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  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should play. Then we can have good bowling attack also.

    Steyn,B.Kumar, Sammy,Mishra,Pathan,I Sharma( if he bowls well).

    Pathan will also help in batting. Venu is also good.

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | April 19, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    David Warner played good little ODI innings with just 1 four. He was never comfortable attempting a big shot even that single four is not timed well.

  • POSTED BY Ishfaqkhan.jk on | April 19, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    The main probluem wd sunrisers hyderabad is their lack of confidence. Having naman, irfan and parvaiz on bench is nt fair. Have varity in bowling like mishr as legspiner parvaiz as off spiner 3 fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | April 19, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Haven't really seen Steyn produce in the IPL like he does for SA... Saw the online vote about Steyn being 'the most passionate player' but I don't think it's true re IPL at all. Think in the IPL those superstar players who really want it are just as important as those with exceptional talent. Otherwise, Hyderabad have a good squad. Sammy should not bowl because SRH have so many other options. Irfan Pathan should play as a batting allrounder. Both Sharmas bowled well. Not sure why SRH didn't hang on to Parthiv Patel and Perera but the top three will fire at some stage. Henriques and Holder should probably get a go and I think would have been more effective than Steyn on yesterday's pitch. Think Mitch's threat to him as the best fast bowler may encourage the real Dale Steyn to turn up...

  • POSTED BY gundapps on | April 19, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    SH likely would have won the match if Karn Sharma had bowled his remaining two overs. Accurate spinners, particularly leggies, are certainly needed by all teams to curb overseas power hitters like Maxwell, Miller, Finch etc. Eg. Tambe, Mishra, Karn Sharma, Badree, Rahul Sharma, Chahal etc. CSK have to somehow find a place for Badree

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 19, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Sunrisers 2 major weak spots were in clear view this game.1stly captaincy is big minus.Need a 'strong' capt. to pull through with weak bowling resourses.Yes,SRH are a 1 man bowling unit.Steyn apart rest of the pack-Bhuv,Mish,Ish-are mediocre @ best.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    RR needs to change their openers. Unmukt chand is the best opener they are having along with rahane. He is aggresive and very positive in his stroke play.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 19, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    And the saga continues - 4 dropped catches, 4 lost matches!

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Haha funny to see some comments about sunrisers... first thing is dhawan captaincy..what he did wrong the first question steyns 19th over is a good decison cause if bhuvi bowls that match could have finished in that over itself... And Kl rahul better than venu he hit a six and he tried a lot on a slow track we cant expect fireworks on this type of track every thing is good just a bad day.....

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 19, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    The table standings at the end of the first round are very much similar to the standings at the end of the tournament .I expect CSK to come in the top 4 though as they gave done it every time and now they have a more balanced side.They have the best batting after KXIP and RCB if gayle plays

  • POSTED BY fifer on | April 19, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Reasons for SRH's loss: didn't finish up Bhuvi's overs at the top when he's troubling the batsmen, Rahul batting ahead of VG Rao, not bowling Bhuvi in 19th over so that Styen bowls the last one, sammy's failure with bowl and bat, and the big 3 openers failure, to bat through & Dhawan's Captaincy! ;D

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Steve Smith has to play for Hodge, we are missing a great T20 player in him, and Abhishek Nayar needs to be dropped, his technique is horrible and he has never performed for any T20 team he has played for. We have to open with Unmukt Chand and Rahane.

  • POSTED BY rajkirp on | April 19, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    My best IPL XI after each team has completed 1 round of matches Ajinkya Rahane, Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli, Glen Maxwell, Yuvraj Singh, Stuart Binny, Rajat Bhatia, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | April 19, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Finch, Dhawan & Warner were pathetic. Sunrisers' bowlers again let down by poor batting from their supposed powerhouses. Dhawan's captaincy is no better than his batting. There is very good reason he was dropped from the Indian team. He will drag Sunrisers down. Give the job to Sammy!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    not enough score for hydbd bowlers to defend the match

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Hyderabad have a good bowling line up. But they can't win matches scoring 130s.. If only another 15 runs was scored, RR would have struggled. Moral of the story: even for a strong bowling unit you need atleast 150 runs to defend...

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | April 18, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    The name of IPL has been changed to IndianT20 League .This is a highly welcome move.

    Whoever responsible for changing the name deserves many a praise for doing this. This is an entertainer tobthEars.

    Consequently,the names of teams taking part in the Tournament also changed to as show hereunder: 1)mumbaiT20 2)chennait20,3)Kolkatta T20,4)delhiT20,5)Hyderabad T20,6)BangaloreT20,7)JaipurT20&8)

    This too is an entertainer to the Ears.

    One should hope that the above changes made would also reflect on the good & reasonable performance from the teams without affording any room for controversies.

