8th May 2014
Watson's hattrick in vain as SRH win by 32 runs
SRH's bowlers finally proved their strength as they wrapped up RR for 102 runs.
Shane Watson asked Sunrisers Hyderabad to bat in Ahmedabad, and Shikhar Dhawan said he would have bowled first as well. The Sunrisers captain said there had been some dew on the ground when his side had practised last night.
Both sides made a couple of changes to their XIs. Rajasthan Royals brought back Kane Richardson in place of Tim Southee and also picked Dhawal Kulkarni over Rahul Tewatia. Sunrisers left out Darren Sammy for Moises Henriques. Sammy had been preferred ahead of Henriques so far, but had made 62 runs in five innings and had gone for 10.90 runs an over for three wickets. Amit Mishra was also included, instead of Ishant Sharma.
It was a cracking starting for Sunrisers as their skipper Dhawan scored 9 runs per over for the first 3 overs. There was no stopping them, till skipper Watson decided to bowl the 4th over. In the last ball of the over, he got Dhawan at an outside edge from the offstump.
Bhatia striked in the 7th over taking down Finch for 9 runs & then again in the 9th over taking KL Rahul for 18 runs. SRH sent their key batsman David Warner 3-down; a move that went wrong for them. Last match's hero, Pravin Tambe got the big wicket of Warner for mere 6 runs. Rajat Bhatia finished his spell picking up his 3rd wicket of N Ojha: 4-0-23-3.
In came Watson in the 17th over and how! He picked 2 wickets in the first 2 deliveries and that completed his first hattrick of IPL. This was also season's second hattrick, first being taken by Pravin Tambe vs KKR in the previous match.
Most weird run-out, which could arguably be called the funniest moment on field, of Amit Mishra - Here is how it went:
The batsman misses the shot and runs out of the crease to pick up a bye.. Sanju fires the throw and misses.. Faulkner gathers the ball, he fires in a throw again as Mishra is still out of the crease.. He misses again.. Now Sanju takes it and he finally manages to strike the stumps.. Mishra could have saved himself but he had given himself up to the mercy of this funny game between Samson and Faulkner.
SRH could not score much due to regular falling of wickets and ended their inning at 134/9.
Rajasthan Royals started poor and continued the same throughout their inning. Rahane fell for Zero, followed by Nair & Samson at 12 & 16 runs, respectively. They never recovered after skipper Watson got out for stingy 11 runs. It was brilliant bowling from SRH and equivalently bad shots from RR players that led to the collapse of RR.
From what could have had been a grand victory for RR, it was a disappointing loss for the team. All credits to SRH bowlers for keeping it tight with good line & length, excellent Yorkers and swift field. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bagged 4 important wickets and also became the Purple Cap owner. Dale Steynpicked up 2 while K Sharma, I Pathan & Henriques picked up 1 wicket each wrapping RR at: 102/10
More to follow.