IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals register comprehensive 61-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad

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IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals register comprehensive 61-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad
IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals register comprehensive 61-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals register comprehensive 61-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals won their first match of the Indian Premier League 15, defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 61 runs at MCA stadium.

With a mammoth 211-run mark to chase, the Sunrisers got off to the worst possible start, losing captain Kane Williamson in the second over of the game to Prasidh Krishna, who caught him in first slip for 2. In his next over, pacer Prasidh Krishna struck again, removing Rahul Tripathi for a duck caught behind by wicket-keeper and captain Sanju Samson, leaving Hyderabad in trouble at 7 for 2 in a wicket-maiden over.

Trent Boult, a left-arm bowler, also joined the party, dismissing Nicholas Pooran leg before wicket for a duck as Hyderbad reduced to 9/3.

Hyderabad had clawed their way to 14 for 3 at the end of Powerplay.

Yuzvendra Chahal was brought into the attack and took a wicket in his first over, dismissing Abhishek Sharma for nine runs. Shimron Hetmyer apprehended him.

Chahal took a wicket in the second delivery of his next over, dismissing Abdul Samad for 4 caught by Riyan Parag, as Hyderabad lost half of their team for only 39 runs.

In the 13th over, the 2016 winners scraped their way to 50 runs, thanks to Aiden Markram’s tenacity. To Nathan Coulter-Nile, Romario Shepherd smashed a pair of sixes in a row.

Chahal claimed his third wicket, dismissing Romario Shepherd for 24 runs and shattering his stumps to reduce Hyderabad to 78 for 6, breaking a 41-run partnership. In his four overs, the leg-spinner had figures of 3/22.

Washington Sundar joined Markram in the batting order and batted fiercely to push Hyderabad’s total above 100 runs. Sundar went on to score 40 from 14 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes.

For the seventh wicket, Markram and Sundar put up 55 runs. Boult ended the partnership by dismissing Sundar, who had caught by Hetmyer. Hyderabad could only muster 149/7 in 20 overs, falling 61 runs short of Rajasthan’s total. Markram went on to reach a half-century and remained unbeaten on 57 off 41 balls.

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson had won the toss and decided to bowl first earlier in the encounter. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler in the fifth over, but he overstepped and the verdict was overturned owing to a no-ball.

Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal batted deliberately at first, but in the fourth over, the English wicket-keeper batter smashed 21 runs in his maiden over against Umran Malik, bringing the team’s total to 34 in four overs without losing a wicket.

IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals register comprehensive 61-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad
Rajasthan Royals register comprehensive 61-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Rajasthan surpassed the 50-run mark in the fifth over when Washington Sundar came into the attack. He, too, went for 18 runs. Moreover, the first-time champions had reached 58 runs without losing a wicket at the end of the powerplay.

Rajasthan reduced to 58/1 as medium-pacer Romario Shepherd reintroduced into the attack. However, removing Yashasvi Jaiswal for 20 after Aiden Markram caught him for 20.

Captain Sanju Samson took to the crease and immediately began hammering boundaries and sixes. Umran Malik was reintroduced into the attack in the ninth over, and the Kashmiri pacer claimed Buttler for 35 off 27 balls, caught behind by wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran.

Sanju Samson unaffected by Buttler’s removal, as he continued to score runs by hitting boundaries and sixes. Devdutt Padikkal, on the other hand, provided excellent assistance to his captain by taking the team’s total above the triple-figure mark in just 11 overs.

The 73-run stand finally broken when bowler Umran Malik dismissed Padikkal for 41 off 29 balls. Also his second wicket of the game, and Rajasthan reduced to 148/3.

In just 25 balls, Samson smashed a half-century to push Rajasthan Royals’ total above 150 runs in 15.3 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar eventually got his hands on Samson’s prized scalp. Knocking him for 55 runs off 27 balls, caught by Abdul Samad. However, the loss of the captain’s wicket had no effect on the Rajasthan Royals’ scoring. As Shimron Hetmyer batted effectively to lift his team’s total above 200 runs.

Therefore, T Natarajan cleaned out Hetmyer for 32 from 13 balls. And he also dismissed Riyan Parag for 14 in the 20th over as Rajasthan set Hyderabad a 211-run mark.

Brief scores:

Rajasthan Royals 210/6 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 55, Devdutt Padikkal 41; Umran Malik 2/39)

Sunrisers Hyderabad 149/7 in 20 overs (Aiden Markram 57*, Washington Sundar 40; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/22, Prasidh Krishna 2/16)