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GAME LOST, HEARTS WON

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Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty exults after her team beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in New Delhi on Wednesday.— Photo: PTI
Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty exults after her team beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in New Delhi on Wednesday.— Photo: PTI

Darren Sammy produced the magical twist for Sunrisers Hyderabad when he pulled off a sensational catch to send back the dangerous Shane Watson against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL eliminator on Wednesday night. And, then took two crucial wickets -- bringing smiles to many Hyderabadi faces.

But that seemed not just good enough. Well, Sunrisers may have ended up losers against Royals in Delhi. But, they have clearly won the hearts of thousands of cricket fans in this part of the world.No doubt, many in the twin cities were desperately hoping for one more special performance under pressure and defending a low total.“We love the way SRH played its cricket. It kept everything simple and effective. May be, they have failed tonight. But, honestly, we are not disappointed,” says K. Sabarish, Hyderabad under-19 cricketer.

Right from the start of this edition of IPL, the crowds, especially in the city, showed tremendous support to the team which is making its debut in the IPL. And, to their delight, SRH, unlike Deccan Chargers earlier, always came up with special performances -- often defending meagre totals thanks to its quality bowling -- winning seven out of the eight home games.

“There could have been no better joy for us than to see our ‘own’ team in the semi-final in Kolkata. Disappointed yes, we are proud of the brand of cricket SRH played right through this IPL,” says Hyderabad Sultans hockey coach Narinderpal Singh of SBI, an avoid follower of cricket too.

“We have come thus far when no one gave us a chance and that by itself is a great achievement,” argues M. V. S. Siddarth, a B. Tech graduate and an avid cricket lover.

Sunrisers Hyderabad may have lost to Rajasthan Royals, but the team surely has won the hearts of thousands of cricket fans

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