Shane Watson blasted his way to an unbeaten 53-ball 98 as Rajasthan Royals broke their two-match losing streak with an emphatic eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.
After Hyderabad made 144 for 9 in 20 overs, mainly due to the efforts of Darren Sammy, Rahul Dravid and Watson laid the foundation for the chase with a 74-run second-wicket stand, before Watson came into his own to seal the win with 13 balls to spare. As a result, Rajasthan registered their fifth win in eight matches in the Pepsi Indian Premier League. (See: Match pics)
While Watson was outstanding with the bat, the win was set up by the bowling duo of James Faulkner, who picked up the tournament's first five-wicket haul, and Ajit Chandila, the offspinner. The duo broke Hyderabad's back by dismantling the top order inside the seventh over. Opting to bat, a revamped Hyderabad side was out for the count at 29 for 6.