IPL 2013: Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn bowl Hyderabad to 23-run victory over Rajasthan Royals

Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra shared four wickets between them © IANS (File Photo)

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Hyderabad: May 17, 2013

Perhaps the rocky build-up to the game affected the Rajasthan Royals as they lost to the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 23 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL), 2013 encounter.

Having done well to restrict the hosts to 136, Rajasthan faltered during their run-chase. This victory strengthens Hyderabad’s hopes for qualification for the play-offs as they move to the fourth spot in the points table with one game to go.

Cameron White won the toss and elected to bat first. Hyderabad were playing the same side that played the previous game, whereas Sachin Baby and Siddharth Trivedi came in for Rajasthan.

Rajasthan got off to a fantastic start as James Faulkner dismissed the openers in quick succession.
Shane Watson then sent Cameron White for a duck. Hanuma Vihari and Biplab Samantray steadied the ship and although they didn’t score fast, they ensured that the hosts didn’t lose wickets.

Darren Sammy entered the field immediately after the half-way stage and it gave Hyderabad the necessary impetus. Samantray also took the attack to the Rajasthan bowlers and got to his fifty off 43 balls. However, Faulkner returned to dent Hyderabad and complete his five-wicket haul. The procession of wickets in the slog overs saw Hyderabad finish at 136 for nine.

The target may not have been daunting, but Hyderabad bowled with spirit and guile. Rahul Dravid looked in good touch and was scoring runs up-front. However, Ajinkya Rahane struggled to get going. At Dravid’s dismissal, Watson came in and he too wasn’t finding it easy. That partnership slowed Rajasthan down and they were buckling under the pressure.

The asking rate kept mounting and wickets fell at regular intervals. Amit Mishra bowled a miserly spell and conceded only eight runs for his two wickets. Karan Sharma also chipped with two scalps, but was on the expensive side. Apart from the top three, none of the other batsmen got to double figures for Rajasthan unitil Kevon Cooper came in and smashed an entertaining cameo. But, that never quite threatened Hyderabad. 

Ultimately, Rajasthan finished at 113 for nine. Hyderabad would eye a victory in their last league game to get through to the next round.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 136 for 9 in 20 overs (Biplab Samantray 55, Darren Sammy 23; James Faulkner 5 for 16, Shane Watson 1 for 19) beat Rajasthan Royals 113 for 9 in 20 overs (Rahul Dravid 25, Kevon Cooper 26, Amit Mishra 2 for 8, Dale Steyn 2 for 17) by 23 runs.

Man of the Match: Amit Mishra

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