IPL 2018: Rahane's 65 goes in vain as Hyderabad beat Rajasthan by 11 runs
Despite giving a tough fight, Rajasthan fell 11 runs short to defeat Hyderabad at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday.
Skipper Ajinkay Rahane smashed an unbeaten at 65 but couldn't help his team taste victory in today's game.
Sanju Samson, who is franchise's most consistent player, again played a brilliant knock and made 40 runs off 30 balls which included three fours and one six.
Earlier, Rajasthan's Jofra Archer took three wickets to restrict Hyderabad to a paltry total of 151 runs.
In his four overs, Archer gave just 26 runs.
On the other side, Skipper Kane Williamson and Alex Hales added 92 runs off 67 balls for the second wicket to help their team set a decent total on board.
While Shikhar Dhawan departed after making just six runs, Williamson smashed a brilliant half-century.
The skipper made 43-ball 63 before giving away his wicket to Sodhi.
Alex Hales, who was playing a superb knock, lost his wicket to Gowtham after making 45 runs off just 39 balls.
Hyderabad won the toss and opted to bat against Rajasthan at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday.
"We are gonna have a bat. Day game and it looks like a very good surface. Just the one change. Hales comes in for Nabi." he said
"The bowling has been going on nicely. The way we have adapted to the conditions has been superb," he added.
Meanwhile,  Rajasthan have lost three matches so far and won the same to be at number five in the league table.
The Ajinkya Rahane team would be looking to bring their campaign back on track by defeating Hyderabad.
Talking about their strategy for today, Rahane said, "We had a couple of days off. It is important to switch off a bit. The preparation has been fantastic and the mood in the camp has been superb. "
"Ish Sodhi is in. Very good leg-spinner and has been doing well for New Zealand. Mahipal Lomror, a local guy who has been doing well comes in as well. We were looking to bat first as well," he added.
Both the teams are facing each other for the second time in this year's IPL.