IPL: Sunrisers beat troubled Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad

Last updated: 17th May 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Rahul Dravid Rajasthan

Rahul Dravid as his troubled Royals

Dale Steyn IPL Sunrisers

Dale Steyn took two wickets for Sunrisers

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Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the scandal-hit Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs maintain their push for a play-off spot in the Indian Premier League.

Three players from the Royals are being questioned for alleged spot-fixing, but the team played on and made their scheduled visit to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

Their bowlers played their part, especially James Faulkner who became the first man to have two five-wicket hauls in the same IPL season as the Sunrisers were restricted to 136-9.

Rajasthan could not respond with the bat though, with captain Rahul Dravid's 25 and Kevon Cooper's top score of 26 being the only notable efforts in their 113-9.

It was a bad way for the troubled Royals to end their IPL league campaign, although they had already qualified for the play-offs and remain in third place in the table.

The Sunrisers secured a ninth win of the season and move up into fourth place and still have one game remaining against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 19.

Biplab Samantray top scored for the Sunrisers as they batted first, with his 55 only being ended by Faulker, who went on to record figures of 5-16 off his four overs.

Darren Sammy made 23 but skipper Cameron White had a shocker as he went for a first-ball duck when fellow Australian Shane Watson had him caught and at that stage the hosts were struggling back at 5-3.

They recovered enough though to set a decent total and one that turned out to be too much for Rajasthan to handle.

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