In the latest tussle between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals, the latter was beaten at their home ground. Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL 2018 match, defending the score of 151 by 11 runs. The team took the pitch first and thumped runs with a good strike rate. Alex Hales played an impressive inning to score 45 off 39 balls. In the third wicket partnership with Kane Williamson, the score hauled to run pass triple digit in just 11 overs. Williamson followed Hales in the 15th over to the pavilion, but his 63 off 43 balls was enough to put the team’s score on the right tract.
To defend their score, Sunrisers came up with an impressive bowling. New bowlers in the team showed up that they can be the match winning bets in IPL tournament. Sandeep Sharma bowled excellent taking down a crucial wicket while he maintained a strict economy of 3.75 in his four overs. While other bowlers could attack the wickets, Basil Thampi came out as an expensive bet. The final over spells from Rashid Khan, Sharma and Siddarth Kaul strangulated Rajasthan Royals against the winning runs.
Hyderabad started losing the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in the early overs. Hales and Williamson steered the IPL 2017 inning with a strong momentum. However, the collapse came up after the duo left for the pavilion. The rest of the line up struggled losing their wickets at cheap scores. In the following seven overs, Hyderabad lost five wickets, while they could score only 44 runs. Dhawan has been playing marginal since a couple of matches. In this match, he lost the wicket to K Gowtham. Jofra Achar had three wickets along with a strict economy.
Ajinkya Rahane knocked a half century in the chase. After Rahul Tripathi went away without good contribution, Rahane forged a partnership with Sanju Samson to induce a headstrong start. But as the partnership collapsed by the middle of the inning, the wobble began both in wickets and score fronts. Finally, by the last overs, Royals required 50 off 30 balls and in the last over, they required 20. Basil Thampi reprieved the expensive over he offered earlier defending the runs. The home team could chase only to 140 as they surrendered the match.
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