Royals v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Ahmedabad May 8, 2014

Sunrisers defend 134 with ease

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Huddle - 'Rajasthan misread the pitch'

Sunrisers Hyderabad 134 for 9 (Dhawan 33, Watson 3-13, Bhatia 3-23) beat Rajasthan Royals 102 (Bhuvneshwar 4-14, Steyn 2-31) by 32 runs
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Sunrisers Hyderabad had done this in their inaugural IPL season in 2013 as well. Their batsmen would struggle to a middling total, but the bowlers would come out and defend it with considerable margins to spare. They did it again in Ahmedabad tonight. Their batting crumbled after a strong start of 55 for 1 to post 134 for 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Ajinkya Rahane off the third ball of the chase, and Royals were never allowed to get away. Just how difficult Sunrisers made it was evident from the fact that Royals managed one boundary after the seventh over.

Karun Nair and Sanju Samson had hit a few till that point, against the pace of Dale Steyn too. The second-wicket stand was soon cut short on 27 by the fast bowler when he had Nair caught behind with an outswinger. That was to be the only partnership that held promise for Royals.

The legspinners Amit Mishra and Karn Sharma were brought on, and Royals stalled. Samson stepped out in Karn's first over to be bowled by a straighter one. Despite no pressure yet from the asking-rate, Royals kept going for their shots. Moises Henriques had spent six games on the bench for Sunrisers. He was included tonight in place of Darren Sammy, and had Watson caught behind on the cut with his third ball.

From 41 for 4, Steven Smith and Stuart Binny were tied down by the legspinners. Mishra had been comically run out earlier after getting reprieved twice off the same delivery. He has been uncharacteristically expensive this season, and was left out for Sunrisers' previous match. He hit back with a spell of four overs on the trot for 13 runs. The batsmen were unable to pick his googly, and he was unfortunate not to have had Binny ruled caught behind.

Royals continued to slip when David Warner found Binny short with a direct hit after a slow 37-run stand. The asking-rate touched almost 11 by the time Mishra finished in the 15th over, and Steyn had Smith holing out in the deep for 22 off 33 in the next over. Bhuvneshwar ran through the lower order to finish with 4 for 14.

Royals seemed to have set up a straightforward chase for themselves at the halfway mark. Shikhar Dhawan had begun with a flurry of boundaries through the off side in an opening partnership worth 37 in four overs. However, for the fourth time in seven innings, he fell in the thirties, bowled by Shane Watson off the last ball of the fourth over.

Rajat Bhatia's slower ones were hard to score off again, and Sunrisers lost Aaron Finch, KL Rahul and Naman Ojha to him. David Warner was shunted down to No 5 to try and shore up the middle order, but was done in by Pravin Tambe's googly.

As if all these setbacks were not enough, Sunrisers lost Henriques and Karn off successive balls to give Watson a hat-trick when he came back in the 17th for his second over. Irfan Pathan scraped an unbeaten run-a-ball 21, but it was the bowlers' fight that was to win it for Sunrisers.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BustIPL on May 9, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Hitting few boundaries to steyn in a fun game does not mean that Samson etc. are great batsmen and Steyn is not a world class tormentor. Please do not take IPLers too seriously otherwise another whitewash 5-0 is on the horizon.

  • on May 9, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    nice winning match

  • BustIPL on May 9, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Mistakenly, Royals relied too much on indian resources and Watson had to do the workload after scoring a hat trick. Royals need more foreign players who can hit out better. Anyway, a boring game of cricket.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on May 9, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    anirudh srikanth is good option, he opened for CSK few times and performed well.

  • on May 9, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    i think its time for steyn n sammy to riseup. look for an indian middle order batsman in transfer window and replace with ishant who never rises for any challenge.

  • on May 9, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Dale steyn is not even a good bowler - forget about great. He is all emotions and no performance. Of course there are indian people who keep finding excuses like flat wickets to make his performance look great. All indian bowlers are among top wicket takers - what abt overrated foreigners??

  • AjitDJ on May 9, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Bhuvi is a superb hire by the Sunrisers.

    Now let's swap Ishant Sharma for a good middle order Indian bat.

