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Sanju Samson steered RR home comfortably after building on the Rahane-Livingstone opening stand

It's all we have for you from Jaipur, the scorecard might look temptingly close, but no, don't fall for any of that. It's been a walk home for the Royals. Anyway, until we meet next, twice in fact tomorrow, ta ta!!

Jaydev Unadkat | Man of the Match: All I can say is I needed this. I have had a tough time and I needed this to boost my own confidence. The management and Smudge (Smith) have been backing me. I needed them in such tough moments, really glad.

Steve Smith: Liam Livingstone was magnificent as he played with freedom and got us off to a good start. Samson finished things off nicely. Playing together as a group and we're winning those key moments. We have been fortunate in the last few games.

Kane Williamson: It was quite difficult out there. It was potentially a competitive total at the halfway stage. They did better than us. They kept wickets in hand, we couldn't get those breakthroughs and squeeze.

What this win for RR also means is that CSK are now through to the play-offs. Boy, there's a mathematical edge at every damn step.

ALL OVER. Rajasthan keep themselves alive, although it's only by the skin of their teeth, but they've been plain dominant today, finishing off with five balls remaining.

Nope, Samson and Smith seem to be in no mood to spice up the contest. They're being just as clinical, closing out this contest with utmost professionalism.

Finally, there's respite for Hyderabad from the carnage. Rashid Khan gets rid of Livingstone. Shakib Al Hasan gets rid of Rahane. But those two have brought down the asking rate very, very substantially. Who else, but that man Rashid to draw some blood first up.

You know things aren't going well for you when Rashid Khan doesn't threaten either. Well, it's been such an outing here for Hyderabad, who waste a review as well with Rashid coaxing Williamson into going for a review against Livnigstone for an LBW, with three greens coming up in the DRS.

Livingstone's no mug either. Promoted up to open the innings, he's swinging his bat around generously -- taking a special liking for Sid Kaul and smashing him around for two fours and two sixes in one over.

Rahane's off. Once again in his post captaincy phase, he's taken Rajasthan off to a flier in the powerplay.

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Jaydev Undadkat | Perhaps with his first good moment of the season: We assessed the wicket well and our plans worked (in the second half). We were ordinary in the field during the powerplay but (Smith) was happy with our effort in the end.

When not with the ball, he'll stun you with the bat -- Rashid Khan's late blitz gives SRH something respectable - 160/8.

Make it 6/34. It in fact CAN get worse.

It's a certified collapse guys. 24 runs. 4 wickets. Warner, Pandey, Shankar, Hooda. One of them to a stunning Smith catch. One of them to a stunning Samson catch. Two of them to stunning Unadkat catches.

It's slipping away here. After a few stagnant overs, Pandey falls. Vijay Shankar follows. Rajasthan are right back into this.

Stat this: Highest scores without a boundary (IPL):

37(32) D Warner SRH v RR Jaipur 2019 *

34(39) S Smith RPS v SRH Hyderabad 2017

28(30) MS Dhoni CSK v RCB Joburg 2009

It needed a piece of brilliance to break this Warner-Pandey stand, and Steve Smith just doesn't mind putting his injured shoulder through some more pain - runs like crazy and dives flush on his hurt right hand. Ahh, the things the IPL makes you do. Warner goes!

Okay Manish Pandey is in some mood. 4, 1, 4, 1, 1, 4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 4, 4, 1, 1, 2, 4, 4. Talk about the World Cup axe! It's not everyday that you outscore a certain David Warner.

Kohli, ABD and now Williamson -- the Shreyas Gopal victims list has another feather added with a googly. Here - his complete list - Kohli, AB, Bairstow, Rohit, Dhawan, De Kock, Hetmyer, Lynn, Williamson.

Ah, perfectly confusing scenes to kick things off .. Warner tries to leave, gets an edge to backward point, who has an aimless shy at the stumps with nobody backing up as well. Worse, it runs away to the boundary. Also, did I forget, it's the first ball of the day!

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): David Warner, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas

Right. Smith starts with a cheer -- Wins the toss on his last home game. He will BOWL. Also, also, Wriddhiman Saha is finally getting a game. If you're living in some other planet and you've missed it, Williamson is back as well.

So one of the RR nemesis, Bairstow has gone back. They'll not just need an opener, they'll need a keeper as well. So, here's the bbb comm, here's the preview. Meanwhile, this is one of the last matches for both these sides to maximize their results given that two of their biggest stars - Smith and Warner - are set to head back home.

Match #45: Some things in life are plain hard to digest. Now factor this, your team desperately needs to win, your player scores a century as well, but then the opposition - once again riding on two beasts of batsmen - come out and smash you around to deny you yet another match that you SHOULD have won. Yea, such has been Rajasthan's 2019. And now, with only 14 points the maximum they can get to, they have a chance to avenge their humiliation in the reverse fixture. Hello ..

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