Match Highlights: Indian T20 League, Hyderabad vs Rajasthan full score and results – Hyderabad pick up first win with clinical chase

The Rajasthan bowlers were poor to begin with. They were either too straight or very wide. Their bowlers were taken to the cleaners. Gopal was the only bright spot and it was because of him, the game went down till the 19th over. He had excellent figures of 4-0-27-3. Had he gotten support from the rest, it could have been a different story.

How easy was that? Hyderabad have chased this huge total with 6 balls to spare. Yes, there were a few hiccups but to be honest, they were always in control of the game. The foundation was laid by their openers who smashed and when I write smashed, I mean smashed 110 runs. It was actually Warner who got things going. He came out all guns blazing and went after each and every bowler. He blasted his way to 69 and when he was dismissed, Hyderabad were well in control. After his wicket, Bairstow then took over and took the attack to the bowlers. He however, was dismissed to an excellent catch. Another handy stand though between Shankar and Williamson more or less sealed the deal for the hosts. There was a little drama in the middle but Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan ensured they take their team over the line.

Over 19: Jofra Archer with the 19th over, and Rashid Khan plonks a four and a six and that’s the game for Hyderabad, with a ball to spare. They win by five wickets and Sanju Samson’s brilliant 102 not out goes in vain.

Over 18: Pressure over this for Jaydev Unadkat. Eight runs off it and Hyderabad need 12 off 12 with Jofra ARcher to bowl the 19th over. SRH: 187/5

Over 17: Yusuf Pathan clobbers a short-pitch delivery from Jofra Archer for a six but the England player comes back well with some genuine gas. 150 kmph click deliveries to follow it up, but he bowls as wide to Rashid Khan. Jos Buttler does well to collect the ripper to stop a boundary. 10 runs off it. SRH 179/5, need 20 off 18

Over 16: Shreyas Gopal in to his final over and he removes the big-hitting  Vijay Shankar for 35 off 15 balls. Rajasthan have hope now. Gopal get another one off the next delivery. Manish Pandey trapped in front for 1. Gopal concedes just four runs. He finishes his quota of overs with 4-0-27-3. SRH – 30 runs required from 24 balls

Over 15: Jaydev Unadkat’s second over goes for 14 runs. However, he did manage to get rid of Kane Williamson, but the dangerman Vijay Shankar is still in the middle. SRH 165/3

Over 14: Dhawal Kulkarni back in the attack and Vijay Shankar smokes two big sixes. 17 runs off the over. Kulkarni is not having a good day today. SRH 153/2

Over 13: First sighting of Jaydev Unadakat in today’s match, and starts off really well. Just six runs off it. SRH need 63 runs required from 42 balls

Over 12: SRH continue with momentum despite having two new men at the crease – Vijay Shankar and KAne Williamson. 13 runs off Ben Stokes’ third over. SRH 130/2

Over 11: One brings two! Johnny Bairstow falls as Dhawal Kulkarni redeems himself with a super catch at long-off to get rid of Bairstow for 48 off 28 balls off Shreyas Gopal. Just two runs off it. SRH 117/2 

Over 10: Big over this! Ben Stokes comes back strongly and with a short-pitch delivery to get rid of David Warner for 69 off 37 balls, taken by Dhawal Kulkarni. But Kulkarni dropped a straight forward chance in the same over off Johnny Bairstow. SRH 115/1

Over 9: It was tidy over from Shreyas Gopal, until Johnny Bairstow hit one massive six. 12 runs came off it. SRH 104/0

Over 8: Another big over courtesy David Warner’s six and a four. Krishnappa Gowtham is being taken apart. 14 runs off it. SRH 92/0

Over 7: Shreyas Gopal in to the attack as Powerplay overs come to an end. And it is a sedate over in the context of the game, but Johnny Bairstow still finds a boundary. Nine runs off it. SRH 78/0

Over 6: The carnage continues as Johnny Bairstow joins the fun and hits two back to back boundaries off Jofra Archer. 15 runs off it. SRH 69/0

Over 5: Ben Stokes in to the attack and David Warner is in top form. Three fours and Johnny Bairsotw adds one of his own. 17 runs off the over. 50 up for SRH in the fifth over.

