Even a four-month-long break did nothing to reset Hyderabad’s fortunes and save their fast sinking ship. They’ve been just as abysmal as they were before the Covid break.
Since the restart, they’ve lost both their matches, including the one against Punjab Kings last night where all they had to do was chase down 126 runs and they couldn’t even do that.
It’s almost unbelievable that a side featuring an IPL legend like David Warner, a generational batsman such as Kane Williamson and several other internationals could not manage a target that low.
Their bowlers deserved credit on the night for restricting Punjab to just 125-7 but there is no point now as five straight defeats and just one win all season has put them out of playoff contention. Here comes an array of dead rubbers for them.
Rajasthan Royals have won one and lost one since IPL resumed. They sit just a spot above Hyderabad but are still very much in playoff contention, thanks to their haul of eight points from nine games.
It cannot be said that they are impressive but they are competing at the very least. In their first game of the UAE leg, they beat Punjab Kings by a slim margin before being beaten by league leaders Delhi Capitals in the next game.
In the defeat to Delhi, their batting betrayed them, which is not a new or unheard of story. Captain Sanju Samson finished with an unbeaten 70, and Mahipal Lomror was the only other batter to score in double figures as the Royals could muster just 12 in response to Delhi’s 154.