IPL 7: Sunrisers Hyderabad Crush Rajasthan Royals by 32 runs

In what was a low-scoring Indian Premier League match, bowlers dominated with Bhuvneshwar Kumar claiming four wickets to help Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals and keep themselves in the race for a top-four berth.

updated: May 09, 2014 00:08 IST
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Ahmedabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad kept themselves in the top-four race as they crushed Rajasthan Royals by 32 runs on the back of an inspiring bowling performance in an Indian Premier League clash, here on Thursday. (RR vs SRH: As it happened)

Hyderabad looked down and out after posting a modest 134 for nine but they came out all guns blazing, forcing their rivals into submission with their fiery bowling, led by young India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/14). (Scorecard)

Kumar provided the first breakthrough in the third ball of the RR innings and then took three wickets in the 18th over to deny the rivals any sort of comeback. (Shane Watson bags 2nd hat-trick of IPL 2014)

His senior pace colleague Dale Steyn (2/33) took two wickets while Karn Sharma, Moises Henriques and Irfan Pathan took a wicket apiece in a collective bowling effort to bowl out Rajasthan for 102 with one ball to spare.

The result meant that Rajasthan skipper Shane Watson's superb hat-trick went in vain and Hyderabad moved to fifth from seventh in the points table.

It was a pathetic batting display by Hyderabad as more than the Rajasthan bowling, it was poor shot selection of the Hyderabad batsmen that let them down.

None of the SRH players, except skipper Shikhar Dhawan (33), applied himself as Watson (3/13) and Rajat Bhatia (3/23) shared six wickets between them.

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