An all-round performance delivered Rajasthan Royals a comfortable win against Sunrisers Hyderabad and earned them two crucial points in the Indian Premier League 2019. With this win RR have kept their play-off hopes alive but have also made the points table complicated with several teams still in the contention for the first four places.
In the absence of Jonny Bairstow, skipper Kane Williamson opened the innings for SRH but was out in just the fourth over. But then Manish Pandey played a stunning innings and added 75 runs with David Warner who once again looked good for another big score in IPL season 12.
Oshane Thomas brought curtains on Warner’s (37 off 32 balls) show in the 13th over and then Pandey (61 off 36 balls) followed soon as SRH witnessed a batting collapse.
Jaydev Unadkat removed Shakib Al Hasan and Deepak Hooda on successive deliveries in the 17th over while Varun Aaron chipped in with two wickets. Thus SRH managed just 160 runs in their 20 overs.
The pertaining question before the match started was how would RR cope up with Jos Buttler’s absence as he was their stand-out performer so far in IPL 2019.
But Liam Livingstone ensured that Buttler’s absence wasn’t felt as he scored 44 off 26 balls and slammed 78 runs for the first wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (39 off 34 balls).
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After the departure of both openers Sanju Samson took the reins in his hand and steered Rajasthan home in the 20th over. Samson added 55 runs for the third wicket with skipper Steve Smith but Smith departed in the 17th over for 22 off 16 balls.
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Samson (48 not out of 32 balls) pulled Shakib for a four on the first ball of the 20th over and earned RR two points that take their tally to 10 points in 12 games. On the other hand SRH are at number four with five wins in 11 games.