Over 4: Top over from Jofra Archer. Genuine heat and that has halted SRH’s run-scoring. Just three runs off it. SRH 37/0 

Over 3: Ajinkya Rahane persists with Dhawala Kulkarni and more runs for SRH. Nine off it. David Warner moves to 31 off just 15. SRH 34/0

Over 2: Another good over for SRH as Krishnappa Gowtham leaks 11 runs. Two fours – both from David Warner. He races to 23 off 10. Johnny Bairstow is on one off two balls. SRH 25/0

Over 1: Big start by David Warner as he takes 14 runs off the first over bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni. A four and a six.  SRH 14/0

Rajasthan have powered themselves to a mammoth total here. They did not start in the best of manners as they lost Buttler early. They could not get going in the Powerplay as the ball seemed to be sticking in the surface. However, it was a different story after the first six. Samson and Rahane then stepped on the accelerator and everything they hit was finding the boundary. The two added 119 before the skipper departed after a very good knock. Samson then took the charge, he smashed the hosts’ bowlers to all ends of the park and scored a brilliant ton. A handy cameo from Stokes right towards the end helped them get to a total which I feel is above par on this surface.

Over 20: Another expensive over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He concedes 21 runs with Samson gets to his second IPL hundred, first of this season, and finishes with 102 runs in 55 balls. Ben Stokes played a couple scoop shots to take two fours and remained unbeaten on 16 off nine balls. RR 198/2

Over 19: Sandeep Sharma is under pressure and a thigh high full toss is dispatched over the ropes for a six as Samson moves in to the 90s. 13 runs off the over. RR 177/2

Over 18: Sublime hitting – just touch play from Sanju Samson as he takes 6, 4 ,4 ,2, 4, 4 off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He moves to 89 off 49 balls. RR 164/2

Over 17: Siddarth Kaul finishes his spell well, conceding just five runs. He should have had a wicket to show when Sanju Samson top-edged a slower one and even though four Hyderabad players converged, none of them could make it to take the catch. Johnny Bairstow ran the furtherest and got a touch, but couldn’t hold on. RR 140/2

Over 16: Shahbaz Nadeem got the big wicket of Ajinkya Rahane – caught at long-on – but his over has cost SRH 13 runs. But, brave call by Nadeem to loop the ball after being hit for a six, but he got the reward. Rahane goes for 70 off 49 balls. RR 135/2 in 16

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Over 15: Big gamble this by Kane Williamson as he throws the ball to Rashid Khan, who will bowl out after this. Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane were smart enough to negotiate the the Afghanistan spinner. Six runs off it. RR 122/1. Rashid finishes with 4-0-24-1

Over 14: Sandeep Sharma in for his third spell and Ajinkya Rahane has upped the ante. Gets a four with a forward push past Kane Williamson at extra cover. 100 partnership between Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane. Also Samson brings up his 12 IPL fifty as well. RR 116/1

Over 13: Ajinkya Rahane notches up his 50 off 38 balls as Rashid Khan bowls his third over. Sanju Samson nicked one to wicket-keeper Johnny Bairstow, but a tough chanced was grassed by the England wicketkeeper. Just three runs off it, but Rajasthan is a strong position at 105/1

Over 12: Vijay Shankar in to the attack and he strays down the leg and Ajinkya Rahane with a fantastic pick up shot takes  SIX off the first ball. Shankar under pressure and Sanju Samson with a majestic drive over the infield off a slower ball takes a four – powerful shot. 13 off the over. RR 101/1 in 12

Over 11: Expensive over this from Siddarth Kaul. Sanju Samson took a boundary off the first ball with a loft over mid off and then bowled a front foot no-ball. Ajinkt Rahane got a move on with a pull towards square for the second boundary of the over. 13 came off it. RR 88/1

Over 10: Ajinkya Rahane is looking to up the ante. He has charged down to Shahbaz Nadeem twice in the over, but failed to get a boundary early in the over. Good work in the deep by Rashid Khan, but he the big hit with a straight six, dancing down the track to the left-arm spinner. 13 runs off the over. RR 75/1 

TIME-OUT TAKEN!

