Indian Premier League, 2020

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals - Match 26

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 11 October 2020

Rajasthan Royals 163/5

RR: 8.21 | Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Ben Stokes bowled Khaleel Ahmedbowled Khaleel Ahmed5610
Jos Buttler c Jonny Bairstow (W) & b Khaleel Ahmedc Jonny Bairstow (W) & b Khaleel Ahmed161311
Steven Smith run out T Natarajanrun out T Natarajan5600
Sanju Samson c Jonny Bairstow (W) & b Rashid Khanc Jonny Bairstow (W) & b Rashid Khan262530
Robin Uthappa lbw Rashid Khanlbw Rashid Khan181511
Riyan Parag not out not out 422622
Rahul Tewatia not out not out 452842
Jofra Archer
Shreyas Gopal
Kartik Tyagi
Jaydev Unadkat
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 4, w 2, nb 0)
Total 163 (5 Wkts, 19.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
7-1 (Ben Stokes,1.2), 25-2 (Steven Smith,3.4), 26-3 (Jos Buttler,4.1), 63-4 (Robin Uthappa,9.1), 78-5 (Sanju Samson,12),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Sandeep Sharma4 0 32 0 8.00
Khaleel Ahmed3.5 0 37 2 10.57
T Natarajan4 1 32 0 8.00
Abhishek Sharma1 0 11 0 11.00
Rashid Khan4 0 25 2 6.25
Vijay Shankar3 0 22 0 7.33

Rahul Tewatia has been adjudged as the Man of the Match for this game. Right then! We have had a very exciting clash in the first game of our day as Rajasthan had a brave batting effort in the last stages of the game and won the game for Rajasthan. The action continues as table toppers Delhi take on the second placed Mumbai at Abu Dhabi now. Switch over tabs for all the action from that game. 

Earlier in the day, Hyderabad started off with the bat. They lost Bairstow early courtesy of youngster Kartik Tyagi. Manish Pandey was the shining light as he scored a very well made half-century. Pandey's knock coupled with the small cameos by Williamson and Garg, they cruised to 158 runs. With the bowling they possessed, they should have defended this total but the duo of Tewatia and Parag snatched the game away from Hyderabad. 

This will disappoint Warner as they had the game with them and gave it away to Rajasthan. All of the bowlers bowled well for Hyderabad today but it was towards the end of the Rajasthan batting, that they eased down and Tewatia and Parag took full advantage of the same and wrapped the game up for Rajasthan. Rashid and Khaleel scalped 2 wickets each. All things considered, this will be a tough pill to swallow for Hyderabad. 

Rajasthan started off really poorly with the bat. There was a surprise as Ben Stokes opened the innings with Buttler but that experiment did not quite work out as Stokes was back in the hut right at the start of play. Smith and Buttler too followed him back into the hut and they did not have the desired impact that they would have wanted. Samson and Uthappa got them back with a well made 36-run partnership but then Uthappa fell. Samson followed him back shortly after and it looked like this would be curtains for the chase. That is when the duo of Tewatia and Parag came to the fore and scripted an unlikely comeback into the game and Rajasthan have got 2 more points on the board.

Well, what a cracker of a game we have had here. It seemed as though Hyderabad with their bowling attack but it was the duo of Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag who turned up and crossed the finish line for the Rajasthan, who have finally won a game after a slump. They will be really pleased with this performance.

Khaleel Ahmed to Riyan Parag, SIX! BOOM! High full toss outside off, Parag launches it over covers and clears the ropes. Parag finishes off in style. Rajasthan win by 5 wickets.

A conference going on in the middle. Warner, Williamson and the bowler. Ready now!

Khaleel Ahmed to Rahul Tewatia, A single! Short ball just outside off, Tewatia pulls it down to long on for a single. 2 in 2 now! Super Over anyone?
Khaleel Ahmed to Rahul Tewatia, Two more! Full and just outside off, Tewatia flicks it over square leg. Wide of the fielder in the deep. Easy two. 3 in 3.
Khaleel Ahmed to Riyan Parag, Excellent ball. Low full toss, Parag can only dig it down to long on for a run.
Khaleel Ahmed to Riyan Parag, A couple on the first ball. A fuller ball outside off, Parag drives it over the bowler and gets a couple. Just a maximum away from win.

