It was a crackling contest at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium where Rajasthan Royals were up against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a swashbuckling contest of runs. The batters of the both sides were in impeccable touch to pile up a staggering 431 runs from 40 overs on an entertaining Sunday evening.
Yashasvi Jaiswal was in fine touch as he hammered 35 runs from just 18 balls while Jos Buttler returned to shape, hammering 95 from just 59 balls, smashing 10 fours and 4 sixes. The opening partnership saw RR piling up a half-century before Sanju Samson would arrive in the center to put on his firing boots and spray those shots like water through a cracked wall.
Here is where it all went wrong for Rajasthan Royals
A 138 run partnership for the second wicket was more than enough to seal the fate of the first innings where Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler were the two main architects of Rajasthan’s unparalleled blitz. It was a daunting task for the SRH as they were chasing down 215 that seemed pretty hard to crack.
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However, the two openers of SRH, Anmolpreet Singh and Abhishek Sharma had the license to go big from the start and that is where it all started going south for the Royals. Sharma scored a 34-ball-55 while Singh added 33 runs from 25 balls.
Rahul Tripathi and Heinrich Klaasen were quick to get off the block too as they hammered 47 runs from 29 balls and 26 runs from 12 balls to get the hope soaring through the roofs.
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Albeit a rare misstep from captain, Aiden Markram, the SRH was guided home comfortably by an all-firing Glenn Phillips who would walk away with the Player of the Match award for his 7-ball-25 while Abdul Samad played the perfect two to tango with a 7-ball-17.
Former Indian fast bowler, Lakshmipathy Balaji said that Royals almost was on the cusp of a victory but at the end of it all, Sandeep Sharma lost his ploy in that final ball. He said, “If we recollect the last over against CSK, Sandeep was able to pull back the game in the last three balls. Here he had another opportunity, but unfortunately that no ball cost him. He held his nerve and was able to keep things simple until the last ball was bowled.”