Sanju Samson smashed the first century of IPL 2019, helping Rajasthan Royals pile up 198/2 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday (March 29).
Samson, 24, came to crease quite early after Rashid Khan dismissed the in-form Jos Buttler (5) in the fourth over of Royals’ innings. Rahane and Samson then stitched a 119-run stand with both getting to their respective milestones but the latter kept going and brought up his second IPL century.
Both batsmen were patient in the powerplay but as the game wore on, they found their groove and started playing shots all around the park. Samson reached his half-century off 34 deliveries, while Rahane, the Royals’ captain, hit 70 off 49 before falling to Shahbaz Nadeem.
When the 16th over ended, Samson was batting on 57 and scoring a century seemed far-fetched. But in the 18th over, he smacked Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 24 runs to move to 85 before reaching the three-figure mark with a boundary in the 20th over.
“(It) Feels good to score an IPL hundred, but this is just the start of the tournament and I got to stay grounded and do what the team wants. The pitch was a bit slow to start with, but with time it got easy,” said Samson.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat. They named an unchanged eleven, while Sunrisers Hyderabad brought in captain Kane Williamson - who had missed the game against Kolkata Knight Riders due to a shoulder injury - and Shahbaz Nadeem at the expense of Shakib Al Hasan and Deepak Hooda.
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