New Zealand skipper Williamson made an unbeaten 51 as they reached 167-3 with nine balls to spare in Dubai.Earlier, the Royals’ total of 164-5 was built on captain Sanju Samson’s impressive 82 from only 57 balls. Needing a win to jump to fourth in the table – and therefore into play-off contention – the Royals looked set for a much bigger total before Samson was caught by Jason Holder off Siddarth Kaul.
But some smart death bowling from the Sunrisers, and India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in particular, restricted Rajasthan towards the end of their innings.
It was a measured chase from start to finish from Hyderabad, who are bottom of the eight-team table and cannot reach the play-offs, while the Royals remain sixth, needing to win their four remaining matches to qualify.
Rajasthan Royals 164-5 (20 overs): Sanju Samson 82 , Yashasvi Jaiswal 36, Siddarth Kaul 2-36
Sunrisers Hyderabad 167-3 (18.3 overs): Jason Roy 60, Kane Williamson 51 not out. (BBC)