow. He should have put a slip in place for Watson and put pressure on him. Sanga missed at least 2 changes for watson to get him out when there was no slip fielder. Sanga is a bad captain for a short format. Sammy or White is far better than him. Sanga cannot bat in this format. Thank god that he realized that is not such a great batsmen to have place in the team only as a batsmen and at least now he weared glows. He is playing like a kid on t20 format. I dont know why he came back in the team again? does he feel that he is better than other?

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 29, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I think Sammy is the best available player to lead SRH. Due respect to sangakkara , this format does not suit his style of play .

    Sammy, Perera, Steyn are must for SRH and the 4th player is a toss between white, sangakkara or dekock. I prefer white as he atleast delivers sometimes.

  • DylanBrah on April 29, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    LOL, of course there is slogging, it is T20! You want perfect form/technique go watch Test cricket like I do.

  • deathstar01 on April 28, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Sunrisers top order is pathetic even Sangakara is failing in almost every match.

  • sfarazi on April 28, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I believe this is the RR squad that could possibly take out IPL season 6! Still early days though but this team reminds of the RR back in 08' when they won the inaugural season :)

  • Yasin123Patel on April 28, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    watson hit shot of spinner is not slog. U know, when batsman goes on one knee and sweep the ball through the air, that called a slog sweep. U even don't understand what is sweep. Late cut isn't a bad shot. Only very few player can play it. It is the best shot vs spin. Lara is best on that. But watto play it against real pace. Its extraordinary. Don't show off your lack of knowledge abt cricket.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 28, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    In Wikipedia, the examples for sloggers are listed as following - Shahid Afridi , Abdul Razzaq , Ian Botham , Lance Cairns , Ian Harvey , Fred Trueman , Shane Warne , Wasim Akram , Don Wilson , Chris Gayle , Yuvraj Singh , Virat Kohli , Kieron Pollard , LOL

  • Sandeep_Maddu on April 28, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Getting to 144 was a great recovery by SRH, though the top order batsmen played reckless shots. It was a score they could defend with their bowling arsenal but credit goes to Watson. When players like Watson or Dhoni or Gayle try to see off the initial balls, giving respect to conditions, they become even more dangerous. SRH can take positive that more than they losing the match, it was Watson winning the match for Royals. However SRH now need to get some wins quickly, which might not be easy considering that 2 of their next 3 matches are against MI and CSK. SRH's games against DD and KPXI become absolutely crucial.

  • elgenioroshan on April 28, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Those who consider Watson is a slogger then let me remind you what are Gayle and Dhoni? They are not class players. They hit the ball very hard and are very accomplished batsmen. So is Watson. He gets his runs cuz he is aggressive and uses a lot of power in his shots. But who cares as long as you get runs and ur team wins. I don't know why is there such a big issue over him. Whether he slogs or times the ball, as long as he scores runs give him credit rather than criticizing him. Peace!

  • TeamRocker on April 28, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Honestly, I think Faulkner deserves a little more credit than he has been given. 5 wickets in a T20 match is a fantastic achievement. He bowled with variations when they were needed, and kept a consistent line and length. And look at the quality of the batsmen he got out: An in-form batsmen (Dhawan), a class act (Sanga), a tailender with a good short ball, an well set Mishra and and Darren Sammy (batting on 50+). Watto also did a great job in taking them home. He looks in fantastic touch at the moment. Kudos to Sammy too. On the downside, Sidhaarth Trivedi and Kevon Cooper need to go. Terrible bowling from them. I would bring in Sreesanth for Trivedi and probably Tait (?) or Hogg for Cooper. SRH need to drop PA Reddy and bring in Parthiv Patel.

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 29, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Mr Sanga is a waste fellow. He should have put a slip in place for Watson and put pressure on him. Sanga missed at least 2 changes for watson to get him out when there was no slip fielder. Sanga is a bad captain for a short format. Sammy or White is far better than him. Sanga cannot bat in this format. Thank god that he realized that is not such a great batsmen to have place in the team only as a batsmen and at least now he weared glows. He is playing like a kid on t20 format. I dont know why he came back in the team again? does he feel that he is better than other?

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 29, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I think Sammy is the best available player to lead SRH. Due respect to sangakkara , this format does not suit his style of play .

    Sammy, Perera, Steyn are must for SRH and the 4th player is a toss between white, sangakkara or dekock. I prefer white as he atleast delivers sometimes.

  • DylanBrah on April 29, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    LOL, of course there is slogging, it is T20! You want perfect form/technique go watch Test cricket like I do.

  • deathstar01 on April 28, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Sunrisers top order is pathetic even Sangakara is failing in almost every match.

  • sfarazi on April 28, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I believe this is the RR squad that could possibly take out IPL season 6! Still early days though but this team reminds of the RR back in 08' when they won the inaugural season :)

  • Yasin123Patel on April 28, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    watson hit shot of spinner is not slog. U know, when batsman goes on one knee and sweep the ball through the air, that called a slog sweep. U even don't understand what is sweep. Late cut isn't a bad shot. Only very few player can play it. It is the best shot vs spin. Lara is best on that. But watto play it against real pace. Its extraordinary. Don't show off your lack of knowledge abt cricket.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 28, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    In Wikipedia, the examples for sloggers are listed as following - Shahid Afridi , Abdul Razzaq , Ian Botham , Lance Cairns , Ian Harvey , Fred Trueman , Shane Warne , Wasim Akram , Don Wilson , Chris Gayle , Yuvraj Singh , Virat Kohli , Kieron Pollard , LOL

  • Sandeep_Maddu on April 28, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Getting to 144 was a great recovery by SRH, though the top order batsmen played reckless shots. It was a score they could defend with their bowling arsenal but credit goes to Watson. When players like Watson or Dhoni or Gayle try to see off the initial balls, giving respect to conditions, they become even more dangerous. SRH can take positive that more than they losing the match, it was Watson winning the match for Royals. However SRH now need to get some wins quickly, which might not be easy considering that 2 of their next 3 matches are against MI and CSK. SRH's games against DD and KPXI become absolutely crucial.

  • elgenioroshan on April 28, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Those who consider Watson is a slogger then let me remind you what are Gayle and Dhoni? They are not class players. They hit the ball very hard and are very accomplished batsmen. So is Watson. He gets his runs cuz he is aggressive and uses a lot of power in his shots. But who cares as long as you get runs and ur team wins. I don't know why is there such a big issue over him. Whether he slogs or times the ball, as long as he scores runs give him credit rather than criticizing him. Peace!

  • landl47 on April 28, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    This innings illustrated perfecly why Watson is a very good short-format batsman but not a very good test batsman. On 49 he went for a drive to a ball wide of off-stump and not full enough to drive, got a juicy edge and the ball went waist-high past the keeper. It would have hit first slip in the stomach- but this is T20 and there was no first slip, so it went for 4.

    The point is that Watson would have played exactly the same shot in a test match, there would have been a first slip and he'd have been out. He doesn't have the smarts to change his game for the test match format. A good test player, like say Kallis, would play that shot in a T20 but not in a test match.

    It's often said that the most important 6 inches in cricket is the distance between your ears. Watson has a 'vacant' sign hanging there.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 28, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    @APSK IF you look at watson vs spin the only shot he plays well is the slog and slog sweep. He scores 80% of the runs of spin through on-side. his 185 vs BD vs nothing but slog sweeps if you ask me.Its a rarity watson hits through off side.

    @Yasin123Patel: Man, Late cut is bad shot. No wonder now gambhir (who is a exponent of late cut) is getting caught in the slip or bowled off the inside edge often.FYI I have seen all of them play a late cut.

  • TeamRocker on April 28, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: How much can your home loyalty blind you? Watson is an excellent T20 batsmen (I have doubts as to his test career) and in this kind of form, he's worth more than anyone else. Kusal Perera was given two games, and made a combined 14 runs. Admittedly, he looks talented. But the only player who can replace Hodge for now is Owais Shah, as that gives RR middle order experience. In any case, Gayle is a more of a slogger than Watto will ever be. What's wrong with that? If he can hit the ball well and score runs consistently, being a slogger can only be a good thing. I agree with you on T. Perera, he is a very good T20 bat.

  • chaitanyabvc on April 28, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Drop Sanga,Akshath bring Parthiv & Nathan Mcullum, Sammy can lead the side. Team will be much stable in batting and bowling options would be more.

