Bowlers on target as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals to claim top spot

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Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers’ impressive defence of modest totals continued as the visitors pulled off a 11-run win over Rajasthan Royals on a tricky pitch to claim the top spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.

JAIPUR, April 29: Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers’ impressive defence of modest totals continued as the visitors pulled off a 11-run win over Rajasthan Royals on a tricky pitch to claim the top spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.
Electing to bat, Hyderabad posted 151 for seven, built around captain Kane Williamson’s 63-run knock, his fourth fifty of the season, and his 92-run partnership with Englishman Alex Hales (45), playing his first game of this edition.
They set up the platform for a kill towards the end, but once they were dismissed, none of the following batsmen could make a substantial contribution.
For the hosts, Jofra Archer (3/26) was once again impressive with his pace and consistent execution of yorkers, while spinner Krishnappa Gowtham provided vital breakthroughs, conceding only 18 runs in his four overs.
Home captain Ajinkya Rahane (65 not out, 53 balls) showed patience and Sanju Samson hit a 30-ball 40 but they left too much for the end. Hyderabad pace duo of Sandeep Sharma (1/15) and Siddarth Kaul (2/23) were very effective in drying up the runs.
The hosts required 27 from the last two overs but Kual conceded only six runs and also removed local boy Mahipal Lomror (11).
Gowtham (8) could not recreate the magic he had managed against Mumbai Indians when he had blasted a 11-ball 33 to pull off a sensational win as Basil Thampi (1/26 in 2 overs) did bowl an impressive final over.
Hyderabad now led the table with 12 points and are followed by Chennai Super Kings (10) and Kings XI Punjab (10).
Earlier, Hales, playing his first game of the season, built the innings patiently with his captain after Gowtham ensured that Shikhar Dhawan’s (6) string of low scores continued as the left-hander dragged one on to his stumps.
The ball was too close to the body as Dhawan attempted to steer it past slips. His sequence of scores in the last four matches read: 11, 5, 0 (retired hurt) and 7. (AFP)