Over 9: With Sanju Samson looking in top nick, Kane Williamson has summoned back Rashid Khan and Samson with a sublime touch gets a four. Seven runs off it. RR 62/1

Over 8: Siddarth Kaul in to his second over and Sanju Samson has picked a short of length delivery so well and the ball just about evades a jumping Vijay Shankar at deep midwicket. Second maximum off the night for the Kerala batsman. He is in good nick. But two closes call running between the wickets, but no damage done for Rajasthan. 10 from the over. RR 55/1 

Over 7: Hyderabad newbie Shahbaz Nadeem in to the attack and Sanju Samson launches him for a six with a magnificent shot over midwicket. 10 runs off the over. RR 45/1 

Over 6: Another bowling change in the form of Siddarth Kaul and he finishes Hyderabad’s powerplay overs with a tidy over, giving away just four runs. RR 35/1

Over 5: Sandeep Sharma back in the attack and Ajinkya Rahane is looking to target the Punjab pacer. Hits a lofted drive over the infield for a couple before crunching one wide of extra cover  on the charge for a four.  Nine runs off it, the best so far. RR 31/1

Over 4: A successful first over for Rashid Khan as Jos Buttler – in an attempt to play the sweep – loses his leg stump. Big strike for SRH and smart captaincy by Kane Williamson. Sanju Samson is the next man in and Rashid troubles the Kerala batsman as well. 7 runs off it. RR 22/1

Over 3: Bhuvneshwar Kumar showing some aggression against Jos Buttler. Couple of pitched up deliveries is followed by a sharp bouncer. Unfortunately, it is called a wide, but a good ball nevertheless. Issues with the spider-cam for Buttler as well. But he is off the mark with a well-timed push past the extra cover fielder. Seven off the over. RR 15/0

Over 2: Sandeep Sharma has the new ball and this is good from Hyderabad. He is a swing bowler and was not utilised in the first match and right away he gets swing. Five runs off it as Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler being watchful at the start. RR 8/0 in 2

Over 1: And we are underway. Bhuvneshwar Kumar with a tidy over first up. Just three runs off it

Teams:

Hyderabad XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

Rajasthan XI: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni

TOSS: Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Friday. Rajasthan are unchanged while Kane Williamson is back leading the side of Hyderabad in place of Shakib Al Hasan while Shahbaz Nadeem comes in for Deepak Hooda.

Hello and welcome to our match coverage of the Match 8 of the Indian T20 League between Hyderabad and Rajasthan at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium, Hyderabad on Friday with both teams searching for their first win.

Had it not been for Andre Russell’s blazing knock at the Eden Gardens in their season opener, Hyderabad were well and truly on course for victory. It was a game in the bag for last year’s finalist after a brilliant batting display from the returning David Warner, who scored a brilliant 85 before his 53-ball stay was cut short by Russell. But Hyderabad failed to defend 181 with Russell (49* off 19) and Shubman Gill (18* off 10) taking Kolkata home with two balls to spare.

Rajasthan failed to score 39 runs in the last four overs of the run-chase in their previous match against Punjab – a run-chase which was derailed by Ravichandran Ashwin’s ‘controversial’ dismissal of Jos Buttler.

Both teams will want to start afresh, but with Hyderabad having home advantage, can Ajinkya Rahane and Co. spoil the party for the Orange Army. Let’s wait and find out!

Ahead of today’s IPL match, here is the major talking point. 

Warner vs Smith

One year after they were banned for ball-tampering in a Test match in South Africa, Warner and Smith will meet in the IPL. The pair – never again to be named Australian captain and vice-captain – have played in T20 leagues in Canada, Bangladesh and the Caribbean over the past 12 months but this is where the focus is: the IPL, the biggest franchise cricket tournament in the world.

Warner and Smith are towering figures for SRH and RR respectively, both as top-order batsmen and tacticians. Whatever happens on Friday, plenty of focus will be on these two Australians.