  • on April 28, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Shane Watson's performance with Aussies in not very good. But he does a lot to other teams. I think CA needs to look at this closely. He never plays positive cricket when playing for his own country. But just look at his last two innings for RR.

  • Htc-Android on April 28, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    If sanga/White continue to disappoint us. We would rather pick lynn or mccullum in the side. Atleast these guys can play some big shots.

  • Nampally on April 27, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    I felt Watson was LBW to the first ball he faced from Mishra- a top spinner hitting leg & middle. I appear to be the only one with this comment. Anyway that was the game, set & match to RR. On a seamers wicket, the fast bowlers needed to be accurate. Unfortunately the spinners got little or no turn out of this wicket as opposed to what they did in Chennai. SRH seamers were wildly erratic while Franklin was superb. This reduced SRH team bowling to non existent, at best. In addition SRH batted as though they never played a seamer- very irresponsible batting!. It was left up to Sammy, Mishra, Ashish & Steyn to show their batsmen how to bat responsibly. I was happy at the inclusion of Sammy but disappointed that Chris Lynn was excluded again in this weakest batting team in IPL!. SRH has a tough road ahead if the wicket does not help their spinners Karan Sharma & Mishra. Dhawan needs to contribute at least a 50 in each match to make SRH batting half decent. Sanga has lost his batting magic!

  • Mitcher on April 27, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Funny that the only talk about the two dominant players in this clash is: whether Watson is rubbish; or, in the case of Faulkner, nothing much at all.

  • insideman on April 27, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Please, drop Sanga, Akshath Reddy. Bring back Parthiv and give a chance to other overseas players like Lynn, McKay. Sammy can lead the side as well as Sanga if not better.

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    SRH should sign up some one new for the overseas batting slot for the rest of the season. Seeing how, Sanga, White and Kock have performed so far, not sure they are going to contribute anything in the future too. Not to mention their pool of local players is the weakest among all the teams wrt batting.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 27, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Darren Sammy was phenomenol when SRH looked like they were going to be completely humiliated he not only stepped up but gave them a chance of winning the game ! In the end the aggressive bowling from Faulkener and the experience and power of Watson was to much to contain, great entertainment.

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Horrible start from the top order, sammy & the bowlers fought well to get to a modest total. I think it is time to release both sanga & white from the team after this year. Sanga has been horrible all tournament, even last year he only scored 200 runs & this year 6 games n only 88 runs(sammy 79runs in 2 games!). White did well last year but this year other than that 52, he hasnt played well. Steyn, perera & sammy have shown they help the team while sanga/white/de kock havent done much in their games. Sammy can be captain maybe dhawan. I think ashish reddy should move up the batting order & take viharis place. Ashish scored 120runs off 83balls @ 144.57 strike rate vs Vihari 130runs off 145balls @ 89.65!!! Only 10 more runs off 62 more balls!!! That is 10 overs he wasted for 10 more runs, insane to have him come in at 1 down. He should come in at #10 spot, even mishra & steyn are hitting 4s n 6s. Batting looks better with dhawan & sammy in the line up. Hope they pull it together.

  • APSK on April 27, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik : i think you haven't ever seen the straight drives & cover drives hit by watson..calling a top order batsman a slogger..!! Ridiculous

  • SurlyCynic on April 27, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga, Matthews - they all have something in common. Which is they are having disappointing seasons this IPL. So perhaps the eligibility rules will help teams perform better at Chennai?

  • Yasin123Patel on April 27, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    you don't know anything abt cricket. Sloger is who hit a full length ball to a long on area like gayle, pathan. And only classic batsman able to play late cut like Lara. 6ave u seen pathan, gayle , afridi hit a late cut? No, cause they r a slogger. But watson not. Btw, watson is leading run scorer in IPL1 and 2nd in wicket telly. And hodge done his job realy well. RR need mature player in middel not slogger. If need arise then we have shaah who can replace hodge.

  • shamsher12345 on April 27, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    it was good so see RR back on winning ways... Six by RD made my day... Watson need not to prove anything..dont know why Manheria is not playing this year...also would like to see Shah in one or two games..

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 27, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    in the name of class, stylish and captaincy some player sticks in the team (they are no worth) sanga belongs to that category.

