- RR steamroll over SRH
RR registered a thumping victory over SRH by 55 runs giving them the all important two points. Jos Buttler led his side from the front with a scintillating century, his first of the IPL. As a result, Hyderabad were nowhere in the game when they came out to chase. Thus the Sunrisers are in all sorts of trouble having lost six of their seven opening games.
As it Happened
New captain Kane Williamson won the toss for SRH, thus inviting Rajasthan to have a bat first. Buttler was accompanied by Yashasvi Jaiswal who, however, did not stay for long. As the young batsman left for 12, Sanju Samson then joined in with Buttler as the ball went flying all-around the ground. They went after every bowler, not letting them to settle.
The duo put up a mammoth partnership of 150-runs as Samson got out on 48, taking the Royals from 17 for 1 to 167 for 2. Buttler then went on to reach his century in just 56 deliveries, keeping on with the hitting. Riyan Parag and David Miller later did the finishing up job, taking Rajasthan’s total to an enormous 220 for the loss of three wickets in their 20 overs.
Chasing the huge target, Hyderabad had a good start with the new opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey. Hence, the two put up 57-runs in the powerplay, looking pretty much in queue for the chase. However, both the batsmen got out soon after in quick time as skipper Williamson and Vijay Shankar took over.
But, runs came slow for SRH from there apart from the regularly falling wickets. As a result, the Sunrisers looked nowhere in the chase with the asking rate higher then ever. Although Mohammad Nabi tried to put on a dying effort to reduce the loss margins, his short innings could not do much damage. In the end Hyderabad could only reach 165 runs for the loss of eight wickets, falling short by 55 runs.
Rajasthan Royals 220/3 ( Jos Buttler 124 (64), Sanju Samson 48 (33), Rashid Khan 1-24 (4) ) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 165/8 ( Manish Pandey 31 (20), Jonny Bairstow 30 (21), Mustafizur Rahman 3-20 (4), Chris Morris 3-29 (4) ) by 55 runs.
Man of the Match: Jos Buttler 124 (64)