Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) finally find their way back in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team can now heave a sigh of relief as they break their losing streak with a win against Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets. It was an all-round performance by the Orange Army that helped them in registering their second victory in IPL.
The high-octane clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals commenced with the RR skipper Sanju Samson winning the toss. Opting to bat first, RR were denied a dream start with the willow. The team lost their opening batter, Evin Lewis, in the second over only at a score of six.
However, the team had nothing to worry about as the skipper Sanju Samson again worked his charm with the willow. Samson played one of the finest knocks of his IPL career by hammering 82 runs off 57 deliveries. The captain found an ally in Yashasvi Jaiswal who added 36 runs while facing 23 deliveries.
In the end, Hyderabad were successful in stopping RR at 164 runs in 20 overs. Siddarth Kaul finished as the most successful bowler for the Orange Army by picking two wickets. Meanwhile, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had one each under their belt.
Jason Roy emerges as the wrecker-in-chief for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Chasing 165, Hyderabad got off to a rollicking start in the powerplay. The team made a mockery of the opposition bowlers by smashing 57 runs in the first five overs. Rajasthan finally managed to break the opening partnership by sending Wriddhiman Saha back to the pavilion while he was playing at 18.
However, it was Jason Roy, who ensured that RR don’t get a chance to make a comeback in the game. Roy, who was added into the team as a replacement for David Warner, smashed a scintillating 60 off just 42 balls. SRH, flattened a bit after the 12th over as Chetan Sakariiya was successful in sending Roy back to the pavilion.
It was the skipper Kane Williamson who bailed the team out of the crisis by smashing an under-pressure fifty. Abhishek Sharma also played a good cameo as he hit 21 runs off 16 balls. While SRH will not have any impact after winning the match, RR have surely reduced their chances of making it to the playoffs. The team now needs a victory in all their upcoming games to ensure a top-four finish.