Being out-of-contingent to reach the top 4 has not stopped the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to make sure they play spoilsport as they defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 7 wickets at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday. The team from Hyderabad record their second win of the season.
It was a must-needed win for RR to rise in the points table of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but this encounter has them at the sixth spot with eight points to their name.
The Hyderabad franchise got the perfect start from openers Jason Roy (60) and Wriddhiman Saha (18) as they built up the fifty run partnership. But after Saha’s wicket, Kane Williamson and Roy kept smashing the ball across the field.
While Priyam Garg was dismissed for a duck, it did not do much damage as Abhishek Sharma (21) played like the best second-fiddle to Williamson. In fact, Williamson reached his half-century with a four and that was also the winning shot for SRH.
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Earlier, Sanju Samson starred with the bat as RR posted a score of 164/5 in their allotted twenty overs. Opting to bat first, RR had a shaky start after their star opener Evin Lewis walked back to the dressing room in the second over of the innings.
For the Royals, Sanju Samson played an all-important inning of 82. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Mahipal Lomror also played crucial innings of 36 and 29* respectively for the team in pink. Siddarth Kaul scalped two wickets, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Rashid Khan returned with one wicket each for SRH.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck on his first ball as Abdul Samad caught Lewis on the fence. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson then steadied the ship for the team in pink as the duo gathered 49 runs in the first powerplay.
The pair continued with their carnage in the middle overs. In the 9th over, Sandeep Sharma got the important breakthrough for SRH as he broke the dangerous-looking stand between Jaiswal and RR skipper. Jaiswal walked back to the pavilion after scoring 36 off 23 balls. Rashid Khan struck in 11th over for SRH as he removed struggling Liam Livingstone.
Abdul Samad caught Livingstone in the deep. Amid this, Sanju Samson continued mixing his caution with some delightful strokeplay. Royals skipper soon crossed the 50 run mark in the 16th over of the innings. RR gathered 20 runs in that over.
Siddarth Kaul removed Samson in the last over of the innings. Sanju Samson walked back for 82 off 57 balls. Riyan Parag also got out in that last over as SRH managed to finish on a high at the end of innings. Rajasthan Royals (RR) innings ended on 164/5.
Samson added another feather to his illustrious cap as he completed 3,000 runs. He also acquired the Orange Cap from Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan.
In IPL 2021, Samson has gathered 433 runs from 10 games at an average of 54.12 with one hundred and two fifties.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli leads the all-time list with 6,185 runs followed by Shikhar Dhawan (5,627), Rohit Sharma (5,556), Suresh Raina (5,523) and David Warner (5,449) rounding up the top-five.
(Inputs from ANI)