In the 40th match of the VIVO IPL 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets. Jason Roy’s fiery knock of 60 along with Kane Williamson’s (51*) guidance helped SRH to chase down the competitive target of 165 with nine balls to spare.
Sunrisers Hyderabad lost the toss and was asked to field. Sanju Samson’s (82) assault in the middle-overs set the stage for Rajasthan Royals. The Hyderabad-based franchise made a comeback at the back end of the innings and restricted RR to a reasonable total. The SRH openers gave a commendable start in the run chase. Jason Roy and Wriddhiman Saha’s opening stand provided 57 in the powerplay before the latter was stumped on Mahipal Lomror’s bowling. Roy was butchering Rajasthan’s bowling line-up in the first ten overs. The opener’s counter-attack laid the foundation for the chase. Kane Williamson was the number three batsman, the SRH skipper and Roy gathered 57 runs for the second wicket which kept the momentum on their side. Roy fell victim to a soft dismissal, the English player edged the slow delivery while playing the scoop on Chetan Sakariya’s bowling. The new batsman Priyam Garg was dismissed in the following over. Just when RR was looking for a comeback, Williamson kept the scoreboard ticking with his sensible batting. The SRH captain stitched an unbeaten 48-run partnership with Abhishek Sharma (21*) which guided SRH over the finish line with nine balls to spare.
Siddharth Kaul was the pick among the bowlers for SRH for his two wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma pocketed one wicket each. For RR, Sakariya, Lomror and Mustafizur Rahman had one scalp each to their names.
Following this fixture, SRH has acquired the eighth spot with four points while RR has occupied the sixth position with eight points.
Rajasthan Royals: 164/5, Overs 20, Sanju Samson (82), Yashasvi Jaiswal (36), Siddharth Kaul (2/36)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 167/3, Overs 18.3, Jason Roy (60), Kane Williamson (51*), Mahipal Lomror (1/22)