Rajasthan Royals 146-2 (Watson 98no) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 144-9 by eight wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Jaipur
Report by Chetan Narula
In a contest between the two suprise packages in the top four of the Indian Premier League 2013 points table, Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets at Jaipur.
This result means that both of them are now on 10 points each, although Rajasthan have one game in hand and are up to third spot just ahead of Hyderabad.
Kumar Sangkkara was back leading the Sunrisers and elected to bat first after winning the toss, but it turned out to be a fateful decision, as their innings never really took off.
James Faulkner took a rare five-wicket haul in the T20 format as well as the IPL, as Hyderabad's top order was completely routed.
Akshath Reddy (2), Shikhar Dhawan (0), Sangakkara (4), Hanuma Vihari (4), Karan Sharma (6) and the returning Thisara Perera (4) were sent packing in quick succession, as the innings stumbled from seven for three in two overs to 29 for six in the seventh, leaving the visitors gasping for breath.
Faulkner found an able strike partner in off-break bowler Ajit Chandila, who snapped up two for 13 in his three overs and together they left Sunrisers tottering. Darren Sammy then played a lone fighting battle to make sure that there was some order restored to their innings.
With Amit Mishra (21), he first put up a 58-run partnership for the seventh wicket, taking the score past the 50-run mark. Then another 27 runs were added with Ashish Reddy (14) as the Sunrisers crossed 100 runs. Dale Steyn swung his bat to score 18 runs off just eight balls, with two fours and one six, as they eventually finished at 144 for nine - some effort considering their abject start.
Sammy was ninth out in the 19th over, falling to Faulkner who returned five for 20 in his four overs. The West Indies skipper scored 60 runs in 41 balls, inclusive of eight fours and one six, helping them achieve some respectability in their innings after the initial collapse. Kevon Cooper (1-42) and Stuart Binny (1-25) were the other wicket-takers.
Chasing 145 runs and with Dale Steyn to open the bowling, Rahul Dravid came out to open with Ajinkya Rahane (1). The latter was accounted for by Steyn (1-15), as Rajasthan began poorly as well, at seven for one in the third over.
That brought Shane Watson, IPL 2013's first centurion, to the crease, and he put on 74 runs with Dravid as Hyderabad's hopes of inciting a collapse were dashed.
Dravid scored 36 runs off 35 balls, with four fours and one six, before being caught off Perera (1-34). Watson though motored on, reaching his fifty in 39 balls, and putting up a 65-run partnership with Binny whose contribution was a mere nine runs.
Watson laid into the Hyderabad bowling after his half-century, eventually finishing just two short of another hundred, with 98 runs off only 53 balls. His last 48 runs came off only 14 balls, as his innings was studded with 13 fours and four sixes.
© Cricket World 2013
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