  • Yasin123Patel on April 27, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    hodge avg. 40+ in this IPL. We don't need mis hit slogger like kushal. Hodge is experience. He knows how to play on seaming track like Jaipur. Watto isn't a slogger. Slogger play more on long on but peoper batsman like watto can play a beautiful cut at 3rdman.

  • Romenevans on April 27, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Good performance by RR. But lots of questions to be answered, specially by Dravid. Why was he so defensive even after 29/6? He should attacked with 2 slips, and should have bowled with a spinner to Sammy. Rahane needs to start playing freely. Cooper needs to tighten his radar, he has been bowling way to many wides. We lost the RCB and CSK match because of his poor bowling. However, he is still a key player for RR. FInally, Faulkner, wow! What a performance. He is the next Watto in the making, mark my words.

  • Yasin123Patel on April 27, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    ya very few talking about faulkner. He was a brillint tonight and this ipl. Taking 16 wkts in just 6 match at an avg. Of 7.75 and E.R. 5.35. But someone just jealos because these performance keep out kushal. Ridiculous. These fans make it irritating. They Didn't applaude good performance, just critic whether watson did well or not.

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Nobody wants an inexperienced Kusal in the middle order, that would be a senseless move, and i really feel for a few people who have absolutely no knowledge about the game!!

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: IPL 1's man of the tournament and last year's world cup's man of the tournament is just a slogger? WOW, hats off, really appreciate your knowledge on the game!!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 27, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    @Narbavi: Brendon McCllum scored 95* vs India and then followed it up with a 123 vs the Bangla boys. There people like Brad Hodge, Kevon Cooper who are not performing and if Dravid wants he can send Kusal to replace the woe fully out of form Hodge or Cooper; .I don't care whether he gets a game or not.

    Watson is just another slogger if you ask me, scored half of runs in the third man boundary and of the outside edge of it. Their are lot of talented batsmen than him.

  • muktijoddah on April 27, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Very few people are talking about faulkner's performance, that's not good.

  • JamesSmithee on April 27, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Sanga must open the innings. Sammy was successful in T20 world cup but not in other serious. In T20 format any one can lead West Indies team. They have Gayle , Pollard, Naraine, Marlon, .... All the power hitters are in their side. Sanga has lead the team to two worldcup finals. T20 and ODI. I am not saying Sanga is very good captain. But he is better than less experienced Sammy.

  • ssparmar on April 27, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    good to see watto back in the business with back to back knocks...and wonderful smile on his face too

  • on April 27, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Clearly today wasn't SH day. It's funny some people saying Thisara shouldn't play. Sammy played well. But thisara batted and bowled well in previous game. Not to mention that he was the only one to take a wicket apart from Steyn. SH will come back strongly.

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Come on give credit where its due, you guys simply hate him because he is keeping kusal out of the side, not everyone can bat like Gayle, tell me how many batsmen have made a 100 and 98* in back to back games in t20's, do not pour your needless jealousy and hatred on Watto, he is a class act!!

  • on April 27, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    really guys you want Perera to sit back? how many times has he rescued sunrisers from defeat. he performs better than even your great indian bowler Ishant Sharma. ad mit it. all the indian players perform bellow par. keep changing the overseas players, WRH will never win unless the indian plyers perform. mishra has been the only one did well.

    only 4 players cannot win a game unless it's like chris gayle. Don't put the blame on perera, everyone knows he's there to hit sixes like Gayle and not to bat for 15 overs. + this is what happen when you drop a player who has been performing well.

    Sammy or perera need to open with sanga or dawan. and please drop I sharma and get any other sharma if you want. he's giving away too many runs.

    Last match if not for mishra's drop they would have still won. Poor indian player performance. dun depend on overseas players all the time

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 27, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    I think SRH is missing a trick here by not giving captaincy to Sammy. Sammy is the world t20 winning captain. He sure knows his job. It is no mean feat to unite a Caribbean team, with players coming from several different countries and local egos. Sammy did that with grace, poise and, more importantly, immense success. He sure will deliver the goods better than Sanga, IMO. That also allows DeKock a consistent run in the team instead of the woefully out of form Sanga. Thisara is woeful with the bat and the trundler that he is with the ball, he can be slaughtered. He too needs to be dropped.