  • muni1175 on May 9, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    First of all Congrats for SRH for defending their favorite 130+ score ....It will be always good if score 150+ to defend with their so called world class bowling and that is fact.

    We need out of 3 big guns one should fire at top and middle order...bring Anirudha srikanth in place of rahul for a change to see how it works...from here they minimum need 4 wins out of 7 to qualify to next round...srikanth won 2 macthes for CSK in previous IPL ...

    SRH: FINCH,DHAWAN,OJHA,WARNER,ANIRUDHA,SAMMY/HENRIQUES,PATHAN,KARAN,STEYN,BUVI,AMIT MISHRA

  • saithesailor on May 9, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    RR needs to get in HODGE in place of Richardson who has not done much with bat or ball. The might also think of roping in Kevon Cooper in the playing 11 as on slow tracks , his pace is suitable as we have seen in the last IPL.

  • AshwinMS on May 9, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @PHILIP_0132 You are right about his batting.But this is t20 format,you can't bat like how Dravid used to.And everyone thrown their wicket away this time.

  • BustIPL on May 9, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Hitting few boundaries to steyn in a fun game does not mean that Samson etc. are great batsmen and Steyn is not a world class tormentor. Please do not take IPLers too seriously otherwise another whitewash 5-0 is on the horizon.

  • on May 9, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    nice winning match

  • BustIPL on May 9, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Mistakenly, Royals relied too much on indian resources and Watson had to do the workload after scoring a hat trick. Royals need more foreign players who can hit out better. Anyway, a boring game of cricket.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on May 9, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    anirudh srikanth is good option, he opened for CSK few times and performed well.

  • on May 9, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    i think its time for steyn n sammy to riseup. look for an indian middle order batsman in transfer window and replace with ishant who never rises for any challenge.

  • on May 9, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Dale steyn is not even a good bowler - forget about great. He is all emotions and no performance. Of course there are indian people who keep finding excuses like flat wickets to make his performance look great. All indian bowlers are among top wicket takers - what abt overrated foreigners??

  • AjitDJ on May 9, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Bhuvi is a superb hire by the Sunrisers.

    Now let's swap Ishant Sharma for a good middle order Indian bat.

  • muni1175 on May 9, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    First of all Congrats for SRH for defending their favorite 130+ score ....It will be always good if score 150+ to defend with their so called world class bowling and that is fact.

    We need out of 3 big guns one should fire at top and middle order...bring Anirudha srikanth in place of rahul for a change to see how it works...from here they minimum need 4 wins out of 7 to qualify to next round...srikanth won 2 macthes for CSK in previous IPL ...

    SRH: FINCH,DHAWAN,OJHA,WARNER,ANIRUDHA,SAMMY/HENRIQUES,PATHAN,KARAN,STEYN,BUVI,AMIT MISHRA

  • saithesailor on May 9, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    RR needs to get in HODGE in place of Richardson who has not done much with bat or ball. The might also think of roping in Kevon Cooper in the playing 11 as on slow tracks , his pace is suitable as we have seen in the last IPL.

  • AshwinMS on May 9, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    @PHILIP_0132 You are right about his batting.But this is t20 format,you can't bat like how Dravid used to.And everyone thrown their wicket away this time.

  • pitch_curator on May 9, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    @ Graham - The only way Brendon Taylor gets a chance is by dropping either Warner or Finch. Steyn is a must and Henriques/Sammy is also a must to have bowling options. Finch is the # 1 ranked player in t20 in the world and it would be foolish to drop him. Warner is doing just about ok. The problem with SRH is that they don't have any decent Indian batsman sitting on the bench who can utilise the open slot (as Taylor keeps as well) even if Warner is dropped. This is the best batting line up SRH can put on the park and they need every run these guys score. Frankly Finch has been a disappointment as I thought he would win us 3-4 games on his own based on his performance on the India tour and his T20 record. He has been able to win one match till now and failed badly in the other games. We need him to win us 2 more games in the leagues at least. The only change that can be done to this team is to bring in Rasool and drop Mishra on quack batting tracks as Mishra is a proven failure there

  • on May 9, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    that was playing squash by sanju and faulker to runout mishra!!

