IPL 2018, RR vs SRH: Player Ratings
Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowlers defended a low score for third consecutive time, to defeat Rajasthan Royals by 11 runs in an away encounter.
After electing to bat first, Sunrisers scored a modest total of 151/7 in their 20 overs on a two-paced pitch, courtesy of skipper Kane Williamson, who scored a brilliant 63 runs of just 43 balls and Alex Hales's fighting knock of 45 runs in 39 balls.
Chasing a tricky target of 152 against a strong SRH bowling attack, Rajasthan Royals could score only muster 140/6 in their 20 overs to lose the match by 11 runs, despite skipper Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 65 runs in 53 balls and Sanju Samson's 40 runs in 30 balls.
With this win over Rajasthan, Sunrisers Hyderabad reached the top spot in IPL 2018 points table by displacing Chennai Super Kings from the top position.
With the match finally done and dusted, let us take a look at how players from both the sides fared throughout this thrilling encounter:
Shikhar Dhawan - 5/10
The Indian opener did not have a good match with the bat, as he was dismissed for just 6 runs by K Gowtham. Dhawan although, had a good day in the field as he took 2 catches.
Alex Hales- 7/10
Playing his debut IPL match, Alex Hales struggled with his timing but hung on to add 92 for the 2nd wicket with skipper Kane Williamson, thereby scoring a fighting 45 runs in 39 balls.
Kane Williamson- 10/10
SRH's skipper dream run with the bat continued, with an outstanding knock of 63 runs in just 43 balls. And as usual, Williamson was spot on in his captaincy and effected crucial bowling changes like bringing on Yusuf Pathan to dismiss dangerman Ben Stokes.
Manish Pandey- 7/10
The Indian middle order batsman disappointed with the bat once again as he scored just 16 runs in 15 balls, before being dismissed in the 19th over of SRH innings. As always, Pandey was brilliant in the field as he saved a certain six from the bat of Mahipal Lomror in the penultimate over of the match.
Shakib Al Hasan- 6/10
The Bangladeshi all-rounder failed with the bat as he was dismissed for just 6 runs by Jofra Archer in the 18th over of SRH innings. As always, Shakib was brilliant with the ball and bowled an economical spell of 4-0-30-0.
Yusuf Pathan- 7/10
The Indian veteran did not contribute much with the bat as he came into bat in last few overs of SRH innings and was dismissed for just 2 runs by Jofra Archer, but made up for his poor performance with the bat, by taking the prized wicket of Ben Stokes with the ball.
Wriddhiman Saha- 5/10
The Indian test wicketkeeper scored an unbeaten 11 runs of just 7 balls with the bat, and later on took a brilliant catch to dismiss Mahipal Lomror in the penultimate over of the match.
Rashid Khan- 7/10
Rashid Khan's superb tournament with the ball continued, as he bowled an economical spell of 4-0-31-1.
Basil Thampi- 5/10
The Kerala youngster was hit for 17 runs in his 1st over by his Kerala teammate Sanju Samson but recovered to defend 20 runs of the final over to win the match for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Siddarth Kaul- 7/10
Siddarth Kaul once again led the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack superbly in the absence of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar and picked up 2 wickets by conceding just 23 runs in his 4 overs.
Sandeep Sharma- 7/10
Sandeep Sharma continued his good form with the ball by bowling a tight spell of 4-0-15-1.