RR 163/5 after 19.5 overs (Riyan 42, Tewatia 45)
SIX!!! Riyan wins it with a six. What a run chase by RR! At one point, they looked like they were down in the dumps. But Riyan and Tewatia put on 85 runs off 47 balls to win it for RR. Stunning chase.
RR win by 5 wickets!
RR 150/5 after 19 overs (Riyan 33, Tewatia 42)
14 runs off the Natarajan over and RR have done so well again. Tewatia with a four and a six in the over. Rajasthan Royals need 8 runs in 6 balls. They have scored 46 runs off the last three overs.
RR 137/5 after 18 overs (Riyan 31, Tewatia 30)
Superb batting by Tewatia. He hit three consecutive fours off Rashid – the first was a reverse hit off a full toss, the second was another reverse hit but a little square and the third was over the infield. Rajasthan Royals need 22 runs in 12 balls. Close finish coming up.
RR 123/5 after 17 overs (Riyan 30, Tewatia 18)
Tewatia started it off with a six and then Riyan simply went for it. Superb over for RR this. 18 runs off the over. Rajasthan Royals need 36 runs in 18 balls
RR 94/5 after 15 overs (Riyan 12, Tewatia 7)
Rajasthan Royals need 65 runs in 30 balls. A chance for someone to make their name here.
RR 88/5 after 14 overs (Riyan 9, Tewatia 4)
Rajasthan Royals need 71 runs in 36 balls. They need something special to win from here. Can Riyan or Tewatia do it for them?
RR 78/5 after 12 overs (Riyan 5)
WICKET! Samson walking back now. Rashid with a superb leg-spin delivery, gets the batsman to edge it to the keeper. Game over?
Samson c Bairstow b Rashid Khan 26(25)
RR 72/4 after 11 overs (Samson 24, Riyan 4)
Rajasthan Royals need 87 runs in 54 balls. And this is not an easy wicket to play shots on. Samson needs to play a blinder here.
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RR 63/4 after 9.1 overs (Samson 19)
WICKET! Rashid gets Uthappa, traps him LBW. DRS doesn’t help. Crashing into the leg stump. The break clearly didn’t help.
Uthappa lbw b Rashid Khan 18 (15)
RR 63/3 after 9 overs (Samson 19, Uthappa 18)
Samson and Uthappa have already put on 37 off 29 balls. They have got going quickly and that is good news for RR.
RR 52/3 after 8 overs (Samson 12, Uthappa 14)
Rashid Khan into the attack and just five runs from his over.
RR 47/3 after 7 overs (Samson 9, Uthappa 12)
Good over for RR. Two consecutive fours by Samson off Abhishek show that he might be in good touch today. Big match for RR, they can’t afford another defeat here.
RR 36/3 after 6 overs (Samson 0, Uthappa 10)
Natarajan with a maiden. Superb bowling this. RR have their work cut out, they need to not lose any more wicket till at least the second half of the innings.
RR 26/3 after 4.1 overs (Samson 0)
WICKET! Buttler edged one to Bairstow off Khaleel. This will hurt. RR in big trouble now. All on Samson now.
Buttler c Bairstow b Khaleel Ahmed 16(13)
RR 25/2 after 3.4 overs (Buttler 15)
WICKET! Natarajan into the attack. Started off with a dot ball, four off the second ball, six off the third and Smith is run out off the fourth. Didn’t really need to go for that quick second. Big blow considering how well he can play spin.
Smith run out (Shankar/T Natarajan) 5(6)
RR 14/1 after 3 overs (Buttler 4, Smith 5)
Intriguing phase of play. Stokes was sent up to play his shots but will Buttler and Smith try to do the same or will they bat like Warner?
RR 7/1 after 1.2 overs (Buttler 2)
WICKET! The Stokes experiment didn’t last too long, dragged one back onto the stumps. Khaleel gets the wicket. Smith is in next.
Stokes b Khaleel Ahmed 5(6)
RR 6/0 after 1 over (Stokes 5, Buttler 1)
Two dot balls to start things off by Sandeep and then Buttler danced down the track and hit him down the ground for four. Keeper Bairstow immediately came up to the wickets. Still, just 5 runs from the over.
5.24 pm: Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have come out to open for RR. Are they holding Steve Smith back for Rashid Khan?
SRH 158/4 after 20 overs (Williamson 22)
WICKET! Garg run out off the last ball, trying to get the extra run. Wonderful cameos by Williamson and Garg saw SRH score 35 runs off the last two overs.
Priyam Garg run out (Jofra Archer/Buttler) 15 (8)
SRH 142/3 after 19 overs (Williamson 19, Garg 1)
A 93m one-handed six off the first ball and a pulled six off the last ball. Williamson striking some important blows for SRH.