  • Marcel_Ci on May 9, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    despite playing in IPL & domestic seasons over the years sanjoo samson is still not using his brain... everytime he throws away his wicket. I don't know wat they learn from other contemporaries & rahul dravid as mentor.... if he keeps doing like this it would b vry difficult to come in International arena. he has to bring maturity in his batting.

  • anver777 on May 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    A good game !!! Sunrisers bowlers did a fantastic job in defending a below par 134.. "HATRICK" of throws to run out Amit Mishra was a rare scene & i guess may be 1st instance in any cricket !!!!!

  • sreehk on May 9, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    I think the SRH franchise purchasers at the auction must be sadistic, who gain pleasure watching their side dying, fighting, and scraping for every win defending or restricting teams to lower totals! Otherwise what explains the lack of batting resources even after new auction. If only they had two reliable middle order batsmen, they would have been a force to reckon with. They are still struggling to find both their batting and bowling balance. This time Warner at 5, Ojha at 4, Henriques in and Sammy out tells a story. Do not understand how they complicate things. Tom Moody should try to keep it simple to strengthen middle order:

    Dhawan,Ojha,Warner,Sammy,Henriques,Rahul,Pathan,Karn,Mishra,Steyn,Kumar

  • Greatest_Game on May 9, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    @ Nampally thinks that "Brendon Taylor played the first 2 games but failed in batting."

    From where do you get your information? According to the match scorecards and the team stats, Brendan Taylor has NOT PLAYED A SINGLE IPL MATCH IN 2014!!! Which IPL are you watching? Ross Taylor opened the season bating for for Delhi, but he is from New Zealand, his name is Ross, and he plays for Delhi. We are talking about Brendan, from Zimbabwe, & he is in the Sunrisers' squad.

    If you are going to lecture people - GET THE FACTS RIGHT! If you have no idea of what is going on, don't contradict other contributors with false information.

    Below are the Sunsisers stats for 2014. If a player took the field, his name would be in the record. Brendan Taylor's is NOT!

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2014/engine/records/averages/batting_bowling_by_team.html?id=8827;team=5143;type=tournament

  • Marcel_Ci on May 9, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    very nicely defended by SRH. Only CSK could defend low totals in IPL but SRH proved that they also can do that.... good going....

  • on May 9, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    this one of the bad day fOR RR...we still l9ve u guys

  • Siva_Bala75 on May 9, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    RR loses by 32 runs against SRH's smallish 134! This has almost the same 'NRR effect' when CSK lost to KXIP chasing 232. RR has to still win 3 out of the next 5 or a 60% win ratio and with a reasonable NRR to make it to the play offs. People should stop blaming Dhoni who has redeemed the situation well. CSK's 'cut loss' is way better than the 'knock out' that RR suffered.

  • Jagger on May 9, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    As sure as day it is very clear. Any team with Watson batting so high is going to ask themselves: why is such a damaging lower order hitter batting so high up the order? Do we expect him to get a hat trick AND make all the runs at a freakish rate? Quite frankly, Watson ain't no Kallis folks. He is a better bowler than he is batsman, always has been, and now that his pace is gone his results are very inconsistent. Not a good enough batsman to bat in the top 4 and drags everyone else down in the process. A momentum killer extraordinaire.

    Interesting to see, as captain, it's the best he's bowled in a long, long time. Not casting aspersions, that's just how it looks to me....

    I think the cricketing world would prefer to see Watson spanking balls over the fence than attempting to block straight balls, missing completely and getting clean bowled or lbw.

  • on May 9, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    The global fans should advocate that the Team playing XI should be altered. 6 International Players and 5 Indians should be the combination. International players are better athletes and watching an excellent fielding display is one of the greatest thrills of T20 IPL. More International players will make IPL more attractive to Cricket fans world wide.

  • on May 9, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    well done bhuvi.... so glad to see some indian fast bowler perfoming constantly good... keep working hard, we need good fast bowlers in indian team....

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 9, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    7 Aussies on both sides, too many all rounders, they need some solid batsman. RR is like every one is an all rounder, at least 5 who does bat and bowl in each match. Where is their umbrella man? SRH sort of batsman as well.

