Watson, Faulkner upend Sunrisers

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Australian duo Shane Watson and James Faulkner stood at the fore of the Rajasthan Royals' convincing eight-wicket triumph over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Saturday's Indian Premier League clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Australian duo Shane Watson and James Faulkner stood at the fore of the Rajasthan Royals' convincing eight-wicket triumph over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Saturday's Indian Premier League clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Fast bowler Faulkner secured telling figures of five for 20 in an inadequate Hyderabad total of 144 for nine before batsman Watson, who scored a century earlier in the tournament, struck an unbeaten 98 from a mere 53 balls, 13 boundaries and a quartet of sixes included.

Left-arm seamer Faulker, named in Australia's Ashes squad earlier this week, helped reduce the Sunrisers to 29-6 after they had opted to bat first. Darren Sammy hit 60 off 41 balls to get the Sunrisers up to a 144-9 from their 20 overs.

But Watson made a mockery of that target, slamming 13 fours and four sixes in his 53-ball contribution from number three as the Royals got home with 13 deliveries to spare.

The result moves Rajasthan above Hyderabad into third place in the IPL standings on net run-rate.

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