RR vs SRHIPL 2021, RR vs SRH: Kane Williamson is making a comeback as skipper of the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

IPL 2021, RR vs SRH: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) continued to be at the bottom of the table after losing by 55 runs to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the first match of the doubleheader Sunday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

SRH won the toss and opted to bowl first. Jos Buttler scored 124, the highest individual score of the season so far, to take RR to 220/3 after 20 overs. Buttler (124 off 64 balls) and skipper Sanju Samson, who smashed 48 off 33 balls, stitched a 150-run partnership for the second wicket after the Royals lost opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (12) cheaply. Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow got the SRH chase off to a flier but after they fell in successive overs right after the Powerplay, SRH began to lose wickets in a free-fall.

Match EndedIndian Premier League, 2021 – Match 28

Rajasthan Royals

220/3 (20.0)

Sunrisers Hyderabad

165/8 (20.0)

Match Ended ( Day – Match 28 )
Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 55 runs

Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 55 runs. A trouncing victory. Bhuvi and Sandeep Sharma see out the SRH innings. They finish with 165/8. They were out of it when they lost Pandey and Bairstow in a hurry. Not one batsman could keep up with the pace of the innings required, except for Nabi, who had a very short stay.

Chris Morris uproots SRH’s last remaining hopes with the wickets of both Samad and Kedar in one over. Rashid Khan also comes and departs without bothering the scorers. SRH free falling.

SRH 149/8 after 18

Abdul Samad joins Kedar Jadhav at 7. He shows what he can do with a six off Sakariya. It’s a road too long at the moment though. 81 runs needed in 4 overs. Kedar and Samad in there for SRH.

SRH 140/5 after 16

Williamson holes out at deep midwicket. That should be the game for Rajasthan. Kartik Tyagi’s pace is hard to get timing on at the moment, and Williamson falls for 21. Nabi comes in looking in six-happy mood. Smashes a couple off Tewatia. And then falls to a top edge. Wheels falling off for SRH.

SRH 127/5 after 14.2

Shankar is found out by a slower one from Morris. Kedar Jadhav joins KW. Tewatia continues. Jadhav pounces on a loose ball and carts a six down the ground. 

SRH 100/3 after 12

Williamson, with Vijay Shankar in tow, now goes into rebuilding mode. The run rate is just about 6 for a while as Tewatia and Sakariya get their overs done with.

SRH 82/2 after 10

The break does the trick for RR. Mustafizur gets one to go through his former teammate’s defence. Pandey is bowled. Out for 31. Williamson joins Bairstow. In the 7th over, it’s Bairstow’s turn to fall. Gone to Tewatia for 30.

SRH 70/2 after 8

Manish Pandey finds his touch. Tyagi is hammered now. For two sixes in the 5th over. Tonked down the ground with timing. In the next over, Morris is introduced, and this time Pandey plays a couple more agricultural shots to get two fours on the leg side.

SRH 57/0 after 6

Bairstow gets off the mark with a four driven off Mustafizur’s first ball in the 2nd over. Tyagi, with a ball as heavy as a ‘hathoda’ in his hands, continues at express pace in the 3rd. Chetan Sakariya replaces Mustafizur in the 4th and is put to the sword by Mustafizur. 6, 4, 4 – 16 runs off the over.

SRH 30/0 after 4

Young Kartik Tyagi takes the new ball for Rajasthan as Manish Pandey opens the batting with Bairstow. Pandey sees off a few dot balls – bowled at searing pace – before getting a edge to go over the keeper’s head for four.

SRH 4/0 after 1

Miller ends the innings with a six. Rajasthan end with 220/3 after 20 overs. Buttler’s 124 being the star of the show. SRH will chase 221 to win.

Riyan Parag, promoted over Miller, crashes a flat six off Bhuvi’s 18th over. Sandeep Sharma, bowling the 19th over, is taken to the cleaners. 6, 4,6, 6, 6, W. Oh! Buttler is bowled. Out for 124 off 64 balls. The highest individual score of the season so far.

RR 209/3 after 19

Bhuvi is brought back in the 16th over but he too gets carted around. Buttler moves into his 90s as both batsmen find the fence once each. Shankar brought back in the 17th – Buttler gets an edge to go away for four too. Samson holes out at long off. He falls for 48. Buttler reaches his 100 off 56 balls.

RR 172/2 after 17

After the second TimeOut of the innings, RR continue to pile the pressure on SRH. Khaleel Ahmed is smoked for 14 runs off the 14th over as play restarts. SRH go to Nabi. Can he provide the breakthrough? Nope. A six and a four crashed against him too. Buttler must have taken inspiration from the Polly show last night.

RR 146/1 after 15

Boom, belted over long-off! Buttler (57*) reaches his 12th IPL half-century and he does it in style against Sandeep. The opener finds his groove and punishes the bowler again with a well-struck boundary. Samson’s on 33* at the other end. RR: 111/1 (13 overs)

Hyderabad are trying to put some pressure on the batting pair, but some quick running between the wickets keeps up the momentum. Samson (32*) ups the ante by hitting Rashid for a four on the spinner’s final over. After the skipper releases some of the tension, Buttler follows suit in the next over. He hits Khaleel for a four over the wicketkeeper’s head. RR: 94/1 (12 overs)

Despite Jaiswal’s dismissal early on, Rajasthan have maintained their grip on the contest. Samson (23*) and Buttler (29*) continue with their fifty-run stand, hitting Khaleel for seven runs. Rashid comes back and he gives away just four runs. RR: 71/1 (9 overs)

Huge over! The RR caravan zooms forward post the Powerplay. Vijay Shankar goes for 18 runs in the 7th over. Both Samson and Buttler smash a six each.

RR 60/1 after 7

Rashid Khan continues with his second over and almost gets Buttler. Twice. Once with a loud LBW appeal and then with a shot that almost goes to long on. Bhuvi bowls his 2nd over to end the Powerplay. It was a slow start, but RR end the Powerplay having found some momentum.

RR 42/1 after 6 

Rashid Khan gets the last laugh over Jaiswal. The RR opener gets a couple of boundaries before Rashid beats him with a flipper that goes under the bat. Sanju Samson enters at 3, and begins his innings with a first-ball six.

RR 29/1 after 4

Playing XI:

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman