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IPL 6 SRH vs RR as it happened: Sunrisers thump Royals by 23 runs

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2320

OUT! Cooper holes out slogging. RR are 112/9 with two balls left.

K Cooper c Samantray b Steyn 26 (12b 3x4 1x6) SR: 216.66

Sunrisers win by 23 runsas RR end up with 113/9. It was a magnificent bowling performance by the home side and Rajasthan Royals just could not lift themselves in the chase. Sunrisers' win also means Kings XI Punjab are out of the race for the playoffs.

2317

Cooper hits Perera for six but it is all in vain now. After 19 overs, RR are 102/8.

2309

OUT! Steyn is pumped up after knocking back Hodge's offstump. RR are 85/8 after 17.1 overs.

BJ Hodge b Steyn 8 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

2306

Faulkner slog-sweeps Sharma over square-leg for flat, hard six!

OUT! Faulkner tries to slog to leg again but the ball turns and takes the leading edge and Perera runs in from long-off to take the catch. RR now 82/7 after 16.3 overs.

JP Faulkner c Perera b KV Sharma 6 (3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

2302

OUT! Baby has been given out leg-before playing the reverse-sweep. RR now 75/6 after 16 overs and sliding towards defeat. Amit Mishra has 2 for 8 from his four overs.

2257

Rajasthan picks up a much-needed boundary. Hodge glides Karan Sharma past short third man for four. After 15, RR are 73/5. The required run-rate is over 12.

2252

OUT! Watson decides to go after Perera but doesn't get the distance. Finds Sammy at long-on, who runs and jumps and pumps his fist. Big wicket for Sunrisers.

SR Watson c Sammy b Perera 11 (20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.00

OUT! Perera has bowled Binny. Swings in and very low to beat the bat.

STR Binny b Perera 8 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

RR are 65/5 after 14 overs.

2247

Ishant comes back as White hunts wickets. Not quite the man for the job. Eight runs from the over. After 13, RR are 59/3.

2240

Mishra continues rolling his arm over.

OUT! Mishra entices young Samson to hole out to long-off. Doesn't get to the pitch of a tossed up legspinner and Steyn takes an easy catch. RR are 51/3 after 11.4 overs

SV Samson c Steyn b Mishra 5 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

2237

Thisara Perera, who was thumped by Pollard in Sunrisers's last game, comes on. No fireworks yet. Just five from the over. After 11, RR are 49/2. Sunrisers were actually ahead at this stage.

2232

Mishra continues. Rajasthan have stalled. The last four overs have seen 11 runs scored and 2 wickets fall. They are gradually losing their grip on the game. Just two from this over.

After 10, RR are 44/2. They need 93 from the last 10.

2226

OUT! Rahane picks out the man at deep extra-cover. That ball from Karan Sharma turned more than he expected and so he didn't hit as straight as he wanted. Might not be a bad thing for RR because he was struggling to score. RR are 40/2 after 8.4 overs.

AM Rahane c Dhawan b KV Sharma 12 (25b 0x4 1x6) SR: 48.00

2221

OUT! Dravid has been run out for 25. He mistimes one back to Mishra who doesn't field it cleanly and the ball runs to White and mid-off and he picks up and throws in one motion to knock down the stumps.

R Dravid run out 25 (24b 2x4 1x6) SR: 104.16

RR are 39/1 after 7.3 overs. Shane Watson is the new batsman.

2217

Sunrisers strangling RR too. The difference is RR have not lost any wickets. Sammy comes on and gives away just four runs from his first over. After 7, RR are 37/0.

2212

Ishant has come back strong after his first over. Dravid gets a couple off the last ball to make it three from the over. After 6, RR are 33/0, with Dravid on 20 and Rahane on 11.

2207

Karan Sharma comes on. Rahane picks the googly and slog sweeps it high and far for SIX! That eases the pressure. Dravid then cuts him past point for four. 13 from the over. After 5, RR are 30/0.

2203

This time Ishant keeps the pressure on throughout his over. Just a single. After 4, RR are 17/0.