    The teams who have earnedvtwo pointsveach until nowc are Kolkatta,Bangalore,Jaipur& Mohali.

    The case of Mohali was a big surprise which resulted in a mockery of big score of 200+ Thanks to Maxwell& Miller who could tear apart the bowling of Chennai thereby making the big hitters like Smith& MaCullum smaller. We could expect more & more of matches of this kind involving 6s& 4s.. Let us await.

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | April 18, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    Wherever DALE plays ,they don't win and will not do .....got it ......good luck

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    It is clear that India wasted the talent of Stuart Binny for not using him properly in the World T20

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 18, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Great match! Low scoring but riveting!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Hyd team will finish last on the table this year only coz Dhawan can keep out Irfan Pathan type of player then he should be replaced with Sammy.

    I really dont understand why Dhawan was given the Wisden Cricketer award this year after he has actually done nothing spectacular so far and he still has to imporve himself.

    Hyd team making Dhawan the captain is just a big sham.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 18, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    This years auction really played out well in balancing the teams well. I think Sehwag will come back well here. Batting stalwarts were toppled, bowling stalwarts were toppled... The only as usual result was RCB vs DD... Good start... but the lacking factor across teams is sub-par fielding both local and foreign players... shows lack of intent.

  • POSTED BY Sagar_Sharma on | April 18, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    With attacking spinners like Mishra and Karn in the team, it does not make sense for a captain to not bowl their full quota. Karn and Amit should have come to the attack right after 3rd wicket fell and exerted pressure on opposition. I think Dhawan needs to recollect what Ashwin and Mishra did in WT20 early this year. Sammy, with all due respect, is not a wicket taker. Besides Karn Sharma was bought for so much money for a reason. His performance speaks more than what anybody can say. Ditto goes for Amit Mishra.

    I hope next time Irfan is in the playing 11 and Sammy slams some bit hits. Both are handy batsmen in lower order and can bowl well too. Bringing Irfan adds variation too.

    Best of luck to Hyderabad for rest of the matches!!!

  • POSTED BY StuddSundar on | April 18, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Stuart Binny should be groomed for WC 2015. he is a good all rounder and will be handy in aus/nzl. Why didn't Shane Watson walk away when he nicked the ball to the keeper off Ishant's bowling? Thought he was one of the players with better sportsmanship. Anyways good match and RR finished as the better side.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Sunrisers dont have the right mix of players, too many wicket keepers, Too many top order batsman, not many middle order player, Moises should replace sammy, he is good middle order batsman, KL rahul is the top order batsman, I am not sure whether finch can play in the middle order, Naman Ojha can replace rahul, and Rasool should replace Rao, Rasool is a lower order batsman, Irfan must replace Ishant, By doing that they will have three genuine spinners and Four Genuine Fast Bowlers among those three are genuine allrounders (Moises, Rasool, Irfan), Their XI should be Dhawan, Finch, Warner, Moises, Naman, Rasool, Irfan, Karan Sharma, Steyn, Bhuvi, Amit Mishra. This XI will provide more stability, if they get pitch where there is more spin they will have three spinners backed by Steyn & others, if they get pitch where there is more pace, They will have seamers backed by spinners, if they Get pitch which is more batsman friendly, they have top order backed by irfan & others in the lower.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Sunrisers dont have the right mix of players, too many wicket keepers, Too many top order batsman, not many middle order player, Moises should replace sammy, he is good middle order batsman, KL rahul is the top order batsman, I am not sure whether finch can play in the middle order, Naman Ojha can replace rahul, and Rasool should replace Rao, Rasool is a lower order batsman, Irfan must replace Ishant, By doing that they will have three genuine spinners and Four Genuine Fast Bowlers among those three are genuine allrounders (Moises, Rasool, Irfan), Their XI should be Dhawan, Finch, Warner, Moises, Naman, Rasool, Irfan, Karan Sharma, Steyn, Bhuvi, Amit Mishra. This XI will provide more stability, if they get pitch where there is more spin they will have three spinners backed by Steyn & others, if they get pitch where there is more pace, They will have seamers backed by spinners, if they Get pitch which is more batsman friendly, they have top order backed by irfan & others in the lower.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 18, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Players like Rahane, Binny, Rohit Sharma are just IPL material.. They r not for international standard.. Every Player must learn from Virat Kohli how to rule on Bowlers n make runs...

  • POSTED BY CricketMakdi on | April 18, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Irfan is the worst bowler, leaving out Irfan is good decision.

    He avgs at 119 KMPH nowadays and his batting has become pretty ordinary. Do you need him in the team?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 18, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Players like Rahane, Binny, Rohit Sharma are just IPL material.. They r not for international standard.. Every Player must learn from Virat Kohli how to rule on Bowlers n make runs...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 18, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    rahane is the new rohit sharma. ...plays well for royals but struggles for india...

