Indian Premier League, 2019

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals - Match 8

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Date & Time: 29 March 2019

Sunrisers Hyderabad 201/5

RR: 10.57 | Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
David Warner c Dhawal Kulkarni & b Ben Stokes c Dhawal Kulkarni & b Ben Stokes 693792
Jonny Bairstow c Dhawal Kulkarni & b Shreyas Gopal c Dhawal Kulkarni & b Shreyas Gopal 452861
Kane Williamson c Rahul Tripathi & b Jaydev Unadkat c Rahul Tripathi & b Jaydev Unadkat 141020
Vijay Shankar c & b Shreyas Gopal c & b Shreyas Gopal 351513
Manish Pandey lbw Shreyas Gopal lbw Shreyas Gopal 1400
Yusuf Pathan not out not out 161201
Rashid Khan not out not out 15811
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Shahbaz Nadeem
Sandeep Sharma
Siddarth Kaul
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 1, w 5, nb 0)
Total 201 (5 Wkts, 19.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
110-1 (David Warner,9.4), 117-2 (Jonny Bairstow,11), 164-3 (Kane Williamson,14.4), 167-4 (Vijay Shankar,15.3), 167-5 (Manish Pandey,15.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Dhawal Kulkarni3 0 40 0 13.33
Krishnappa Gowtham2 0 25 0 12.50
Jofra Archer4 0 42 0 10.50
Ben Stokes3 0 40 1 13.33
Shreyas Gopal4 0 27 3 6.75
Jaydev Unadkat3 0 26 1 8.67
Ajinkya Rahane 0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler 0 0 0 0 0
Sanju Samson 0 0 0 0 0
Steven Smith 0 0 0 0 0
Rahul Tripathi 0 0 0 0 0

So that is it from this game! Hyderabad have won their first game this season, whereas, Rajasthan are still to taste victory. Indian T20 League action continues though and there are two games lined-up for you tomorrow. First it will be Punjab taking on Mumbai in the former's den, followed by Delhi hosting Kolkata. The first game begins at 1600 local (1030 GMT). The second at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!

Man of the Match, Rashid Khan, says he always tries to give his best and luckily for him it comes off. Admits it was a plan to bring him against Buttler. States the wicket was not easy to bowl but he tried to hit the right lengths and it came off well. Mentions variation was important and he bowled 5 different leg spinners with 5 different actions. Ends by saying he is working on his batting and he has the self belief to do well with the bat.

Hyderabad skipper, Kane Williamson, says it was not easy. Credits the way Rajasthan played. States it was a brilliant chase and appreciates the effort from the openers. He hopes they can continue performing like they did tonight. Admits it was a plan giving Rashid the ball against Buttler as they wanted to get him early. Further adds he is pleased it worked. Appreciates Rashid's effort with the bat as well. Ends by saying his team showed great character to bounce back after a defeat in the first game.

David Warner is up for a chat now. He says that the fans in Hyderabad always inspire him and credits Sanju Samson for his innings. Feels that Samson showed them how to bat. Reckons it was good to bat with Jonny Bairstow but there were some hiccups in the partnership. Reckons they know the ground well and they just played according to the merit of the delivery. Says the wicket looks outstanding and he is all ready for the next game.

Rajasthan skipper, Ajinkya Rahane, feels that 190+ was a good score on this pitch. Further adds he was aiming for something around 150 while batting with Sanju Samson. Credits Hyderabad for the way they batted. Says the margin of error is very less when a batter like Warner plays well. Mentions Sanju Samson is a talented player and the team always knew it. But also admits that the team is unhappy as his brilliant century went in vain.

Earlier in the day, Rajasthan justified their captain's choice of batting first courtesy a brilliant ton from Samson and a lovely half ton from Rahane. Their partnership helped the visitors give the hosts a target of 199. That though was not enough as contributions from quite a few Hyderabad batsmen helped them record their highest ever chase in the Indian T20 League.

The Rajasthan bowlers were poor to begin with. They were either too straight or very wide. Their bowlers were taken to the cleaners. Gopal was the only bright spot and it was because of him, the game went down till the 19th over. He had excellent figures of 4-0-27-3. Had he gotten support from the rest, it could have been a different story.

How easy was that? Hyderabad have chased this huge total with 6 balls to spare. Yes, there were a few hiccups but to be honest, they were always in control of the game. The foundation was laid by their openers who smashed and when I write smashed, I mean smashed 110 runs. It was actually Warner who got things going. He came out all guns blazing and went after each and every bowler. He blasted his way to 69 and when he was dismissed, Hyderabad were well in control. After his wicket, Bairstow then took over and took the attack to the bowlers. He however, was dismissed to an excellent catch. Another handy stand though between Shankar and Williamson more or less sealed the deal for the hosts. There was a little drama in the middle but Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan ensured they take their team over the line.

