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Shane Watson delivered a second consecutive telling innings to enable Rajasthan Royals stretch their undefeated streak at home to four matches with a convincing eight wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. RR restricted SRH for 144 with James Faulkner picking up five wickets before Shane Watson starred in the chase with an undefeated 98 to see RR home.
Chasing 145, Dale Steyn bowled a fiery first spell removing Ajinkya Rahane (1) caught behind in the third over. Rahul Dravidand Shane Watson started cautiously preferring to see off the fiery Steyn. Dravid hit two boundaries off Ishant Sharma as RR made 30 from the power play overs. Watson joined in with two boundaries off Thisara Pererain the seventh over. At the halfway stage RR were 53 for 1, still requiring 92 runs.
Dravid deposited Amit Mishra for a six over long on before Watson launched him deep over the mid-wicket fence in the eleventh over. Dravid (36), attempting to up the run rate, was caught in the deep off Perera. Watson then took apart Ishant Sharmafor three boundaries and a six in the 14th over scoring 20 runs from it. He also brought up his fifty in the process. Needing 36 from 30 balls, Watson pulled Perera for a six, before hitting two consecutive boundaries in the 16th over. The onslaught continued as Watson hit Karan Sharma for a six and two boundaries as RR waded home with 13 balls to spare.
Earlier SRH won the toss and elected to bat first only to witness their top order capitulate. In the first overAjit Chandila had Akshath Reddy (2) caught by Watson. James Faulkner then struck twice, first havingKumar Sangakkara(4) caught at slip, before removing Shikhar Dhawan (0) caught by Ajinkya Rahane. It only got worse as Karan Sharma (6) then fell trying to pull Faulkner. The collapse continued as Perera (4) was caught by Kevon Cooper off Chandila to leave SRH reeling at 19 for 5.
Darren Sammy showed some fight hitting Watson for two boundaries but wickets continued to fall as Hanuma Vihari (4) was caught behind off Cooper. Sammy and Mishra helped SRH recover with a 58 run seventh wicket partnership. Mishra (21) departed caught by Cooper off Faulkner. Ashish Reddy (14) was put down twice before Stuart Binny finally got him. Sammy (60) was trapped by Faulkner in the penultimate over to complete his five wicket haul. Some big hits by Steyn (18) saw SRH finish at 144 for nine.
Man-of-the-Match: James Faulkner
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 144 for 9 (Darren Sammy 60, James Faulkner 5-20) lost to Rajasthan Royals 146 for 8 in 17.5 overs (Shane Watson 98*, Dale Steyn 1-15) by 8 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders avenged their first leg defeat to Kings XI Punjab to stem their three-match losing streak with a six-wicket win at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. After restricting KXIP for 149, KKR chased down the target with 10 balls to spare riding on the back ofManvinder Bisla's unbeaten 51.
Chasing 150, Gautam Gambhir got KKR rolling with two boundaries off Praveen Kumar's first over. Bisla (51*) was given a life when Mandeep Singh dropped him off Azhar Mamhood at the start of the second over. Mahmood however came back to rattle Gambhir's (8) stump the next delivery and had Yusuf Pathan (0) caught behind the following delivery. Bisla stepped out to swat Mahmood for a six in the fourth over. Jacques Kallis hit a six off Kumar before smashing Bhargav Bhatt for two boundaries.
Harmeet Singh broke the 66-run partnership for the third wicket when he had Kallis (37) caught behind. Eoin Morgan cleared the long off fence off Harmeet before hitting him for a boundary. The Irishman continued his assault with two massive sixes off Piyush Chawla in the 15th over.
Needing 32 off 30 balls, Bisla pulled Kumar for another six. Morgan was then put down by Bhatt on 29 adding to KXIP's woes. Morgan (42) deposited Mahmood twice into the crowd in the 17th over before departing with KKR on the brink of victory. KKR eventually reached the target with 10 balls to spare.
Earlier KXIP won the toss and elected to bat. The visitors started slowly as Sachithra Senanayake bowled a maiden second over. Mandeep got them going with two boundaries off L Balaji before taking two more off Sunil Narine. Adam Gilchrist joined in with two boundaries off Senanayake as KXIP raced to 48 for 0 from their power play overs. Kallis got the break through having Mandeep (25) caught by Morgan. Gilchrist (27) who looked in good touch holed out to deep mid-wicket off Rajat Bhatia. At the halfway stage, KXIP were 72 for 2.
Manan Vohra (31) went after Balaji hitting him for a boundary and a six before perishing caught in the deep. David Miller (10) launched Sarabjit Ladda for a six before the bower got one to sneak through to hit the stumps. Hussey (21) then departed caught by Senanayake off Kallis. The South African also ran out Mahmood (2). Gurkeerat Singh (28*) smashed two sixes in the last over to take 18 runs from it and propel KXIP to 149 for 6.
Man-of-the-Match: Jacques Kallis Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 149 for 6 (Manan Vohra 31, Jaques Kallis 2-14) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 150 for 4 in 18.3 overs ( Manvinder Bisla 51*, Azhar Mahmood 3-35) by 6 wickets.