Khaleel Ahmed to bowl the last over. He has been excellent so far. Let's see what he can do.

T Natarajan to Riyan Parag, Single on the last ball. This one is drilled to sweeper cover for a single. 8 needed now.
T Natarajan to Rahul Tewatia, A single! A low full toss around off, Tewatia slices it through point for a single.
T Natarajan to Rahul Tewatia, SIX! Where's that going? Out of here! What amazing batting. Tewatia premeditates and moves on the off side. Natarajan misses his yorker again, it is low full toss, Tewatia scoops it over the fine leg fence.
T Natarajan to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR! SMASHED! The yorker gone wrong this time. A low full toss. Tewatia makes room, Natarajan follows him but Tewatia manages to slam it over covers. Warner dives to his right and tries to stop but misses. It races away to the fence.
T Natarajan to Riyan Parag, Low full toss, drilled to deep cover for a run.

T Natarajan to bowl the 19th over. 3-1-18-0 from him so far.

T Natarajan to Rahul Tewatia, Full and outside off, Tewatia lifts it over covers and gets a single.
Rashid Khan to Rahul Tewatia, Quicker one on the pads,Tewatia looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pad. The ball goes to short fine leg and they take a leg bye. 14 from the over. 22 needed in last 12 balls.
Rashid Khan to Rahul Tewatia, DOT! The ball hits the stumps but the bails are not disloged. Short ball outside off, Tewatia looks to cut but gets an outside edge.
Rashid Khan to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries. Tossed up full and outside off, Tewatia drills it over extra cover and finds another boundary.
Rashid Khan to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR! Tewatia is taking the world's best bowler here. Tossed up and on middle, Tewatia once again sits down and reverse sweeps it. Finds the fence once again at deep point.
Rashid Khan to Rahul Tewatia, FOUR! Nicely done! Tewatia with a superb shot. A full toss outside off, Tewatia switches his hands and connects the reverse sweep. It goes over backward point and into the fence.

Rashid Khan to bowl out. 3-0-12-2 from him so far.

Rashid Khan to Riyan Parag, Flatter and around off, turnng away, Parag waits and then guides it towards short third man for a single.
Sandeep Sharma to Riyan Parag, Single to end the over. Good length ball around middle, Parag tucks it towards mid-wicket and keeps the strike for the next over. 18 off it. 36 needed in the last 18 balls.
Sandeep Sharma to Riyan Parag, FOUR! Innovation time! This is excellent batting. A full ball on middle, Parag moves across the off side and scoops it over the keeper and away to the fence at fine leg.
Sandeep Sharma to Riyan Parag, FOUR! 13 from the over with 2 ball still left in the over. Short and wide outside off, Parag carves it over sweeper cover for a boundary.
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul Tewatia, Low full toss outside off, Tewatia looks to slog but gets an inside edge on the body. The ball rolls towards the off side and they sneak a qucik single.
Sandeep Sharma to Rahul Tewatia, A couple now! Excellent running! Full and outside off, Tewatia drills it through mid off. It is wide of Warner at long off. He runs to his left and does well to field but he cannot stop the batters from taking two.

Sandeep Sharma is back on.

Sandeep Sharma to Rahul Tewatia, SIX! Pulled away! Back-to-back sixes. A short ball outside off, not pacy enough to trouble the batsman. Tewatia hammers it over wide long on for a six.
Khaleel Ahmed to Riyan Parag, SIX! BOOM! Terrific way to end the over! Short ball on middle, Parag whacks it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
Khaleel Ahmed to Riyan Parag, In the air but safe again. Full and outside off, Parag lifts it over covers and gets a couple. It was a leading edge though.
Khaleel Ahmed to Rahul Tewatia, Full and wide outside off, Tewatia ends up slicing it wide of the point fielder for a single.
Khaleel Ahmed to Riyan Parag, PUT DOWN! That was an easy chance for Garg. Banged short and on middle, Parag goes for the pull but ends up getting a top edge. Garg runs forward from deep mid-wicket and settles under the ball but it bursts through his hands. The batsmen cross ends.
Khaleel Ahmed to Rahul Tewatia, Short and outside off, this one is slapped to the right side of the bowler. Khaleel sticks his right hand out to catch but misses. Only a run as the long off fielder runs to his left quickly.
Khaleel Ahmed to Rahul Tewatia, DOT! Full and outside off, Tewatia goes hard but his drive is hit straight to mid off.