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Bad selection. No firepower in the middle order except Sammy. Last year they had Thissara to support Sammy for late flourish. A quick 15-20 would be very handy. Rasool or Irfan has to be included for that very reason.

  • POSTED BY Anurag_Chandak on | April 18, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Irfan bats/slogs better than Venugopal Rao. Surely SRH can find a way to get Irfan in the 11. He started as a bowler, but now, his bowling skills are just a value addition to his batting.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    amazing ! how can they leave out irfan. should have gone for venu gopal that would have given one more bowling option.

  • POSTED BY washingtonindian on | April 18, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    WOW, Irfan left out, Never got enough chances as others got, Like the Dhoni boys, He could have became the Allrounder India is still looking for. I think he played a major role during the 2007 T20 world cup which India WON..

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Ishant's hair gives him a fiery look. But in actual matches he often fizzles. Irafan is a wily bowler and way better when it comes to handling the willow. It will not be long before Irfan is back in the swing of things. This was just one match among many.

  • POSTED BY NikSaid on | April 18, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Oh, SRH could easily have Anirudha for Rao, Naman Ohja for Rahul and Irfan for Ishant! Anyday!! Shocked they went in with B-team when A-team is THERE!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    hyderabad is relying more on pace bowling, steyn, bhuvi, irfan and ishant; just mishy as a spinner; they might one more quality spinner on sub continent pitches..

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | April 18, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Agree with you Muzammil Syed, Irfan is far more economical than Ishant sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    On any day irfan pathan is far better than ishant sharma....ishant sharma after playing years of international cricket is still not the leading spearhead of Indian bowling unit...spearhead title still lies with old gun zaheer khan....bad choice Hyderabad for picking ishant over irfan!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Hyderabad fav to win !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Irfan Pathan should play. Then we can have good bowling attack also.

    Steyn,B.Kumar, Sammy,Mishra,Pathan,I Sharma( if he bowls well).

    Pathan will also help in batting. Venu is also good.

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | April 19, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    David Warner played good little ODI innings with just 1 four. He was never comfortable attempting a big shot even that single four is not timed well.

  • POSTED BY Ishfaqkhan.jk on | April 19, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    The main probluem wd sunrisers hyderabad is their lack of confidence. Having naman, irfan and parvaiz on bench is nt fair. Have varity in bowling like mishr as legspiner parvaiz as off spiner 3 fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | April 19, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Haven't really seen Steyn produce in the IPL like he does for SA... Saw the online vote about Steyn being 'the most passionate player' but I don't think it's true re IPL at all. Think in the IPL those superstar players who really want it are just as important as those with exceptional talent. Otherwise, Hyderabad have a good squad. Sammy should not bowl because SRH have so many other options. Irfan Pathan should play as a batting allrounder. Both Sharmas bowled well. Not sure why SRH didn't hang on to Parthiv Patel and Perera but the top three will fire at some stage. Henriques and Holder should probably get a go and I think would have been more effective than Steyn on yesterday's pitch. Think Mitch's threat to him as the best fast bowler may encourage the real Dale Steyn to turn up...

  • POSTED BY gundapps on | April 19, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    SH likely would have won the match if Karn Sharma had bowled his remaining two overs. Accurate spinners, particularly leggies, are certainly needed by all teams to curb overseas power hitters like Maxwell, Miller, Finch etc. Eg. Tambe, Mishra, Karn Sharma, Badree, Rahul Sharma, Chahal etc. CSK have to somehow find a place for Badree

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 19, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Sunrisers 2 major weak spots were in clear view this game.1stly captaincy is big minus.Need a 'strong' capt. to pull through with weak bowling resourses.Yes,SRH are a 1 man bowling unit.Steyn apart rest of the pack-Bhuv,Mish,Ish-are mediocre @ best.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    RR needs to change their openers. Unmukt chand is the best opener they are having along with rahane. He is aggresive and very positive in his stroke play.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 19, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    And the saga continues - 4 dropped catches, 4 lost matches!

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Haha funny to see some comments about sunrisers... first thing is dhawan captaincy..what he did wrong the first question steyns 19th over is a good decison cause if bhuvi bowls that match could have finished in that over itself... And Kl rahul better than venu he hit a six and he tried a lot on a slow track we cant expect fireworks on this type of track every thing is good just a bad day.....

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 19, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    The table standings at the end of the first round are very much similar to the standings at the end of the tournament .I expect CSK to come in the top 4 though as they gave done it every time and now they have a more balanced side.They have the best batting after KXIP and RCB if gayle plays

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Hyderabad fav to win !!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    On any day irfan pathan is far better than ishant sharma....ishant sharma after playing years of international cricket is still not the leading spearhead of Indian bowling unit...spearhead title still lies with old gun zaheer khan....bad choice Hyderabad for picking ishant over irfan!!!

