It was a run feast at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium as we watched a total of 399 runs scored in 39 overs. Both the team batsmen showed their brilliance in the friendly-batting wicket. However, it was David Warner and Johnny Baristow’s fireworks that lead SRH to stunning five-wicket victory and put Sanju Samson ton in vain.
* As it Happened:
Rajasthan Royal Captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first. While the visitors remained unchanged, Sunrisers Hyderabad made two changes. Kane Williamson and Shahbaz Nadeem were returned in place of Shakib Al Hasan and Deepak Hooda.
As decided to bat first, Rajasthan decision didn’t go according to the plan as they only managed to score 35 runs in the powerplay. However, wickets in hand were the only positive for the Royals. Despite the early loss of Jos Buttler, Both Ajinkya Rahane along with Sanju Samson showed us a batting masterclass as they added 119 runs brilliant second wicket partnership from just 75 balls before Shahbaz Nadeem sending the RR Captain back to the pavilion. Rahane provided the momentum as he scored 70 runs off 49 balls.
THough Ben Stokes walked ahead of Steve Smith, he failed to get his momentum going. But Towards the end, Samson showed a classy masterclass by took on Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 24 runs in the eighteenth over and 21 runs in the final over. This stunning piece of Samson unbeaten 102 of 55 balls helped Royals post a massive total of 198 runs.
In the Second Innings chasing a huge target, SRH needed a perfect start to their innings, and it was provided by David Warner and Johnny Bairstow. Warner in particular who started SRH innings with the boundary before thrashing RR bowlers to all corners of the park played a stunning innings for the team. He scored his fifty of just 26 balls and helped SRH to get 69 runs in the powerplay. Johnny Bairstow also showed his firework by smashing 45 runs off 28 balls. The duo added 110 runs in 9.4 overs before Ben Stokes dismiss David Warner(69 runs of 37 balls). However, Bairstow too departed Soon.
Despite two quick crucial wickets and with 82 needed off last 9 overs, it was Vijay Shankar who kept the momentum going in favour of SRH. He Showed a Super Cameo of 35 runs of just 15 balls. But once again the match showed a dramatic change as Shreyas Gopal sent Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey in back to back deliveries and titled the match in favour of RR. However, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan showed their tricks and lead SRH to victory with one over to spare.
* Best Batting Performance:
For RR: Sanju Samson who scored a 55 ball unbeaten 102 runs, become the best batting performer. However, Ajinkya Rahane too played a supporting act by providing a solid inning of 70 runs.
For SRH: The Australian Opener-David Warner become the best batting performer. His destructive innings of 69 runs from 37 balls provided SRH with the momentum at the beginning of the run chase.
* Best Bowling Performance:
For RR: Shreyas Gopal the leg-spinner produced a fine spell of bowling. His figures of 3-27 helped RR to keep them in the game till final overs.
For SRH: Rashid Khan becomes the standout bowling performer. Where all the bowlers are leaking runs, He was the only bowler who conceded 6 runs per over and took the crucial wicket of Jos Buttler in the beginning. He ends his spell on 1-24.
* The Game Changer:
David Warner becomes the Game Changer of the Match. His stunning knock in the powerplay helps the Sunrisers to keep the momentum in their favour while chasing such a huge target on the board. His Stunning Knock was studded with 9 fours and two sixes.
* Man of the Match:
* Brief Scores:
Rajasthan Royals: 198/2.
(Sanju Samson 102*, Ajinkya Rahane 70, Rashid Khan 1-24).
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 201/5 – 19 overs.
(David Warner 69, Jonny Bairstow 45, Vijay Shankar 35, Shreyas Gopal 3-27).
* Record Alerts:
~`It was SRH’s highest run chase in the history of Vivo IPL.
~ Out of last 6 Vivo IPl centuries, 5 have come against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
* Match Stats: ~ Bhuvaneshwar Kumar went for 55 runs in his spell for four overs, only the second time this has happened in his career of VIVO IPL.