2159

Steyn is in a different class when he is on. Rahane struggles to make contact. Just manages to avoid getting hit as he gets into a tangle playing a short ball. Two from the over. After 3, RR are 16/0.

2155

Ishant bounces Dravid and the top edge goes deep into the crowd. Have to feel for Ishant. He is ar 2, n unlucky bowler. Dravid was beaten by the bouncer but he restores order with a classical on-drive. Goes past 400 runs this season too. Excellent over. 11 from it after it started with three dot balls.

After 2 overs, RR are 14/0.

2150

Dale Steyn charges in to Dravid and Rahane. Some uneven bounce on show as one slides under Rahane's bat outside off. Three from the over.

2133

OUT! Karan Sharma is run out going for a third run. Wanted to get Perera on strike. Binny did well in the deep to prevent four, the flips the ball to a team-mate who fires in the throw to Cooper.

KV Sharma run out 4 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

OUT! Mishra is run out of the last ball. Perera hits it straight back to Cooper and he turns and throws down the stumps.

A Mishra run out 0 (0b 0x4 0x6) SR -

Sunrisers stumble to 136/9. Faulkner is the star with 5 for 16, the best figures of the season.

2127

OUT! Faulkner has four. Cooper takes a good catch on the boundary at long-on to send back Samantray.

BB Samantray c Cooper b Faulkner 55 (46b 6x4 1x6) SR: 119.56

OUT! Faulkner has five. Yorks Dale Steyn with a beauty. Knocks out middle stump.

DW Steyn b Faulkner 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

SRH are 129/7 after 19 overs.

2120

Cooper to bowl the 18th over. Samantray brings up his maiden 50 in the IPL by slicing a full toss wide of cover and picks up two. Taken 43 balls, with five fours and a six. Poor over from Cooper. 11 from it. After 18, Sunrisers are 122/5.

2113

Faulkner returns.

OUT! Sammy mistimes a heave and is caught at mid-off. SRH are 105/5 after 16.2 overs. Faulkner now has the Purple Cap too.

DJG Sammy c Hodge b Faulkner 23 (19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 121.05

2109

Watson comes back and Sammy stands tall and tonks him over long-for another six to bring up the hundred. After 16, Sunrisers are 104/4.

2104

Trivedi once again avoid the boundary balls but there is plenty of space for ones and twos. Seven from the over. After 15, Sunrisers are 90/4.

2059

Sammy smashes Cooper right back over his head. Planted his front foot and presented the full face of his bat. It was past Cooper before he could get his hands up to attempt the catch. Samantray ends the over by pull Cooper over long-on for SIX! Best over of the match for SRH. 14 from it. After 14, They are 83/4.

2052

Trivedi continues with his medium-pacers. The pitch is proving a difficult one to get the ball away. A misfield by the keeper allows 2 leg-byes off the last ball. Eight from the over. After 13, Runrisers are 69/4.

2046

Tambe has been brought back to bowl to Sammy. But it is Samantray gets a gift - a short ball outside off and he slaps it over extra-cover for four. He then rips one past Sammy's outside edge. That turned a fair bit. But an expensive over. 10 from it. After 12, Sunrisers are 61/4.

2046

OUT! The frustration has told on Vihari. Tries to flick a length delivery from Trivedi but only skies it off the leading edge. Sachin Baby has to wait an age for the ball to come done.

GH Vihari c Sachin Baby b Trivedi 19 (28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 67.85

After 11, Sunrisers are 51/4.

2040

Cooper comes on. Vihrai plays another delicate glide fine enough to beat keeper and third man. Turns it into a good over for the hosts. After 10, Sunrisers are 48/3, with Samantray on 22 and Vihari on 19.

2036

Trivedi comes on. Vihari and Samantray still can't find the boundary. Six from the over thanks to a couple of twos. After 9, Sunrisers are 40/3.

2031

Tambe keeps going. Firing in quick legspinners with little flight. Four singles from the over. After 8, Sunrishers are 34/3.

2029

Stuart Binny comes on. Samantray guides him fine enough to beat third man for the second four of the innings. Nine from the over. After 7, Sunrisers are 30/3.

2025

Shane Watson continues. Just four from the over. After 6, Sunrisers are 21/3.

