Faulkner’s fiver helps Rajasthan restrict Sunrisers to 136/9

Hyderabad: James Faulkner grabbed five wickets for 16 runs as Rajasthan Royals restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 136 for nine in their Pepsi IPL match hereon Friday.

Faulkner dismissed both Sunrisers openers Parthiv Patel (2) and Shikhar Dhawan (1) in second over to give a dramatic start in the match before returning to scalp the wickets of Darren Sammy (23), Biplab Samantray (55) and Dale Steyn (0) after the home side opted to bat.

Shane Watson and Siddharth Trivedi chipped in with a wicket apiece for Rajasthan who are playing their first match after three of their players, including India pacer S Sreesanth, were found allegedly involved in the sensational IPL spot-fixing scandal.

For Sunrisers though, it was a fairly good recovery after they were five for three in the third over itself with Samantray rescuing them with a 46-ball 55, studded with six fours and a six.

Sunrisers began their innings in a disastrous manner with both their batsmen dismissed in the second over with just four runs on board, off the bowling of Faulkner.

Of his first delivery of the innings, Faulkner induced an inside edge on Parthiv who tried to steer the ball to third man only to find his stumps rattled. Five balls Dhawan was out in a soft dismissal as he hit straight to the point fielder Ajinkya Rahane.

Captain Cameron White added to the Sunrisers' woes as he holed out to Trivedi of the bowling of Watson for a duck. At that stage, the Sunrisers were five for three in third over.

Three wickets down with the score still in single digits, Hanuma Vihari and Samantray tried to repair the innings and understandably they looked for ones and twos only.

Vihari was out in the 11th over after the duo shared 44 runs from 7.5 overs for the fourth wicket. They scored just three fours in their partnership.

West Indian captain Sammy gave the Sunrisers the acceleration with a total. He smashed Watson for six to take 14 runs in the 14th over before hitting another maximum off Kevon Cooper in the next over.