Ahmedabad: A fine bowling performance by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 32 runs for a much-needed win in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera here yeserday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad jumped two places to fifth to keep their campaign on track while Rajasthan Royals suffered their first loss in their newly-adopted home.
In a low-scoring encounter, Kumar picked up four for 14 and Dale Steyn got two for 31 as Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers atoned for the poor performance of their batsmen.
Rajasthan Royals batsmen had to blame themselves as they gifted away their wickets while chasing a small target of 135 and were bowled out for 102 runs with a ball to spare.
Kumar struck in the very first over to get rid of opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane for a duck and did well in the death overs as he picked up three wickets in the 18th over for just two runs. In fact, Sunrisers Hyderabad pacers were superb in the death overs as they conceded just 23 runs in the last five overs.
Steve Smith was the top scorer with just 22 while Sanju Samson made run-a-ball 16.
Earlier, inspiring bowling performances by Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson and Rajat Bhatia restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 134 for nine in 20 overs.
Watson picked up three for 13 while Bhatia also got three for 23. For Sunrisers Hyderabad, skipper Shikhar Dhawan was the top scorer with 33 while Irfan Pathan remained unbeaten on 21. IANS