2020

Tambe comes on. Samantray pulls off the first boundary of the innings by going inside-out over the infield. Nine from the over. After 5, Sunrisers are 17/3.

2015

Faulkner continues bowl a good line. Four from the over. After 4, Sunrisers are 8/3.

2011

OUT! White has hooked Watson to fine leg where Trivedi takes a comfortable catch over his head. SRH now 5/3 after 3 overs This is a sensational start for RR.

CL White c Trivedi b Watson 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

2008

OUT! Two in the over for Faulkner. Dhawan has to go this time. Slashes outside off and Rahane takes a sharp catch at short point diving to his right. SRH are 4/2 after 2.

S Dhawan c Rahane b Faulkner 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

2004

OUT! Faulkner has bowled Parthiv Patel first ball of the second over. Took the inside edge on the way through.

PA Patel b Faulkner 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

2003

Brad Hodge is opening the bowling. First time he has had a bowl this season. Manages a tidy over. Just three runs from it.

1950

Here are the playing XIs:

SRH XI: P Patel, S Dhawan, H Vihari, C White, T Perera, D Sammy, B Samantray, K Sharma, A Mishra, D Steyn, I Sharma.

RR XI: R Dravid, A Rahane, S Samson, S Watson, S Binny, B Hodge, S Baby, K Cooper, J Faulkner, P Tambe, S Trivedi.

Sunrisers have the same side. Sachin Baby and Trivedi return for RR.

1930

Time for the toss. No mention of the fixing yet. Cameron White talking about playing at home. Finally, Rameez Raja mentions it. Dravid says it has been a tough couple of days for anyone who loves cricket, not just them. Though they have been close to the epicenter or as close at it gets.

"We have played really good cricket through out the tournament. We need a big win here. Focus is on trying to play good cricket not not worry about the result."

The playoffs are going to be away from Jaipur so we need to improve and play better". Rameez tells Dravid he has the best wishes of all the fans.

White has won the toss and Sunrisers will bat first. Said they expect an up and down surface.

Dravid says they want to play for the fans and thinks the scandal may have brought the team closer together.

1921

Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha have appeared on the pre-game show talking about some movie. Still no mention of anything other than entertainment. Just laughter and joking. Like nothing has happened.

1910

The Set Max pre-game show is again largely ignoring the spot-fixing scandal, even though Rajasthan Royals are playing today. Nobody is asking for them to do a show on the scandal, but pretending it isn't going on is just strange. And that is the context is that the team is playing in. How can it be ignored?

The host at the ground is talking about Dravid wanting to win to get into the top two. Just odd.

Preview
How does a team bounce back from the spot-fixing revelations that have rocked Rajasthan Royals this week? The team had been one of the feel-good stories of the season. Now they have to find a way to compete despite all the uncertainty around them and having lost three players. It helps that they are already in the playoffs, but a place in the top two is still achievable and is no small reward.

And they are playing a team which is desperate to win their last two clashes to edge out Royal Challengers Bangalore in the battle for the fourth place. Sunrisers Hyderabad have been the other feel-good story this season. Unfortunately, the spot-fixing scandal has cast a pall on what should have been an exciting end-of-season battle.

Rahul Dravid has to find a way to get his players to focus on tonight's game. BCCI

Rahul Dravid has to find a way to get his players to focus on tonight's game. BCCI

Hyderabad and Bangalore have 16 points each but the host for tomorrow’s match have two matches to improve their chances. But Bangalore have one last match and the maximum they can get is 18 points.

Hyderabad have the best bowling attack in this edition of IPL with the presence of world’s best paceman Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, West Indies Captain Darren Sammy, wily leg-spinner Amit Mishra, Sri Lankan paceman Thisara Perera and in-form spinner Karan Sharma.

However, the quality bowling department of late has been receiving little respect from the opponents. Mumbai Indians treated them with utter disdain when they met last time and the hosts need to correct mistakes of that match.

Perera and Mishra were at the receiving end of Kieron Pollard’s blistering attack. Pollard’s brilliant innings powered MI to a seven-wicket victory over the visitors.

With inputs from PTI

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