J Archer to R Khan, SIX! Rashid finishes it off in style! What a whip that was. He shuffles across and Archer bowls it full on the pads. Khan flicks it over the square leg fence for a biggie. The crowd here are going bonkers as HYDERABAD WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
J Archer to R Khan, FOUR! That is probably the shot which seals the game for the hosts. 4 in 7 now. Archer misses the yorker by just and ends up serving a half volley outside off. Rashid strokes it through covers, away from the sweeper and into the fence.
J Archer to R Khan, WIDE! No, not at this moment. Can't give away such bonus runs. Down the leg side, Rashid looks to flick but misses. Wided.
J Archer to Y Pathan, Brilliant stuff! Another yorker, not a lot you can do with that. Pathan only manages to jam it out towards third man for a single. 9 from 8.
J Archer to R Khan, Another single! It was a full toss but it was too quick. Rashid looks to whip but it goes off the edge towards long on for a single.
J Archer to Y Pathan, Just a one! Pathan manages to squirt it through point, towards third man for a single.
J Archer to Y Pathan, A dot to begin! Brilliant yorker on middle, Pathan strokes it towards mid off who is not at the edge of the circle which means no single.
J Unadkat to R Khan, A couple to end! 8 from the over, a good one for the hosts in the context of the game. 12 from 12 needed now. Short and on middle, Rashid looks to pull but it goes off the bottom half towards deep mid-wicket for two.
J Unadkat to Y Pathan, Well fielded! Every run is important at the moment! Skipper leading from the front here. Pathan slaps it towards covers. Rahane there dives to his right and keeps it down to one.
J Unadkat to Y Pathan, In the air... falls in no man's land! Luck favoring Pathan here. The cutter on off, Pathan looks to go against the angle but it is right off the bottom part of the bat. It goes uppishly towards mid on. The fielder at long on runs in but does not get to it. Two taken.
J Unadkat to Y Pathan, WIDE! Too high! Short and goes way above the batsman's head. Wided.
J Unadkat to R Khan, Gets bat to ball and hits it towards cover for a single.
J Unadkat to R Khan, Good slower ball! It is short and outside off, Rashid goes hard at it but is beaten by the lack of pace.
J Unadkat to Y Pathan, Slightly short and outside off, this is slapped through covers for a single.

Jaydev Unadkat is back into the attack.

J Archer to R Khan, Full and on off, Rashid strokes it back to the bowler. A dot to end 20 needed in 18 balls.
J Archer to R Khan, WIDE! Good take by Buttler. That could have easily been five wides. Short, very short actually. Goes above the head of the batsman. Buttler does well to leap and collect it.
J Archer to Y Pathan, A single! A short ball on off, this one zips through. Yusuf is hurried into the pull shot, he only manages to mistime it towards mid on for a single.
J Archer to Y Pathan, Brilliant yorker again, Yusuf this time keeps it out but straight back to the bowler. Another dot. 22 in 20.
J Archer to Y Pathan, A dot! 22 needed in 21. A yorker outside off, Pathan fails to jam it out.
J Archer to Y Pathan, SIX! Eases all the pressure that was building! Powerful shot! Short and on middle, Pathan stands tall and pulls it over the mid-wicket fence. 22 needed in 22.
J Archer to Y Pathan, Well played! A yorker on off, Pathan jams it out through point for a couple.

Jofra Archer is back into the attack.

S Gopal to Y Pathan, This is hit hard down the ground but just for a single. End of a brilliant over by Gopal. 4 runs and 2 wickets from it. This could well be the game-changing over here for the visitors. 30 needed in 24.
S Gopal to R Khan, No hat-trick! Rashid plays it well as he works it through mid-wicket for a single.

Rashid Khan is the new man in and he will face the hat-trick ball.

S Gopal to M Pandey, OUT! Two-in-two and Gopal gets his third. He is keeping the visitors in the game. The googly once again does the trick. It pitches on off, Pandey does not pick it. He looks to push it through covers once again but the ball turns in. Hits his pads first and then the bat. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Half the side back in the hut and now the bowling all-rounders to follow. GAME ON!

Strategic Break - 32 runs required off 27 balls one might feel it is Hyderabad's game but the wicket of Shankar just at the stroke of break has given Rajasthan a big hope here. Two new batsmen will now be at the crease and Rajasthan will now need to capitalise on this. Hyderabad meanwhile will hope that the middle order can get them over the line. Yusuf Pathan is the new man in, replacing Vijay Shankar.

S Gopal to V Shankar, OUT! Straight to long on! Very reckless this from Shankar. This was just not needed at the moment. Gopal gives it air and lands it very full. Shankar does not get under it as he looks to go downtown. Also, his bat shakes in his hand while he makes contact with the ball. Goes flat to long on and substitute, Prashant Chopra, takes it. Shankar walks back after playing a good hand but will be disappointed with the way he got out. Two new batsmen now out in the middle. There could still be a twist here.
S Gopal to M Pandey, Need not do anything silly at the moment and Manish Pandey knows that. He drops it towards cover and gets to the other end.
S Gopal to V Shankar, The googly, Shankar does not pick it, he looks to hit it through the off side but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a run.

Shreyas Gopal is back into the attack.

J Unadkat to M Pandey, Off cutter outside off, Manish looks to drive it on the off side but misses. 12 runs and a wicket off the over. An expensive one but that wicket has sweetened the over.
J Unadkat to M Pandey, Beautiful drive but straight to the fielder at mid off. Full outside off, Pandey drives it hard but straight to the fielder.
J Unadkat to M Pandey, Wide! Unadkat tries to welcome Manish with a bouncer. It bounces too high and has been signalled as a wide.

Manish Pandey is the new batsman in.

J Unadkat to K Williamson, OUT! Unadkat has the last laugh. Length delivery outside off, Williamson looks to cut it but he does so uppishly. The ball flies to the fielder at point. Rahul Tripathi there takes a comfortable catch. Will this wicket change the tide of the game?
J Unadkat to K Williamson, FOUR! Williamson wants a piece of the act as well. Short of a length outside off, Williamson cracks it through point for a boundary.
J Unadkat to V Shankar, Fuller delivery outside off, Shankar hits it uppishly towards long off for a single.
J Unadkat to V Shankar, SIX! Slower ball on off. It is full, Shankar gets under it and hits it cleanly over mid-wicket fence for a maximum. The fielder in the deep can just watch it sail over him.
D Kulkarni to V Shankar, A single to end! 17 from it and the game is now Hyderabad's to lose! Full and outside off, Shankar looks to go inside out but it goes off the inner half towards long on for a single.
D Kulkarni to V Shankar, Now a couple as he flicks this low full toss through mid-wicket.