Visakhapatnam: Looking to keep their winning run intact, IPL table-toppers Rajasthan Royals face a stern SunRisers Hyderabad test in their fourth match of the Twenty20 league, here today.
Steve Smith en route his 53-ball 79 against MI on Tuesday. Pic/PTI
If RR have have been unbeaten in their three games so far, then the David Warner-led SRH have had a mixed run with a loss and a win in their two matches.
But after easing past Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game, SRH have a new-found confidence that may come good on their second home ground at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith hoped his team would continue this form throughout the event. Man-of-the-Match Smith played an unbeaten 53-ball 79-run knock, as the Royals hunted down Mumbai Indians' total of 164-5, posting 165-3 in 19.1 overs on Tuesday.
"I hope it continues and Royals have won three now and hopefully, we can continue with this form throughout the tournament," Smith said at the post-match presentation after Tuesday's win.
The half-century Smith scored was his first in IPL history. When asked whether he knew about it, he said: "I didn't know about that, it's nice."
'I never get tired'
Speaking about his match-winning innings, he said, "I never get tired. It's my job to score runs and it was nice to contribute to the win tonight. I guess I am doing it pretty consistently (on shuffling across the crease)."