Continuing their hot-steak with the ball, Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Rajasthan Royals by 11 runs while defending 151 to register their sixth win of the season.

Chasing a modest 152, the Royals were off to a shaky start. Rahul Tripathi once again failed to get going, departing for just 4. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson then laid the foundation for an easy chase by adding 59 runs for the second wicket.

It looked Samson-Rahane stand would put Royals in command. However, the Sunrisers stormed their way back in the game by taking two quick wickets. Siddarth Kaul ended the fifty-plus stand between Rahane and Samson by dismissing the latter. A run later, Yusuf Pathan sent back Ben Stokes for a duck to reduce the hosts to 73 f0r 3 from 72 for 1. Jos Buttler also failed to get going, departing for just 10. His wicket saw the Royals’ reeling at 96 for 4 in the 14th over. But luckily for Royals, Rahane was holding firm from one end. The inaugural winners reached the 100-run mark in the 15th over.

Rahane soon completed his fifty off 42 balls, thus keeping the chase on track. Sunrisers, however, kept things tight and as a result had 21 runs to defend in the last over. Basil Thampi went on to defend the 21 runs.

That Royals had such a modest total to chase was because of their bowlers’ fine effort. Led by K Gowtham and Jofra Archer’s fine show, the Royals never allowed Sunrisers to play freely. As a result, the Sunrisers could only post 151 for 7 . Archer starred with the ball, picking up 3 for 26 off his four overs while Gowtham took 2 for 18 in as many overs.

Gowtham did not take long to prove Kane Williamson’s decision to bat first wrong. In just the third over of the game, the spinner sent back the Shikhar Dhawan to give Royals a flying start. However, Alex Hales and Williamson did not let the hosts build on the early momentum. The duo could not bat freely but made sure not to buckle under pressure.

With Royals keeping things tight from their side, Sunrisers huffed and puffed to 39 for 1 at the end of the powerplay. The overs after the powerplay yielded more than 6 runs per over before Williamson took on Jaydev Unadkat in the 12th over. The Sunrisers skipper slammed the left-arm bowler for three fours and a six to provide the innings with the much-needed impetus. In the same over, he completed his fifty off 32 balls. The visitors entered the three-digit in the 13th over when Williamson took a single off the first ball of the 13th over.

With the innings entering its business phase, it was time for Sunrisers to explode. However, Royal dismissed Hales and Williamson in quick succession to put them on the backfoot. Gowtham triggered the collapse by dismissing Hales to end the 92-run stand. Hales, playing his maiden IPL game, never got going and played a laborious innings of 45 off 39 balls. Ish Sodhi then put the Royals firmly on top by sending back Williamson to reduce Sunrisers to 116 for 3. The skipper scored 63 off 43 with the help of 7 fours and a couple of sixes.

Williamson’s dismissal opened the floodgates as Sunrisers lost wickets in a heap towards the end, eventually posting a modest total.

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