Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Rajasthan Royals: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterApril 18, 2014

Rajasthan Royals' Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot against Pune Warriors during their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match in Jaipur, India, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo)

Rajasthan Royals impressed with the ball in a solid four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League opener.

Rajasthan elected to field first and restricted their opponents to just 133-6 in their 20 overs.

They made an unsteady start in reply, but Ajinkya Rahane's half-century got them over the line with four balls to spare.

With a much-vaunted batting line-up, and some bowling stars, big things are expected of the Sunrisers this season, but they were becalmed by the disciplined Royals bowling.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Scorecard
Aaron Finchc Kane Richardson b Dhawal Kulkarni2540.0000
Shikhar Dhawanc Kane Richardson b Rajat Bhatia3834111.7631
David Warnerc Kane Richardson b Rajat Bhatia323591.4210
Lokesh Rahulc Ajinkya Rahane b Dhawal Kulkarni2018111.1111
Darren Sammyc Sanju Samson b Kane Richardson61154.5400
Venugopal RaoNOT OUT1612133.3310
Karan Sharmac Brad Hodge b Kane Richardson4580.0000
Dale SteynNOT OUT000.0000
EXTRAS (w 9, b 1, lb 5)15
TOTAL (6 wickets; 20 overs)133133
Dhawal Kulkarni42325.7511
Kane Richardson42526.258
James Faulkner32709.002
Pravin Tambe42305.758
Rajat Bhatia42225.507
Stuart Binny1707.002
IPL Official

Aaron Finch fell cheaply, while Shikhar Dhawan (38 from 34 balls) and David Warner (32 from 35) lingered, but could not get scoring.

For a pitch which had just hosted a 411-run encounter between the Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, it was a curious change of pace.

Rajat Bhatia, Kane Richardson and Dhawal Kulkarni all picked up two wickets at around a run a ball, as the expected Sunrisers acceleration failed to materialise.

In reply, however, the Royals struggled initially. Abhishek Nayar and Sanju Samson both fell for single-figure scores as Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar impressed.

Rajasthan Royals Scorecard
Abhishek Nayarlbw Dale Steyn43133.3310
Ajinkya Rahanec Aaron Finch b Amit Mishra5953111.3260
Sanju Samsonc Shikhar Dhawan b Bhuvneshwar Kumar3933.3300
Shane Watsonc Lokesh Rahul b Ishant Sharma3742.8500
Stuart BinnyNOT OUT4832150.0041
Brad Hodgec Darren Sammy b Amit Mishra1812.5000
Rajat Bhatiac Aaron Finch b Dale Steyn43133.3310
James FaulknerNOT OUT82400.0020
EXTRAS (w 2, lb 3)5
TOTAL (6 wickets; 19.3 overs)135
Dale Steyn42927.2511
Bhuvneshwar Kumar3.32116.009
Ishant Sharma42917.259
Darren Sammy21909.503
Amit Mishra42626.508
Karan Sharma2804.005
IPL Official

And when Ishant Sharma accounted for Rajasthan captain Shane Watson—giving him a big send-off as he departed—the game was wide open at 31-3.

But Rahane was joined by Stuart Binny and they drew the sting out of the attack, milking the bowling with patience and composure.

Rahane fell for a 53-ball 59, holing out as he looked to wrap up the match, but at the point he left the equation was 26 from 24 balls, and things looked secure.

However, a middle order wobble made for a nervy finale.

KXIP chased 206 easily this afternoon. On the same pitch, RR need 8 runs off the last over to chase 134.

— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 18, 2014

That was until James Faulkner stepped up. Both balls of Kumar's final over went for fours, and the match was over.