Ajinkya Rahane’s 59 helped the Rajasthan Royals post victory in their first game of the season
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Rajasthan Royals 135-6 (Rahane 59) beatSunrisers Hyderabad 133-6 by four wicketsIndian Premier League 2014, Abu DhabiScorecard
The Rajasthan Royals made hard work of it before beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets with three balls to spare in a low-scoring Indian Premier League match in Abu Dhabi.
After the early match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab had seen both sides pass 200, this game was a much tenser affair.
And the Sunrisers were made to rue only reaching 133 for six when the Royals got over the line in the final over.
Ajinkya Rahane made 59 and Stuart Binny an unbeaten 48 for the 2008 champions.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan top scored for the Sunrisers with 38 but he was one of a number of batsmen to lose his wicket when well set.
David Warner (32) and KL Rahul (20) were similarly guilty while Aaron Finch (2), Darren Sammy (6) and Karan Sharma (7) were dismissed cheaply.
Venugopoal Rao landed some lusty blows and ended on 16 not out in 12 balls.
With the ball, Dhawal Kulkarni (2-23) and Kane Richardson (2-25) were excellent upfront while Rajat Bhatia (2-22) performed superbly later on.
Richardson also bagged three catches to cap a good all-round performance in the field.
The Sunrisers’ charge to the play-off last season was built around the strength of their bowling but on this occasion, they came off second best.
Dale Steyn (2-29) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-21) bowled some superb deliveries to ensure that the game would go down to the wire, as did Ishant Sharma, who returned one for 29.
Steyn trapped Abhishek Nayar in front for four, Sanju Samson was caught by Dhawan off Bhuvneshwar for three and Watson was caught behind by Rahul for the same score off Ishant.
That made it 31 for three and from there Rahane and Binny took the Royals close to the line. The former played a relatively circumspect knock of 59 in 53 balls, including six fours, that in the circumstances, was ideal.
He survived a blow to the helmet via Ishant to stay until the 16th over when he was caught by Finch off leg-spinner Amit Mishra.
His dismissal gave the Sunrisers a sniff, particularly as Brad Hodge (1) and Bhatia (4) also fell, but Binny, who faced 32 balls, held his nerve before James Faulkner hit the only two balls he faced for four to seal the win.
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