Sunrisers Hyderabad secured their first win in IPL 2019 as they beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday (March 29).
Here’s a look at the talking points of the match -
In his last seven IPL innings, Jos Buttler, who opens for Rajasthan Royals, had scored six half-centuries including a 69-run knock against Kings XI Punjab earlier this week. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson didn’t wait long to turn to his go-to man Rashid Khan. The leg-spinner, who was asked to bowl the fourth over, took just two deliveries to remove England’s T20 and ODI vice-captain. Rashid eventually finished with figures of 1/24 from his four overs.
The Kerala batsman smashed the first century of IPL 2019, helping Rajasthan Royals reach 198/2. It was an innings that oozed class and maturity. After being patient early on, Sanju Samson accelerated just at the right time to reach the three-figure mark off just 54 deliveries. His unbeaten 102 included 10 fours and four sixes.
HIGHLIGHT OF SAMSON’S DOMINANCE - He took on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and smashed the India bowler for 24 runs in the 18th over.
Calm and composed Rahane makes his presence felt
While the identity of India's No. 4 at the World Cup is still uncertain, Ajinkya Rahane made a strong case for himself with a 49-ball 70, studded with four boundaries and three sixes. He showed that not only can he hold the innings together, but can also switch gears when the situation demands.
Warner shines again
After scoring 85 (against Kolkata Knight Riders) on his IPL comeback last week, David Warner came up with yet another splendid knock and that too when his team needed the most. The SRH opener slammed a 29-ball half-century and shared 110 runs for the opening wicket with Jonny Bairstow (45) before departing for 69.
SRH seal the deal
Vijay Shankar, coming in at No. 4, hit three sixes and a four in his 15-ball 35. But when Shankar and Manish Pandey (1) fell off consecutive deliveries, SRH found themselves in a spot of bother at 167/5. However, Yusuf Pathan (16*) and Rashid (15*) played sensibly as the 2016 champions achieved their highest successful run chase in the history of IPL.
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