Twin half centuries from Eoin Morgan and Shikhar Dhawan ensured a seven run win for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. A fighting innings from Steven Smith and a late burst from Chris Morris was not enough as the Rajasthan Royals succumbed to yet another defeat.
Shikhar Dhawan and Co. off to a flyer
The crowd at the Brabourne Stadium finally got a glimpse of vintage Shikhar Dhawan. While David Warner played his usual game, Dhawan was at his menacing best. His 35 ball 54 comprised of six boundaries and two maximums. A wild slash from David Warner saw him take the long walk back to the pavilion. Moises Henriques’ (21) dismal run with the bat continued as he was outfoxed by Pravin Tambe.
Eoin Morgan breaks the shackles
The fall of the second wicket saw Dhawan and Eoin Morgan come together. In spite of beginning slowly, the England skipper began his blitzkrieg following Dhawan’s dismissal. In his 28 ball 63, Morgan went berserk, smashing the likes of James Faulkner and Tim Southee to all parts. Four boundaries and five sixes were among Morgan’s whirlwind innings.
The Sunrisers’ innings was eventually closed out with cameos from Naman Ojha and Ravi Bopara. Thus, the Sunrisers finished on an impressive 201/4 in their 20 overs.
Rahane and Watson fall early
The Rajasthan innings failed to begin with promise and optimism. Current orange cap holder Ajinkya Rahane (8) fell in the first over, while skipper Shane Watson was removed soon after for 12. Karun Nair and Deepak Hooda failed to add significant scores as the Royals found themselves reeling at 77-4 with nine overs left.
Steven Smith and James Faulkner steady the ship
With overs running out, Steven Smith and James Faulkner took it upon themselves to chase down the mammoth total. Smith took a particular liking to leggie Karn Sharma and the latter was at the receiving end of Smith’s onslaught. Coupled with some power hitting from James Faulkner, Rajasthan Royals found themselves within touching distance of victory.
Chris Morris takes Praveen Kumar to the cleaners
The 18th over was entrusted to the wily Praveen Kumar. Considered as one of the best death bolwers in the country, it was clear that the game was Hyderabad’s to lose. However, Chris Morris had other ideas. The lean South African was on the prowl from the word go. His 11 ball 34 saw a combination of pinch and power hitting at its best.
In spite of 22 runs conceded in the penultimate over, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was handed the ball for the final over. Conceding just the solitary boundary, Bhuvaneshwar held his nerve to ensure a marginal seven run win.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 210/4 in 20 overs ( Eoin Morgan 63, Shane Watson 2/36)
Rajathan Royals: Steven Smith 68, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 3/44)
Man of the match: Eoin Morgan