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Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets to keep playoff hopes alive theoretically

Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets to mathematically keep their hopes alive for a playoff berth  in Jaipur on Saturday. Rajasthan who opted to bowl first restricted Hyderabad to a getable total of 160/8 in their 20 over quota. The Royals chased the target in 19.1 overs. The win pushed Rajasthan Royals to the sixth position in the point table with 10 points after 12 games.

Rajasthan Royals next play must win games against Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Delhi Capitals.

Even after the loss Hyderabad hold the fourth place in the table with 10 points off 11 games.

While chasing the target of 161, Liam Livingstone and Ajinkya Rahane got RR to a wonderful start, both scored 44 and 39 respectively. The duo raced off to 78 off 55 balls for the opening wicket. Livingstone was the first to go in the 10th over. Rahane soon departed as well after being caught by David Warner off Shakib Al Hasan at long-off.

Skipper Steve Smith and Sanju Samson shared a 55 run stand in 5.3 overs. Sanju Samson finished unbeaten on 48 from 32 balls, while Smith was gone on 22.

When Sunrisers batted first, skipper Kane Williamson was dismissed on 13. The early dismissal didn’t halt SRH to score big,  Warner and Manish Pandey shared 75 runs off just 50 balls for the second wicket. Sunrisers were at 103/1 in 12 overs, when their middle order collapsed in 44 runs ending their innings at 160.

Pandey reached his fifty quickly, in 27 balls. David Warner was struggling to make runs, he scored 37 from 32 deliveries but failed to wack a boundary. As Sunrisers batsmen were falling, Rashid Khan showed resistance scoring 18 in the final over taking SRH to a decent total.