The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are locking horns with each other at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. After winning the toss, the RR skipper, Steve Smith decided to bowl first and asked the visitors to bat. However, the hosts have now registered a complete win over Hyderabad.
During the toss, the SRH skipper Kane Williamson revealed that they have made as many as three changes in the squad as Williamson, Siddharth Kaul, and Wriddhiman Saha came back in to replace, Jonny Bairstow, Yusuf Pathan, and Sandeep Sharma. On the other hand, RR also made a couple of changes as Liam Livingstone and Ashton Turner came back in the squad to replace, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes.
One of the few bad things for SRH in the game was the early dismissal of their skipper Williamson when he was undone by Shreya Gopal’s wrong’un in the 4th over. However, after his dismissal, David Warner and Manish Pandey continued their batting form as they added as many as 75 runs for the second wicket before the former getting out in the 13th over of Oshane Thomas owing to a mind-boggling catch by Steve Smith.
Too many wickets
Even, Manish got out in the 15th over of Gopal, owing to the brilliance of Sanju Samson behind the stumps. After Pandey’s dismissal, SRH lost the plot completely as from 121/3 they were reduced to 147/8. However, the fifth wicket of Deepak Hooda was quite interesting as Jaydev Unadkat took a fabulous catch on his own bowling with a full-stretched dive. SRH only managed to reach the total of 160/8 in their quota of 20 overs.
Rahane and Livingstone Partnership
During the chase, Ajinkya Rahane and Liam Livingstone gave a fiery start to RR as they amassed as many as 60 runs in the powerplay and 20 of them came in the 6th over itself of Siddharth Kaul as Livingstone smashed a couple of fours and sixes in that over. However, Livingstone was dismissed by Rashid Khan in the 10th over followed by Rahane’s dismissal in the 12th over of Shakib Al Hasan.
Then, Samson and Smith build a partnership for the fourth wicket as they added 55 runs. After Smith dismissal in the 17th over of Khaleel Ahamed, RR needed just 13 runs to win and they got over the line with 5 balls to spare.
Rajasthan Royals – 161/3 in 19.1 overs (S Samson: 48*, L Livingstone: 44; R Khan: 1/30) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad – 160/8 in 20 overs (M Pandey: 61; J Unadkat: 2/26, O Thomas: 2/28) by 7 wickets and 5 balls to spare