68th match (N), Hyderabad (Deccan), May 17 2013, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 137)113/9
Sunrisers won by 23 runs
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• The Report by Sidharth Monga

Sunrisers take lead in playoff race, Royals miss out on top two

Sunrisers Hyderabad gave themselves a lead over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the race for the final spot in the IPL playoffs with a comprehensive win over the troubled Rajasthan Royals

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Scores: Sanjay Murari
Comms: Suneer Chowdhary
Scorecard summary
Sunrisers Hyderabad136/9(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals113/9(20 overs)
end of over 2011 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 113/9CRR: 5.65 
Siddharth Trivedi0 (1)
Pravin Tambe3 (6)
Dale Steyn 4-0-17-2
Thisara Perera 3-0-25-2

That ends Rajasthan's league engagements and they now have a bit of a break before they play their playoffs game. Should do them good, as they now await one of Bangalore or Hyderabad. That also ends my stint at the commentary tonight, hope you had a decent time. Thanks for all your comments too, have a very good night!


Hyderabad win by 23 runs in the end, with Rajasthan almost never looking like they were in the game chasing that score of 136. The required-rate kept creeping up all the time and the loss of wickets made it even more difficult for them.

With this win, Hyderabad now have 18 points (check points table here) and they go two clear of Bangalore. This not only means that Punjab have now been knocked out, but also that Bangalore needs to win their last game against Chennai in order to remain in the tournament.

mik: "Surprise to see no appreciation for Biplab Samantray. The lad has top scored and won two matches for Sunrisers. Proud of our this Oriya lad :)"

vikram: "This results means that CSK and MI are the top two teams this they will play the qualifier 1 and also are into the champions league...."

Ravi Varma: "What if hyderabad is in 4th position after all the matches and wins their next three matches(Qualifier 1,Qualifier2 and final) ? they still not eligible for champions league?" The winner of the Eliminator match will go through to the main draw of the Champions League along with Chennai and Mumbai. The losing team in that Eliminator will qualify for the Champions League qualifiers.

Hari: "You didn't mention this. This RR's loss made sure CSK and MI will end up in top two and will play the first qualifier." Yep, that too, thanks!



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.

Steyn to Trivedi, no run

short of length outside the off and he looks to poke at it, beaten, Hyderabad have won it comfortably in the end

Steyn to Tambe, 1 run

fuller on the middle and it's tapped to the deep mid-wicket area for a single

Hasan: "@Suneer: Just want to know the rules about player retention in next years many players can a team retain???" The retention-rules are yet to be released.

Steyn to Cooper, OUT

and again, he throws his bat at it and gets the toe of the bat through to the deep point fielder, who takes a straight-forward catch

Kevon Cooper c Samantray b Steyn 26 (12b 3x4 1x6) SR: 216.66
Steyn to Cooper, FOUR runs

gives himself and absolutely tonks it through wide long-off, Sammy rushes across to stop it and it's gone through him here, poor effort from the fielder

Steyn to Cooper, FOUR runs

and four more for Cooper, fuller outside the off stump and slices it over point for a four

Steyn to Cooper, 2 runs

yorker length, a tad too full and he takes it as a full-toss and drills it through the covers

end of over 1914 runs
RR: 102/8CRR: 5.36 RRR: 35.00
Kevon Cooper16 (8)
Pravin Tambe2 (5)
Thisara Perera 3-0-25-2
Dale Steyn 3-0-6-1
Perera to Cooper, 1 run

a slower ball and that's clubbed to long-on for a single

Perera to Cooper, FOUR runs

and now he's hit over the in-field behind square for a four, it was fuller and gets some width again, the thick edge takes it to the vacant deep third-man area

Perera to Cooper, 2 runs

quicker and yorker length, he manages to get some bat on it and rolls across to the deep mid-wicket region for a couple

Perera to Cooper, no run

and swings across the line this time, is a very slow ball and that's beaten him, through to the keeper

Perera to Cooper, SIX runs

tonked it away and for a six! it was a very full ball and he's give it his all, the width of the delivery allows him to swing it away and gets it over deep cover

Perera to Tambe, 1 run

on the off stump and he's merely pushed it to White at short cover and gone for a quick one, bit of a fumble by the fielder allows them to go through

Perera to bowl this.

end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 88/8CRR: 4.88 RRR: 24.50
Pravin Tambe1 (4)
Kevon Cooper3 (3)
Dale Steyn 3-0-6-1
Karn Sharma 4-0-33-2
Steyn to Tambe, 1 leg bye

on his pads and flicked away to fine-leg for a single

Steyn to Cooper, 1 run

outside the off stump and on a length, it's defended to the covers

Steyn to Tambe, 1 run

was shorter in length and the batsman was looking to fend away, gets some bat on it to the point fielder

Steyn to Tambe, no run

outside the off stump and pushed to the point fielder

Steyn to Tambe, no run

it's full, it's fast and it's swinging in, just gets his bat down in time and lobs up in front of the short mid-wicket fielder

Steyn to Hodge, OUT

bowled him, that's sent the off stump on a cart-wheel, it was outside the off and on a length, he had no option but to cut it, wasn't that quick and it sneaks through and hits the off, another down

Brad Hodge b Steyn 8 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

52 needed from 18. Three a ball almost. Up to Hodge and Cooper now. Against Steyn.

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 85/7CRR: 5.00 RRR: 17.33
Kevon Cooper2 (2)
Brad Hodge8 (6)
Karn Sharma 4-0-33-2
Amit Mishra 4-0-8-2
Karn to Cooper, 2 runs

shortens his length and that's tapped to long-on for a couple of runs, the fielder had to run wide and into it

Karn to Cooper, no run

fuller and on the middle, driven back to the bowler

Best performances - batters
BB Samantray SRH
55 runs (46)
6 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
4 fours
0 six
Kevon Cooper
KK Cooper RR
26 runs (12)
3 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
20 runs
3 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
James Faulkner profile
JP Faulkner RR
Amit Mishra portrait
A Mishra SRH
Match details
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
TossSunrisers Hyderabad, elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Player Of The Match
Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05
Match days17 May 2013 - night (20-over match)
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Anil Chaudhary
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Asad Rauf
TV Umpire
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Sudhir Asnani
Reserve Umpire
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Nand Kishore
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath
PointsSunrisers Hyderabad 2, Rajasthan Royals 0
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