  • on May 8, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    still not sure what the highlights of this ipl so far:(votes pls)\

    1: Chris Lynn's catch 2. Amit Mishra's most comical runout ever

  • Nampally on May 8, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    @graham: Brendon Taylor played the first 2 games but failed in batting. Each club is allowed only 4 foreign players. If Taylor comes in, it has to be at the expense of either of the 2 all rounders, Sammy or Henriques. Ojha's inclusion allows the option of choosing the best 4 foreign players to meet the needs of an average SRH Team. Ojha is a fine WK & does an adequate job. He got about 18 runs in today's match + a couple of catches behind the wkts. So his performance does not match your wording: "Fails match after match". SRH is one of the few teams in which all XI players need to contribute. Today all six bowlers used bowled accurately & economically to defend a relatively low SRH total. There was excellent support from all fielders in all catches & Run out. But Taylor will get his chance & he should grab it by putting up a good score which justifies his spot amongst 4 foreign players.

  • InnocentGuy on May 8, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    This does a world of good for CSK (obv, CSK fan here). This keeps them above the pack for slightly longer.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 8, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Brad Hodge should come in Smith's place. Hodge is too good a player to be left out for this many matches.

  • on May 8, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    There is something with the SRH and the 130s. Anything more they do not defend.

  • Sudhir65 on May 8, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Great game by SRH bowlers. Good to see Indian bowlers doing well.

  • GrindAR on May 8, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    SRH is gettings its old habbits

  • on May 8, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    The legend that is Pravin Tambe rolls on and on.

  • on May 8, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Here is a perfect exhibition of srh excellent bolling attack winning a t20 match. We have seen it before, and today it was non other than the same. This give away nothing attitude is one thing missing with srh's previous games. Wish to see this perfomence more often. Yet they have to work more on there batting because this is a team with full of big hitters,so consistency is more important. Once again Moises was a good selection for the team,he certainly gives you an extra dimension. Best of luck for the next games.

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    It is very confusing when I see Ahmadabad instead of Rajastan royals. Please either use this or that not both. If India is playing south africa, do we say Delhi vs cape town? no rite?

  • ssrinivas19 on May 8, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    i wonder when Parvez Rasool gets a chance to play. I believe he is an all rounder, maybe he can replace Ojha or Pathan.

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Bhuvaneswar Kumar at his best.. He and Steyn had really bowled well in the first half of their bowling and later pressure built on the batsmen made them to go for shots and loosing up with the wickets. Bad luck watson your Hat trick doesn't count great for the match....

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    If brade hodge would have been there RR would have won

  • vkumar_086 on May 8, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Rajasthan give up one easy winning match...probably by some mistakes...1.Too much defensive batting by Binny and Smith, could not able to score run a ball 2.They failed to send Faulkner up the order before smith 3.Lightly taking the opposition bowling attack 4. Binny did not walk even after he knew that he was out (karma)....we have seen this type of incidents in Asia cup and T20 World cup 5. Very disciplined bowling attack by SRH bowlers, especially Bhuvi, the most economist bowler so far in the tournament

    Very eagerly waiting for tomorrow's KXIP Vs RCB match, should be very interesting....Gayle Vs Maxwell

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    either a flick or a nick would go srh way when the bowlers blow like that bowlers economies below 5 risers rocking and put curtains down on rr

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Good job SRH..i would still prefer to see Sammy as a captain than Dhawan..RR..well it was an off day for you..all the best for the remaining matches!!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Shane Watson says. "But more than anything, we misread the conditions a bit. I take the full responsibility for that as a captain. We are learning about these conditions, will get better. There weren't too many bad shots, just that the high-quality balls. They have world-class bowlers." but dhoni said after loss

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Overconfidence took RR out. I dont understand why Watson is batting at 4 if u have Smith,Binny and Sanju in middle order. Or Stop playing loose shots.

  • Nampally on May 8, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    A magnificent show of bowling by the SRH resulted in their defence of a really modest total of 134 vs. RR. Mishra brought back after his wayward spell in the previous 4 matches returned with 4-0-13-0 while Kumar put up a brilliant spell of controlled swing bowling to return 4-0-14-4. A MOM performance indeed. They were ably supported by Karn Sharma & Steyn with Pathan & Henriques also contributing with wkts. SRH wasted a flying start given by skipper Dhawan with 35 @ S/R of over 160. The 3 overseas players Finch, Warner & Henriques were poor with contributions of 6,9,9. So it was like back to 2013 again for SRH where they repeatedly defended their low batting scores with excellent & economical bowling. RR batting just did not have any answer to SRH bowling which strifled them so badly that from 82 for 4 they collapsed with Kumar dismissing 3 of them in one over! A fine teamwork by SRH - an essential requirement in T20 victories. Well done SRH - with special honours to Dhawan & Kumar.