SRH 122/3 after 17.4 overs (Williamson 3)
WICKET! Pandey holes out in the deep after making a fine 54. Wicket for Unadkat. Slower ball, banged into the pitch, did the trick. Bad time for SRH to lose their set batsman though. Could be the difference between 140 and 160.
Manish Pandey c Rahul Tewatia b Unadkat 54 (44)
SRH 117/2 after 17 overs (Pandey 50, Williamson 2)
FIFTY! Pandey gets to his 50 off just 40 balls. His timing is getting better too. Superb knock. Started off slowly but more importantly, didn’t give it away.
SRH 108/2 after 16 overs (Pandey 44, Williamson 0)
Pandey could have been gone first ball but Tyagi came in a few steps on the boundary line and then watch the ball sail over his head for four. Then, later in the over, he sent one deep into the stands. Strategic timeout.
SRH 96/2 after 14.4 overs (Pandey 31)
WICKET! Archer unleashes a 146 km/h delivery to send back Warner. Big wicket this. The SRH skipper made a valuable 48. Now, it’s up to the SRH middle order to shine. Can they?
Warner b Jofra Archer 48(38)
SRH 93/1 after 14 overs (Warner 46, Pandey 30)
A superb six by Pandey off Gopal early in the over showed that perhaps he is the one who is going to start going for his shots. Expect Warner to stay till the end.
SRH 83/1 after 13 overs (Warner 43, Pandey 23)
Another steady over by Unadkat. Lots of singles – 6 of them in fact. The wait continues. At what point are SRH going to look to break loose.
SRH 77/1 after 12 overs (Warner 40, Pandey 20)
By now, Warner and Pandey would have assessed what should be a good total on this wicket. 150 should be competitive and anything more will give them a big chance of winning given they have Rashid Khan in their team.
SRH 74/1 after 11 overs (Warner 39, Pandey 18)
Warner is slowly starting to up the pace. Targetting the odd four or six every over. This is probably going to be their strategy for the next few overs. Then, after 15, expect them take up a notch.
SRH 63/1 after 10 overs (Warner 30, Pandey 16)
Steady stuff from SRH. Keeping wickets in hand on a wicket that isn’t great to play shots on. They need to make the second half of the innings.
SRH 56/1 after 9 overs (Warner 26, Pandey 13)
Stokes into the attack and a four by Warner off the last ball spoiled what had looked like good over to that point.
SRH 49/1 after 8 overs (Warner 21, Pandey 11)
SRH get 11 runs off the Gopal over. A big six by Warner put pressure on the bowler and then they played sensibly. 23 runs off the last two overs as SRH begin to build some momentum.
SRH 38/1 after 7 overs (Warner 12, Pandey 9)
Pandey looking to attack Tewatia as soon as the leg-spinner was introduced into the attack. A lovely straight six set the tone and then there was another four in the over.
SRH 23/1 after 4.4 overs (Warner 7)
WICKET! 2-2-6-W! Tyagi into the attack and Bairstow looked to break free. For 3 balls, he looked like he had done that. Then, he was caught brilliant by a diving Samson in the deep. Nice short ball from Tyagi.
Bairstow c Samson b Kartik Tyagi 16(19)
SRH 13/0 after 4 overs (Warner 7, Bairstow 6)
Finally, SRH hit a four. Warner wasn’t to the pitch of the ball but he managed to get his slog sweep into the gap. Good stuff from Gopal on the whole but the four made it SRH’s biggest over so far.
SRH 6/0 after 3 overs (Warner 2, Bairstow 4)
A misfield off the last ball gave SRH a single off another great over from Archer. The ball isn’t exactly coming onto the bat here. Slow wicket.
SRH 5/0 after 2 overs (Warner 2, Bairstow 3)
Shreyas Gopal into the attack. Perhaps to counter the Bairstow threat and it works. Another steady over for RR.
SRH 2/0 after 1 over (Warner 1, Bairstow 1)
Steady start by Archer. Nothing loose and RR are off to a good start. Teams batting first have done better at this venue.
03.09 pm: Four changes for RR. Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Robin Uthappa and Jaydev Unadkat come in, Andrew Tye, Mahipal Lomror, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Varun Aaron go out.
Rajasthan Royals XI: J Buttler, S Smith, S Samson, R Uthappa, R Parag, B Stokes, R Tewatia, J Archer, S Gopal, K Tyagi, J Unadkat
03.05 pm: For SRH, Vijay Shankar in and Samad misses out
SRH Playing XI: David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
03.00 pm: Ben Stokes is playing today. A good net session and he is in.
03.00 pm: SRH win the toss and they will have a bat first.
02.40 pm: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of match No 26 in the Indian Premier League. It’s Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals in Dubai. It’s David Warner vs Steve Smith.
Here’s how the points table looks like:
|Kolkata Knight Riders||6||4||2||+0.017||8|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||6||4||2||-0.820||8|
|Chennai Super Kings||7||2||5||-0.588||4|
|Kings XI Punjab||7||1||6||-0.381||2|