Indian Premier League, 2020
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 11 October 2020
RR: 8.21 | Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets
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.
A conference going on in the middle. Warner, Williamson and the bowler. Ready now!
Khaleel Ahmed to bowl the last over. He has been excellent so far. Let's see what he can do.
T Natarajan to bowl the 19th over. 3-1-18-0 from him so far.
Rashid Khan to bowl out. 3-0-12-2 from him so far.
Sandeep Sharma is back on.
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.
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 is back on. His figures so far are 2-1-12-0.
Bowling change! Sandeep Sharma is back on. 2-0-10-0 from him so far.
Rahul Tewatia will be the new batter in.
David Warner goes for the review this time for an LBW appeal that was adjudged not out by the on-field umpire. The ball is clearly not in the line of the bat. Ball Tracker comes in and it is seen that the ball is clearly missing the leg stump. Parag stays on.
Riyan Parag is in for Rajasthan.
Robin Uthappa goes for the review for the LBW appeal against him which was given out by the on-field umpire. The third umpire comes into play. UltraEdge is in and there is no spike as the ball goes by the bat. Ball Tracker comes in and this is clipping the leg stump. The on-field decision stays on and Robin Uthappa will have to walk back to the pavilion now.
DRINKS! Hyderabad have started off really well. This was just the start that they required as they have got rid of Buttler, Stokes and the skipper of Rajasthan, Steven Smith. Khaleel Ahmed has been on fire today. Rajasthan will be disappointed that their big guns could not perform. But with Sanju Samson out there, they will be hopeful to chase this total down.
Bowling change! Vijay Shankar comes into the attack now.
Rashid Khan to bowl now.
Will Warner go for the kill and continue bowling Khaleel who is looking in good rhythm? No, he gives the ball to young spinner Abhishek Sharma.
Robin Uthappa is in at no. 5.
Khaleel Ahmed will bowl again, changing ends. Got rid of Stokes in his first over.
Sanju Samson will walk out now to bat for Rajasthan.
The third umpire is called into play for this run-out appeal. Replays roll in and it is seen that Steven Smith is out of the crease as the bails are whipped off. He will have to walk back now.
T Natarajan is introduced into the attack for Hyderabad.
The Aussie, Steven Smith will walk out to bat for Rajasthan.
Who will partner Sandeep Sharma with the new ball? It will be Khaleel Ahmed.
We are back for the run chase! Both the umpires stride out to the middle and they are followed by Rajasthan openers. Jos Buttler has a new partner this time around as Ben Stokes walks out with him. The Hyderabad players are already out in the middle after getting the final piece of advice from the skipper in the huddle. Sandeep Sharma will bowl first up for Hyderabad.