  • Dragonboyz on April 27, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    SRH should field 10 bowlers next match.There is no use of taking 6 specialist batsmen every game when the bowlers are bailing them each and every game with bat and ball

  • damith91 on April 27, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    I think this is the right combination for SRH.bt today is not their day.after very poor start they recovered well to reach 144.Sammy did a great job.Sanga should be in the team as the caption bcoz he is a mush better caption than Sammy and White...

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 27, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Watson was plumbed at 22 to Mishara. The ball pitched on the leg n turned. DEAD PLUMB. But he wasn't given out. No wonder why Watson said at the end "a few things went my way" lol. Sanga did a brilliant job marshaling his bowlers, but all the hard work was undone by Ishant Sharma in 16th over leaking 20 runs n offering the game to RR on a silver platter.

    SRH was unlucky n lost due to umpiring errors. period

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Shane watson, just one word, AWESOME, follows up a 100 with an unbeaten 98, and to know that some immature fans were calling for perera to be played instead of him, ha ha lol, learn some cricket!!

  • kevepere on April 27, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Isnt is sad ! When the players that even many viewers though would be strong just failed. None of the batsman played and made good platform.. reddy, dhawan and sanga all failing. Lets give more chances and see , this is the best team put by SRH by far !

  • on April 27, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Darren Sammy proved that he is a better allrounder than Thisara P. Quinton and Sanga has been the same batting wise.. But i believe Quinton to come good if give more chance than Sanga.. May be Lynn can be tried in place of Thisara / Sanga.. Sammy can very well captain the team better than Sanga.. after all he is the captain of world cup winning team.

  • on April 27, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    what is mishra done is wrong...he had to give support to sammy rather than going for big hit and get out...SRH could get a score of 160

  • on April 27, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Nice come back Sunrisers after the 42/6.Sammy played responsibility inning today.Sangakkara is the great captained in all time.so he and his team try to get wickets and create the presure for Royals..Sanga you can do it..

  • on April 27, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    That's right, make Sammy the skipper, he may not be the best batsman or bowler, but he sure knows how to motivate and make a team gel.

  • on April 27, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    The bowling today in the mid innings is below par. one would have expected Dravid to have used some spin against sammy, but just kept going with his regular pair. He could have got batsmen such as Amit thinking with an extra slip. The number of extras is inexcusable.

    Your playing the highest level, you're expected to be accurate. Even if you're hit, it doesn't matter if they are runs of good balls. Anyways, It will be good if RR win, but that now is doubtful, coz your opposition has edge and are coming all guns firing boys.

  • ladycricfan on April 27, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Fantastic recovery from 29/6. Now SRH has excellent chance to defend this score. Hope real Steyn turns up with the ball.

  • on April 27, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Once again SRH fumble back thanks to some EXTREMELY questionable captaincy and immature stuff from the opposition. Just when I was about to call RR a quality side, they throw part timers and keep away Chandila and Faulkner till the end. RR deserve to lose this one because they beat SRH in crappy decision making.

  • on April 27, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    This would be one of the greatest escapes in IPL if sunrises can pull of a Win. Sanga should have played the sheet anchor role allowing Dawan to go for the shots. Great innings by Sami, and kudos to the lower order for holdings things together !

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 27, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @Narbavi Akshath Reddy, S Dhawan all played atrocious shots. why not comment on them? Obviouly Sanga is a better captain and keeper so he deserves to be in the side than de Kock or white.

  • SurlyCynic on April 27, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    White should play instead of Sanga. At least White has had one good innings this season, and can clear the boundary. He was good last season too. Sanga has none of those factors.

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Would like to see those haters who were saying Sammy doesn't deserve to play? He is not even a proper batsman but helped his team from a nothing position to a respectable fighting position!!

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    @Samitha De Silva: Don't give excuses, he should have still played out a few overs before going for shots, this is basic cricket, he has also played test cricket, so are you telling me he can't play proper cricket?

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    This is Extremely weird tactics by RR. Instead of knocking SRH out, they are giving them a match with part timers to feed on. Why would one be defensive when a side is six down for 42? Chandila and Faulkner who have a runrate below 4.5 and six wickets between them are no where to be seen when they should be. Questionable captaincy from Dravid for the first time in IPL13.

