Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs to register their second win

The toss was won by Rajasthan Royals, who elected to bat first. Going into the match, SRH had made some bold and interesting changes. One of them that caught everyone’s attention was the benching of David Warner. He was replaced by Jason Roy.

In the 40th match of Vivo IPL 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad took on the Rajasthan Royals at Dubai International stadium. Rajasthan was coming into this game on the back of a couple of mixed results. While they showed some stupendous class of batting and bowling to beat Punjab in the last ball thriller, in their first game. They lost the second match due to a batting collapse against Delhi Capitals. On the other hand, Sunrisers being the first team of this IPL to have been officially out of the Playoff race, were in it for the pride, which they were indeed able to secure at the end of it.

The toss was won by Rajasthan Royals, who elected to bat first. Going into the match, SRH had made some bold and interesting changes. One of them that caught everyone’s attention was the benching of David Warner. He was replaced by Jason Roy. Royals didn’t get on to a very good start as the opening partnership was broken in the very first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He Sent back Evin Lewis for just 6 runs. The Royals ship was steadied by their captain Samson and opener Jaiswal who added 56 runs for the second wicket.

Jaiswal departed in the 9th over and he was soon followed by Livingstone, who couldn’t stay long at the crease too and departed in the 11th over. Samson, however, continuing his great form smashed another half-century. Batting quickly beside a sensible Lomror at the other end, he took SRH past the 160 runs mark.

Towards the end, the Hyderabadi bowlers tightened things up by picking the wickets of Samson and Parag in quick succession. Also, they didn’t allow Lomror any chance to open his arms. As a result, despite their great start, Rajasthan could only post 164 in their 20 overs. Once again it was Jason Holder, who was the pick of the bowler for the SRH side. Although he didn’t pick up any wicket, it was his spell of 4 over in which he gave away just 28 runs that helped build up the pressure. Banking on which, Siddharth Kaul picked up 2 wickets in the last over of the innings.

With the momentum on their side, SRH openers Saha and Jason Roy gave their side an emphatic start. Saha scored a riveting 18 in 11 runs, while Roy was a little slow to start. Although once he had the idea of how the pitch was behaving, he just took charge of the bowlers, dispatching them all around the park. Together the opening duo made 57 runs in just 5 overs. In the fifth over, Saha fell prey to the introduction of spin in the form of Lomror. With captain Williamson now, on the other hand, Jason Roy kept up his attacking game and brought up his maiden 50 in just 36 balls, in his debut innings.

Just when it felt as if there was no way to tame Roy, Samson decided to go back to his main bowler and brought Sakariya back into the attack, and voila it worked. On the last ball of an economic 12th over Roy tried to take on Sakariya to make the most of the over and ended up with an inside edge. Samson took a low diving catch to dismiss the Englishman. It is a golden rule of cricket that one wicket brings another, and Mustafizur proved it yet again as he picked up the third wicket of the match in the final ball of the 13th over.

Despite all the drama, SRH didn’t lose its grip over the match. Williamson along with Abhishek Sharma made sure that their team lost no more wickets. Captain Williamson played a very sensible knock of 51 runs in 41 balls to ensure that his team reached home safely. SRH defeated RR with 7 wickets and 9 balls to spare.

 

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