Jason Roy and skipper Kane Williamson hit half-centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets yesterday to record just their second win in this year’s Indian Premier League.
Roy, who made his debut for Hyderabad after replacing struggling David Warner, made 60 off 42 balls to set up Hyderabad’s chase of 165 in Dubai.
Williamson smashed an unbeaten 51 and steered the team home in 18.3 overs with two successive boundaries that brought up his fifty in 41 deliveries.
Hyderabad, who won their only crown in 2016 under Warner, still stay bottom of the eight-team table with little chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
“We obviously had a tough tournament, but to come out and play like that with a smile on the face, we got to keep our feet grounded and keep doing the right things,” said man-of-the-match Roy, who sat out the first half of the Twenty20 tournament in India.
The England opener stood out with his second IPL fifty-plus score in his first match of this Covid-hit season that resumed in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.
Roy, who hit eight fours and one six, put on a key partnerships with fellow opener Wriddhiman Saha, who made 18, and Williamson of 57 each.
He finally fell caught behind off left-arm quick Chetan Sakariya, but Williamson stood firm to take the team home and give them their second win in 10 matches.
Earlier Royals skipper Sanju Samson hit 82 off 57 deliveries to guide the team to 164-5 after they elected to bat first.
Samson overtook Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan as the tournament’s leading batsman with 433 runs in 10 matches and his team still in the hunt for the play-offs.
Royals made three changes to their team as Jaydev Unadkat, Evin Lewis and Chris Morris replaced injured Kartik Tyagi, David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Royals lost their first wicket early as Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck with his first ball of the match to dismiss Evin Lewis. But captain Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal strung a fine partnership as RR moved past fifty soon after powerplay.
The duo completed a fifty-run stand in the ninth over. But SRH managed to break the Jaiswal-Samson stand as Sandeep Sharma dismissed the left-hander for 36. RR lost another wicket in quick succession as Rashid Khan got Liam Livingstone out in the 11th over.
Samson and Mahipal Lomror then joined forces and went on to build a fine 84-run stand.
The pair took RR past hundred in the 14th over before Samson cranked a six in the 15th over to move closer to a half-century.
The RR skipper then went after Kaul, hammering a four and two sixes in the next over to sail past fifty, cross the 400-run mark in this edition of the tournament and completed 3000 runs in IPL.
With two overs to go, RR had cruised past 150. However, SRH pulled things back in the last two overs. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled the penultimate over, conceded just seven runs, Kaul bowled a double-wicket final over – which saw him dismiss Samson for a fine 82 and Riyan Parag – conceding just four runs as SRH limited RR to 164/6.
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Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 167/3 (Jason Roy 60, Kane Williamson 51*; Mahipal Lomror 1/22) beat Rajasthan Royals 164/6 (Sanju Samson 82, Yashasvi Jaiswal 36; Siddarth Kaul 2/36) by 7 wickets.
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