    #Offence is the best Defense#

  • Htc-Android on April 27, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    What difference it would have made if De cock, white played. Both have a poor series. Common dont tell me either white/De cock would have scored a hunded if they played today.

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    narbavi; perera isn't solid player.he come and hit sixers and fours in last stage of the inning we can't expect anything else him.he isn't henry gayl.all the top orders in srh are fail and they need play more responsibilty till 11th over.but today it isn't..

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I seriously think RR missed a huge chance of knocking SRH out when they could have. Doesnt make sense why Faulkner and Chandila didnt bowl out earlier. Are they underestimating Sammy?? The guy can smash a 50 in 20 balls. Its weird to see partimers bowling when a side is 6 down!!!!

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Where is everyone who criticized Sangakara's omission now? Here he is, once again showing very poor form. SRH is a captain-less side with no one to lead and compose them. They are paying the price when they are finally being tested against quality sides. If Mumbai win today, SRH might even be pushed out of the TOP 4. With tough matches to follow, things don't look great for them.

  • Resultpredictor on April 27, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    This is the real face of Hyderabad team. Dont know how they won five matches till now. It surprises me that how the weakest team like hyderabad team be in top four. This is the real hyderabad team. Always loses and now they are staring at heaviest defeat in this tournament. Congrats Royals for emphatic victory.

  • ramaditya524 on April 27, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Win over rcb was not due to other teams mistakes, shyamji

  • ladycricfan on April 27, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    This is nightmare. Shall we wake up and start the game.

  • SurlyCynic on April 27, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Once again Sanga got out fending at a ball away from his body, that he didn't have to play, and that wouldn't have got him any runs. Very disappointing from a captain and senior player. How many more times is he going to fail? Time to retire Sanga.

  • SHYAM_AGRAWAL on April 27, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    the five wins of sunrisers were by mistake of other teams. they cannot win even a single match. there is no commitment or proper motivation. they need a good captain, which is absent now. atleast now they should make sammy the captain.

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    your team is on 19 for 4 in the fifth over, will anyone play a shot like Perera did in that situation? The guy's got talent but needs a lot of common sense to improve himself!!

  • Resultpredictor on April 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Hyderabad cannot win this match because Royals are playing at home and Royals are dangerous side at home . It will be very comfortable victory for Royals.

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Sangakkara or De kock doesn't make a difference does it? Both making only single digit scores!!

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Sangakkara or De kock doesn't make a difference does it? Both making only single digit scores!!

  • Resultpredictor on April 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Hyderabad cannot win this match because Royals are playing at home and Royals are dangerous side at home . It will be very comfortable victory for Royals.

  • Narbavi on April 27, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    your team is on 19 for 4 in the fifth over, will anyone play a shot like Perera did in that situation? The guy's got talent but needs a lot of common sense to improve himself!!

  • SHYAM_AGRAWAL on April 27, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    the five wins of sunrisers were by mistake of other teams. they cannot win even a single match. there is no commitment or proper motivation. they need a good captain, which is absent now. atleast now they should make sammy the captain.

  • SurlyCynic on April 27, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Once again Sanga got out fending at a ball away from his body, that he didn't have to play, and that wouldn't have got him any runs. Very disappointing from a captain and senior player. How many more times is he going to fail? Time to retire Sanga.

  • ladycricfan on April 27, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    This is nightmare. Shall we wake up and start the game.

  • ramaditya524 on April 27, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Win over rcb was not due to other teams mistakes, shyamji

  • Resultpredictor on April 27, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    This is the real face of Hyderabad team. Dont know how they won five matches till now. It surprises me that how the weakest team like hyderabad team be in top four. This is the real hyderabad team. Always loses and now they are staring at heaviest defeat in this tournament. Congrats Royals for emphatic victory.

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Where is everyone who criticized Sangakara's omission now? Here he is, once again showing very poor form. SRH is a captain-less side with no one to lead and compose them. They are paying the price when they are finally being tested against quality sides. If Mumbai win today, SRH might even be pushed out of the TOP 4. With tough matches to follow, things don't look great for them.

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I seriously think RR missed a huge chance of knocking SRH out when they could have. Doesnt make sense why Faulkner and Chandila didnt bowl out earlier. Are they underestimating Sammy?? The guy can smash a 50 in 20 balls. Its weird to see partimers bowling when a side is 6 down!!!!