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | April 18, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Agree with you Muzammil Syed, Irfan is far more economical than Ishant sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    hyderabad is relying more on pace bowling, steyn, bhuvi, irfan and ishant; just mishy as a spinner; they might one more quality spinner on sub continent pitches..

  • POSTED BY NikSaid on | April 18, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Oh, SRH could easily have Anirudha for Rao, Naman Ohja for Rahul and Irfan for Ishant! Anyday!! Shocked they went in with B-team when A-team is THERE!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Ishant's hair gives him a fiery look. But in actual matches he often fizzles. Irafan is a wily bowler and way better when it comes to handling the willow. It will not be long before Irfan is back in the swing of things. This was just one match among many.

  • POSTED BY washingtonindian on | April 18, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    WOW, Irfan left out, Never got enough chances as others got, Like the Dhoni boys, He could have became the Allrounder India is still looking for. I think he played a major role during the 2007 T20 world cup which India WON..

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    amazing ! how can they leave out irfan. should have gone for venu gopal that would have given one more bowling option.

  • POSTED BY Anurag_Chandak on | April 18, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Irfan bats/slogs better than Venugopal Rao. Surely SRH can find a way to get Irfan in the 11. He started as a bowler, but now, his bowling skills are just a value addition to his batting.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Bad selection. No firepower in the middle order except Sammy. Last year they had Thissara to support Sammy for late flourish. A quick 15-20 would be very handy. Rasool or Irfan has to be included for that very reason.

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi April 18, 2014

Rajasthan secure final-over victory

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran
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'Hyderabad batting lost it in middle overs'

Rajasthan 135 for 6 (Rahane 59, Binny 48*) beat Hyderabad 133 for 6 (Dhawan 38) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Hyderabad will be sick of the sight of Australia allrounder James Faulkner. Last year, he took five-wickets hauls in two encounters against Hyderabad, and though this time he didn't make an impact with the ball, he secured a final-over victory by coolly cracking his first two balls for boundaries. It completed a day where 205 was easily hunted down in the afternoon by Punjab, but Rajasthan huffed and puffed to overhaul 133.

After Glenn Maxwell and Co. had cruised past Chennai's huge score in the first game of the day, Rajasthan captain Shane Watson had, half-jokingly, said at the toss that he would be happy to chase anything below 200. His team was given a score substantially below 200, but the pursuit was anything but smooth as Hyderabad lived up to their reputation of being tenacious defenders.

Rajasthan sprung a surprise by sending Abhishek Nayar opening, and he began by coaxing the first ball from Dale Steyn through cover for four. That was among the few controlled shots from Rajasthan in the Powerplay as Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma had the ball swerving around under lights. Nayar was dismissed third ball while Sanju Samson barely middled a ball in his troubled stay before chipping a catch to mid-off in the fourth over.

That brought together the key pair of Watson and Ajinkya Rahane. Bhuvneshwar bowled an outstanding sixth over, beating the bat three times, twice with the ball leaving the batsman and once cutting in. Perhaps it was that pressure that helped Ishant dismiss Watson - who had a strike-rate of 227.77 against him - for the first time in the IPL, leaving Rajasthan at 31 for 3.

Rahane played and missed, had plenty of inside edges and outside edges, was dropped early at first slip, was struck on the helmet by Ishant, but he stuck it out through the difficult phase and kept Rajasthan in the game with a half-century. Even that landmark came through an outside edge to the third-man boundary.

Stuart Binny, the only other Rajasthan batsman to reach double figures, took on the weak link, Darren Sammy, early on but with the asking-rate never too high, he made sure he tucked the ball around to keep the score moving - he had only one dot ball in the final 14 he faced. He found the googlies from the legspinners, Amit Mishra and Karn Sharma, hard to read but his combative 77-run stand with Rahane kept the game tight.

Rahane finally fell in the 16th over, and Rajasthan's finisher Brad Hodge flailed against spin before perishing for an eight-ball 1. Mishra got both those big scalps, and Hyderabad were sensing a win. Steyn removed Rajat Bhatia, but with eight needed in the final over, Faulkner finished off the game with three deliveries to spare.

Hyderabad's fancied batting, with a top three reading Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch and David Warner, also had a tough time of it. Though Dhawan and Warner hit 30s, neither could really get going, scoring only at around a run-a-ball. Cameos from KL Rahul and Venugopal Rao took them to 133, though the line-up filled with big-hitters managed only two sixes all innings. Their team mentor, VVS Laxman, felt the total was 20-25 short, but the bowlers made Rajasthan scrap for the win.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo