Watson 98* powers Rajasthan to 8-wicket win vs Hyderabad
After James Faulkner bagged five wickets, Shane Watson scored a blistering 98 to take Rajasthan to an 8-wicket victory over Hyderabad in Jaipur on Saturday
After sitting out the last few games, Kumar Sangakkara returned as captain of the Sunrisers side. <br><br> Yet it was a daunting procpect to travel to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, which is a fortress for the Rajasthan Royals. (Image credit: BCCI)
It was an excellent start after they reduced Hyderabad to 19/5 within five over. <br><br> James Faulkner bagged the important wickets of Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan in his first over. (Image credit: BCCI)
Akshath Reddy and Kumar Sangakkara were the first two wickets to fall in the match - both were caught by the safe hands of Shane Watson. (Image credit: BCCI)
Ajit Chandila struck in the first over of the match yet again. He finished with 2/13 in the 3 overs that he bowled.
Hyderabad were 29/6 at one stage but Darren Sammy struck a blistering 60 which brought some respectability to the batting performance. <br><br> His 41-ball knock took the Sunrisers to 144/9 in their 20 overs. (Image credit: BCCI)
West Indies' skipper Darren Sammy celebrated the birth of his child with a crucial half-century.
Dale Steyn got Hyderabad off to a wonderful start as they were defending 144/9. <br><br> He got rid of Ajinkya Rahane and conceded just 9 runs in his first three overs. (Image credit: BCCI)
Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson put on 74 runs for the second wicket, to set up the platform for a Rajasthan victory. (Image credit: BCCI)
It was the Shane Watson show in the chase, after he smashed 98, which included 13 boundaries and 4 sixes and Rajasthan earned an 8-wicket win over Hyderabad. (Image credit: BCCI)