Sunrisers Hyderabad 136-9 (Samantray 55) beat
Rajasthan Royals 113-9 by 23 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Hyderabad
Despite being reduced to a score of five for three early on, Sunrisers Hyderabad recovered to beat Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs to keep them contention for an Indian Premier League 2013 play-off place.
A half-century from Biplab Samantray steered Sunrisers to 136 for nine and a miserable week for Rajasthan continued when they limped to 113 for nine in reply.
Sunrisers' victory ends Kings XI Punjab's chances of going any further in the tournament and piles the pressure on Royal Challengers Bangalore, who must win their final game - against Chennai Super Kings - and hope Sunrisers lose at home to Kolkata Knight Riders. Even then, net run-rate will come into play.
This was certainly comeback from the Sunrisers, who lost Parthiv Patel (2), Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Cameron White (0) inside three overs before Hanuma Vihari (19) and Samantray, started the recovery.
Samantray struck six fours and a six in his 46-ball innings and he got good support from Darren Sammy (23) and Thisara Perera (17) and although the outstanding James Faulkner picked up five for 16 - the best figures of this year's tournament - Sunrisers had put enough runs on the board.
Run-scoring seemed even more difficult for Rajasthan, particularly after Rahul Dravid fell for 25 in 24 balls. Shane Watson made 11 in 20 and Ajinkya Rahane 12 in 25 as the innings first stalled, and then went into freefall.
Sanju Samson (5), Stuart Binny (8), Brad Hodge (8), Sachin Baby (3) and Faulkner (6) all fell cheaply and a late blast of 26 in 12 balls from Kevon Cooper was too little, too late.
Dale Steyn, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra and Perera all took two wickets with Mishra returning excellent figures of two for eight from his four overs.
© Cricket World 2013
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