  • Pindia on May 8, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Great win for SRH, the best bowling side steps up. Henriques was needed as a bowler. Clearly all the batters need to step up. Not sure if I would stick with Rahul or not, maybe only as keeper. Presumably Srikanth junior deserves a shot? Could give Sammy a go later in the tournament but for now stick with Henriques as a misfiring Sammy with the bat cannot be compensated with his bowling. They should also keep the three power batters at the top, only one I might move down is Shikhar to combat some spin. Still waiting for the batters to all click and then a 200+ is possible but for now am happy with the Hyderabad of last season defending tiny totals...

  • AshwinMS on May 8, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Well Watson goes,let's see what Smith got now.Go royals

  • grahaam on May 8, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Brendon Taylor sitting on the bench ...match after match, while Ohja fails match after match...Sunrisers should use their squad not their favorites

  • AshwinMS on May 8, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Lol that run out of Mishra!

  • on May 8, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    dhwan power gone last 6months onwards he srugling..odi and t20 should change .he is good in test level...ithink gambir is right choice or uttappa

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  • on May 8, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    dhwan power gone last 6months onwards he srugling..odi and t20 should change .he is good in test level...ithink gambir is right choice or uttappa

  • AshwinMS on May 8, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Lol that run out of Mishra!

  • grahaam on May 8, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Brendon Taylor sitting on the bench ...match after match, while Ohja fails match after match...Sunrisers should use their squad not their favorites

  • AshwinMS on May 8, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Well Watson goes,let's see what Smith got now.Go royals

  • Pindia on May 8, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Great win for SRH, the best bowling side steps up. Henriques was needed as a bowler. Clearly all the batters need to step up. Not sure if I would stick with Rahul or not, maybe only as keeper. Presumably Srikanth junior deserves a shot? Could give Sammy a go later in the tournament but for now stick with Henriques as a misfiring Sammy with the bat cannot be compensated with his bowling. They should also keep the three power batters at the top, only one I might move down is Shikhar to combat some spin. Still waiting for the batters to all click and then a 200+ is possible but for now am happy with the Hyderabad of last season defending tiny totals...

  • Nampally on May 8, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    A magnificent show of bowling by the SRH resulted in their defence of a really modest total of 134 vs. RR. Mishra brought back after his wayward spell in the previous 4 matches returned with 4-0-13-0 while Kumar put up a brilliant spell of controlled swing bowling to return 4-0-14-4. A MOM performance indeed. They were ably supported by Karn Sharma & Steyn with Pathan & Henriques also contributing with wkts. SRH wasted a flying start given by skipper Dhawan with 35 @ S/R of over 160. The 3 overseas players Finch, Warner & Henriques were poor with contributions of 6,9,9. So it was like back to 2013 again for SRH where they repeatedly defended their low batting scores with excellent & economical bowling. RR batting just did not have any answer to SRH bowling which strifled them so badly that from 82 for 4 they collapsed with Kumar dismissing 3 of them in one over! A fine teamwork by SRH - an essential requirement in T20 victories. Well done SRH - with special honours to Dhawan & Kumar.

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Overconfidence took RR out. I dont understand why Watson is batting at 4 if u have Smith,Binny and Sanju in middle order. Or Stop playing loose shots.

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Shane Watson says. "But more than anything, we misread the conditions a bit. I take the full responsibility for that as a captain. We are learning about these conditions, will get better. There weren't too many bad shots, just that the high-quality balls. They have world-class bowlers." but dhoni said after loss

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Good job SRH..i would still prefer to see Sammy as a captain than Dhawan..RR..well it was an off day for you..all the best for the remaining matches!!!

  • on May 8, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    either a flick or a nick would go srh way when the bowlers blow like that bowlers economies below 5 risers rocking and put curtains down on rr