Darren Sammy of Sunrisers Hyderabad hooks a delivery to the boundary during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Jaipur on April 27, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Darren Sammy hit a superb 60 as Sunrisers Hyderabad recovered well from a disastrous start to post 144 for nine wickets from their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in the 36th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here today.
For the home team, James Faulkner came up with a career-best performance of 5 for 20 that had the visitors on the defensive for the most party.
Opting to bat first, the visitors found themselves in trouble right away, and were in total disarray at 19 for five in 4.4 overs and then 29 for six in 6.1 overs. None of their top six batsmen, in fact, reached double figures.
They lost opener Akshath Reddy (0), caught by Shane Watson off Ajit Chandila in the first over, as he offered a tame stroke to a slow one and got a leading edge.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (4), who sat out of the last three matches and returned to the side today, followed in the next, caught by Watson off James Faulkner to make it 6/2. The Sri Lankan failed to move his feet as he tried to reach one that seamed away and got an edge first slip.
Faulkner dismissed the other opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) also in the same over, taken brilliantly by Ajinkya Rahane at backward point. The batsman had tried to cut a ball that was short and wide.
Karan Sharma (6) was caught by Brad Hodge to give Faulkner his third wicket. Thisara Perera made only 4 before he was caught by Kevon Cooper off Chandila, the bowler's second wicket.
Much was expected of Hanuma Vihari (4), but he did not last very long and was caught by wicket-keeper Dishant Yagnik off Kevon Cooper to leave Sunrisers reeling at 29 for six.
That brought Sammy and Amit Mishra together and they staged a remarkable recovery, taking the side to 87 before the latter finally left, caught by Cooper off Faulkner. Mishra made 21 off 28 balls with the help of two fours.
Sammy and Ashish Reddy (14) added 27 runs for the eighth wicket. At 114, in the 18th over, Reddy was claimed by Stuart Binny, caught by Rahane.
Sammy was trapped leg before wicket by Faulkner off the last ball of the 19th over to make it 127 for nine. Samy's 60 came off 41 balls and was studded with eight fours and a six.
Sunrisers were now trying to boost their total by as much as possible and Dale Steyn got into act, hitting Cooper for two fours and a six to take 17 off the last over.
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