Sunrisers Win Despite Watson Hat-Trick
Sunrisers Hyderabad 134-9 (Watson 3-13) beat
Rajasthan Royals 102 (Kumar 4-14) by 32 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Ahmedabad
The Sunrisers Hyderabad survived a Shane Watson hat-trick to win a low-scoring Indian Premier League 2014 match against the Rajasthan Royals by 32 runs in Ahmedabad.
Watson emulated team-mate Pravin Tambe, who took a hat-trick against Kolkata, but the Sunrisers managed to defend a modest score of 134 for nine.
They clinched just their third win of the tournament by bowling Rajasthan out for a meagre 102.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four for 14 to lead the Sunrisers attack as they moved themselves up to fifth in the table, keeping their play-off hopes alive.
In a very low-scoring game, thanks mainly to a slow pitch and some poor decision-making from the batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan's 33 in 20 balls was the top score in the game.
The first wicket in Watson's hat-trick came at the end of the fourth over when he bowled Dhawan to curtail Hyderabad's fast start.
He completed the other two wickets at the start of the 17th over when Moises Henriques (9) and Karn Sharma (0) were caught by Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson respectively.
Also taking three wickets was Rajat Bhatia, who dismissed Aaron Finch, KL Rahul and Naman Ojha for nine, 18 and 17 respectively.
Tambe was the other man to strike, returning one for 21 while Amit Mishra was comically run out by Samson.
Samson had already missed with one throw at the stumps when he fielded James Faulkner's even poorer attempt and finally threw down the wicket with Mishra paying little or no attention to proceedings around him as he berated his partner at the other end.
From two overs, Watson returned three for 13 and Bhatia three for 23 and few were expecting the game to pan out as it did from that point.
The outstanding Kumar had Rahane caught by Dale Steyn for a three-ball duck and the procession of wickets had begun.
Karun Nair (12), Samson (16), Watson (11), Stuart Binny (12) and Steve Smith (22) all made starts but could not hurt the opposition.
Smith's 22 occupied 33 balls but even chasing such a low target he left himself too much to do and forced to hit out, fell to a good catch in the deep off Steyn.
Kumar returned to rip through the lower order, removing Bhatia (4), Faulkner (4) and Kane Richardson (1) before Pathan had Tambe caught by Steyn to complete the victory.
The Royals collapsed from 78 for four to be all out for 102 in 19.5 overs, losing six wickets for 24 runs to end their own recent surge up the table.
Steyn finished with two for 31, Sharma one for 20, Henriques one for 11 and Pathan one for eight.
Rajasthan remain third in the table but missed out on the chance to join the Chennai Super Kings on 12 points.
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