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Rajasthan secure final-over victory

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.

Final-over finisher

161

Faulkner's strike rate in the last over of a T20 innings - 58 off 36 balls

Slow scoring

46

Number of balls Rahane needed to score his fifty - the slowest ever for Rajasthan

Milestone nearing

16

Number of runs Brad Hodge needs to score to become the first batsman to 6000 runs in all T20 cricket

Favourable situation

36

Rajasthan’s average score while batting second in the last 5 overs of the innings. They need 32 today

Mishra v Rahane

2

Number of times Amit Mishra has dismissed Rahane in four innings

Powerplay performers

6.41

Hyderabad’s economy rate while bowling in the Powerplay. This is the best for any team in the league

Watson v Ishant

227.77

Watson’s strike rate against Ishant in the league - 41 runs off 18 balls without being dismissed even once

Rahane v Steyn

26.92

Rahane’s strike rate against Steyn in this tournament. He has scored 7 runs off 26 balls and been dismissed twice

Defending low totals

3

Number of times Hyderabad successfully defended scores of less than 140 in the 2013 season in four attempts

Chasing stats

65

Rajasthan’s win percentage in matches when they are batting second (33 of 51 matches)

Bogey team

4

Number of times Hyderabad have failed to score 150 against Rajasthan, despite batting first in all the games

Final-overs stats

43

Runs scored by Hyderabad in the last 5 overs of this match. This is also Hyderabad's average score for the last 5 overs

Another power finisher

170

Darren Sammy’s strike rate in the last 5 overs of an innings in this tournament.