IPL 2015: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by seven runs at Mumbai, Stars and flops

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) knew that they were taking a huge risk when they took a decision to not pick both their overseas star bowlers Dale Steyn and Trent Boult. SRH felt that their batting was weak and they needed to strengthen it and as a result took a decision which could have seriously backfired but to their delight it worked in their favour as they registered their fifth win of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Put in to bat first in a good batting track at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, SRH once again got off to a flier courtesy their openers Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner. Dhawan went struck a half century to set a platform, while Eoin Morgan played a blinder in the end to take SRH’s total to 201.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) got off to a poor start and were 45 for three in the eighth over. But Steve Smith staged a fight back and received some support from James Faulkner. The chase was always going to be tough but Smith ensured they were in the match.

Turning point: Smith was cleaned up by Ravi Bopara in the 15th over. Both, Smith and Faulkner looked dangerous at that point as they needed 81 from 35. Smith was on 68 and is a capable finisher. Also with 18 required from the last over and Chris Morris batting on 26 from seven balls, they needed a good last over and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a brilliant last over, where he mixed his lengths well.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 201 for 4 in 20 overs [Shikhar Dhawan 54 (35), Eoin Morgan 63 (28); Shane Watson 3-0-26-2] bt Rajasthan Royals194 for 7 in 20 overs [Steve Smith 68 (40), James Faulkner 30 (19), Chris Morris 34 (11)*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-44-3, Ravi Bopara 3-0-22-1] by seven runs