A new-look and re-energized Rajasthan Royals shot from the beginning and imposed on Sunrisers Hyderabad a 61-run hammering to start their campaign in IPL-15 on a thrilling note on Tuesday. RR got the better of SRH in every branch after captain Sanju Samson guided from the front with a scintillating 27-ball 55 to pull his team to an imposing 210 for six.
Smarting from the pounding in the first half of their opening fixture, SRH failed to pose any danger to RR after a fatal beginning to their innings, which saw them fall to 9/3 and then 29/4.
In the end, Kane Williamson’s (2) team was halted at 149 for seven, with the captain himself taking a bad day in office.
SRH wouldn’t have got even that many had it not been for Aiden Markram’s unbeaten 57 and Washington Sundar’s 14-ball 40, the latter rather pushing up with the willow after his forgettable tour with the ball.
SRH’s top-order batting was in stark difference from Samson and Devdutt Padikkal (41 off 29 balls; 4×4; 6×2), who counted 73 runs for the third wicket off 41 balls before Shimron Hetmyer used his brute strength to whip 32 in only 13 deliveries and take RR past 200.
Samson’s six-hitting prowess was on show as he smashed five most and three edges, limiting no bowler during his fun stay in the middle.
Later Hetymar struck three sixes to collect on SRH’s discomfort.
A clinical performance by the bowlers, guided by leg-spinner Yuzvedra Chahal (3/22 in 4 overs), then finished the assignment for RR.
Pursuing an incredible 211, Sunrisers lost key batter Williamson after a diving catch by Padikkal before Rahul Tripathi (0) evolved Prasidh Krishna’s second target of the day. It evolved 9/3 as Trent Boult tangled Nicolas Pooran (0) in front of the wicket.
To make issues worse, Chahal dismissed two more batters Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad in a fast sequence, as Sunrisers lost half their side for 37 runs and gaped at a heavy loss.
But Markram, Romario Shepherd (24), and Sundar, who got 24 runs in the 17th over, postponed the inescapable and declined the margin of loss.
During the final over, pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile injured himself while dismounting and was taken off.
The @rajasthanroyals start their #TATAIPL campaign on a winning note.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 29, 2022
Three wickets for @yuzi_chahal and two wickets apiece for Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna as #RR win by 61 runs.
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Put into bat, Royals opener Jos Buttler got energy on zero turns of a no-ball. Buttler (35) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (20) then gave the side a flying start, counting 58 runs to apply the basis for a big total.
Buttler was trying on Umran Malik, beating him for two fours and two maximums in the fourth over, as RR managed 21 runs.
The two openers then smashed a six each off Sundar (0/47) in the next over as RR ran to 52 for no loss in five overs.
Jaiswal regardless passed in the seventh over, holing out to Markram off Shepherd. While Buttler, hit three fours and many sixes, was discharged at the start of the ninth over as RR decreased to 75 for two.
Establishing a plan straightaway, Samson began with a four and a six over long-off and hit another most over fine-leg, carrying on the SRH attack with enthusiasm.
While Samson found the wall at will, Padikkal too got into the track and began shooting in the 12th over when he removed T Natarajan for a max.
Samson was again difficult on Sundar, hitting him for two consecutive sixes in the 16th over as RR paraded on.
SRH pulled Paddikkal and Samson in the fast series, but a lot of cracks had been done by then before Hetmyer compounded the bowling team’s sorrows with his huge hits as RR scored 123 runs in the back 10.