Khaleel Ahmed is back into the attack. 2-0-14-2 are his figures so far. 

DRINKS! This has been another great bowling performance by Hyderabad so far. They have choked the batters of Rajasthan and have not allowed them to score a lot of runs and have also picked up wickets along the way. With the bowling attack that they possess, it should be Hyderabad's game but in this edition of the Indian T20 League, you just never know. Rajasthan, on the other hand, will have to go big if they are to win this game. An exciting segment of play coming up. 

T Natarajan to Rahul Tewatia, Full and on middle, flicked towards long on for a single. Another superb over.
T Natarajan to Riyan Parag, Full and outside off, driven to long off for a run.
T Natarajan to Rahul Tewatia, NOT OUT! The third umpire can't find anything conclusive and the benefit of the doubt is given to the batter. A full toss around off, Tewatia strokes it to the left of the bowler. Natarajan dives to his left to stop the ball. However, he fails to do so and the ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's end. However, Natarajan appeals as he feels that he touched the ball on its way to the stumps. The third umpire has been called for. After multiple replays, he fails to find any conclusive evidence that suggests that the ball did hit the finger of Natarajan. So, not out.

The third umpire is called into play for a run out appeal. The replays roll in and the third umpire says that there is no conclusive evidence that the ball touched Natarajan's hand before going onto hit the stumps and so this will be not out. Riyan Parag was in anyway. 

T Natarajan to Riyan Parag, Full and outside off, driven to long off for one more single.
T Natarajan to Rahul Tewatia, Full and on middle, flicked down to long on for a run.
T Natarajan to Riyan Parag, Slower and fuller to begin the new spell by Natarajan. Parag looks to flick but gets a leading edge that is chipped over the bowler's head. It rolls to long on for a single.

T Natarajan is back on. His figures so far are 2-1-12-0. 

Sandeep Sharma to Riyan Parag, Another tidy over from Sandeep. Full and on middle, it is flicked down to deep square leg for a single. Just 4 from the over. 71 needed in 6 overs.

The action on Sunday will begin with the meeting of Hyderabad and Rajasthan in Dubai. After handing Punjab a crushing defeat, the Orange team will be on cloud nine and will approach their next assignment with high confidence and zeal. The duo of Warner and Bairstow set up their last win with an incredible partnership and the bowlers complemented their efforts superbly. The absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar wasn't felt as the other pacers stood up and then Rashid Khan sprinkled his magic to cap off a massive win. The 2016 champions would be hoping for a similar performance again while hoping that their middle order batting fares better than the last time. Rajasthan, on the other hand, are down in the dumps. Nothing going their way and they are quickly falling behind in the pecking order. Four defeats in a row and Rajasthan are struggling to find a way to turn things around. Both the key departments are marred by inconsistencies except for Jofra Archer, and the Pink team appears to be clueless at the moment. Ben Stokes' possible return might give them a shot in the arm but in a team game, relying on an individual brilliance is never a good idea. They've to dig deep as a unit and find all the solutions to their recurring issues. Can they do it or end up with their fifth straight loss? Only time will tell.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Team Squad -Bavanaka Sandeep,David Warner,Kane Williamson,Manish Pandey,Priyam Garg,Virat Singh,Abdul Samad,Abhishek Sharma,Fabian Allen,Jason Holder,Mohammad Nabi,Sanjay Yadav,Vijay Shankar,Jonny Bairstow,Shreevats Goswami,Wriddhiman Saha,Basil Thampi,Billy Stanlake,Khaleel Ahmed,Prithvi Raj,Rashid Khan,Sandeep Sharma,Shahbaz Nadeem,Siddarth Kaul,T Natarajan

Rajasthan Royals Team Squad -David Miller,Manan Vohra,Riyan Parag,Robin Uthappa,Shashank Singh,Steven Smith,Yashasvi Jaiswal,Ben Stokes,Mahipal Lomror,Rahul Tewatia,Shreyas Gopal,Tom Curran,Anuj Rawat,Jos Buttler,Sanju Samson,Akash Singh,Andrew Tye,Aniruddha Joshi,Ankit Rajpoot,Jaydev Unadkat,Jofra Archer,Kartik Tyagi,Mayank Markande,Oshane Thomas,Varun Aaron