By India Today Sports Desk: SunRisers Hyderabad captain Aiden Markram was more relieved than excited as the former champions pulled off a stunning win in a dramatic last-over thriller in Jaipur at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium against the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday, May 7. A no-ball from death-overs specialist Sandeep Sharma cost Rajasthan 2 crucial points as SunRIsers Hyderabad stole victory from the jaws of defeat to keep their playoffs hopes alive.
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Needing 5 runs in the last delivery, Abdul Samad hit one straight into the throat of Jos Buttler and the Rajasthan players and the team owners started celebrating. However, their happiness was short-lived as the siren for front foot no-ball went off. Captain Sanju Samson tried to keep his calm asking Buttler to return the ball.
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Abdul Samad and his batting partner Marco Jansen did not take a run as the equation boiled down to 4 off the last ball. Sandeep reloaded and bowled a low full-toss that Samad deposited into the long-on stands and clinched victory for SunRisers.
The win helped SunRisers get off the last spot in the IPL 2023 points table and keep their playoffs hopes alive.
"The emotions changed quite quickly. Nice for us to get over the line. Everyone contributed. We knew on a quick outfield like this we could catch up. Abhishek got off to a great start, Tripathi kept the momentum going, and you only need a few cameos after that," SRH captain Aiden Markram said.
Having lost 4 of their last 5 matches, SunRisers' confidence took a blow. And when Rajasthan rode on Jos Buttler's 95 and Sanju Samson's sensational 66 not out to post 214, the highest total in IPL history in Jaipur, the chips were down.
However, Abhishek Sharma hit a 34-ball 55 after which Rahul Tripathi chipped in with a 29-ball 47 as SunRisers kept themselves in the hunt.
Heinrich Klaasen came out and hit 24 off just 12 balls but Yuzvendra Chahal delivered a stunning 18th over, giving away just 3 runs and taking two wickets of the well-set batters.
SRH needed 41 off the last 12 balls when Glenn Phillips walked out and played the perfect cameo, hitting 3 sixes and a boundary in rookie pacer Kuldip Yadav's over.
Abdul Samad held his nerve and did the rest as SunRisers successfully gunned down 17 runs in the final after the rub of green went their way.
It was Rajasthan Royals' 5th dfefeat in 6 matches but the 2008 champions are still hanging onto their 4th spot with 10 points from 11 matches.
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