Rajasthan Royals are off to a winning start as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets in the fourth match of seventh season at Abu Dhabhi on Friday.

For Rajasthan Royals Ajinkya Rahane was the top scorer with 59 runs, which included 6 fours, and Staurt Binny’s 48 not out steered Rajasthan past Hyderabad’s total in the 20th over in what turned out to be humdinger of a match.

For Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was a case of few runs too short, but they can held their head high as the trio of Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Ishant Sharma bowled really well, if only their batsman had scored 20 runs over.   

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals limits Sunrisers Hyderabad to mediocre total of 133/6.

For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Shikhar Dhawan and David Wanrer scored 38 and 32 respectively, as rest of Hyderabad batsmen struggled with the timing and were caught in the deep trying to clear ropes.

Rajasthan Royals bowlers were disciplined with their line and length just conceding less than 7 runs per over in their 20 allotted overs. Rajat Bhatia was the pick of the bowlers picking of 2 for 22 in his four overs.   

Earlier at the toss, Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bowl, knowing how the previous game between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings had panned out and also the fact that the opposition have an explosive top order of Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch and David Warner.

On to the team news now where there were some surprises in the playing XIs of both teams. Rajasthan left out Australia batsman Steven Smith, as they went in with the experience of Brad Hodge, while James Faulkner Kane Richardson rounded up the foreign players.

On the other hand, Hyderabad left out a fit Irfan Pathan, one of the genuine all-rounders in Indian cricket, as they went in with two specialist legspinners Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma, and fast bwoelrs Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneswar Kumar. The bowling attack will be led by Dale Steyn, with allrounder Darren Sammy providing an option with gentle seam bowling.

Rajasthan: 1 Shane Watson (capt), 2 A Rahane, 3 S Samson (wk), 4 S Binny, 5 Brad Hodge, 6 A Nayar, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Rajat Bhatia, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 P Thambe

Hyderabad: 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Aaron Finch, 3 David Warner, 4 Venugopal Rao, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Darren Sammy, 7 Karn Sharma, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Ishant Sharma