Rajasthan Royals had Sunrisers Hyderabad on the mat, taking six wickets off the first six overs, before a desperate effort at consolidation from Darren Sammy and Amit Mishra took Hyderabad to a respectable 144. But Rajasthan hit back again, with the bat this time - Shane Watson scoring a merciless 53-ball 98 to help the home team to a clinical eight-wicket victory at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday (April 27).
Contrary to what the final score line suggested, Sammy, the Hyderabad allrounder, stressed that Hyderabad were not outplayed. "We kept ourselves in the running," he said. "Once again Sunrisers showed that fight and spirit, that never-say-die attitude after so many wickets fell in the first 10 overs - we were 100 for 7 and recovered to score 140. We were in the game till Watson stole the show. I don't think we were outplayed."
Sammy was, however, critical of the top order. "We as batters need to give ourselves a chance," he said. "Respect the start of our innings. If you notice, most of the wickets fell early up in each batsman's innings. Probably we can take a few balls to get in, get a feel of the wicket and then play ourselves in."