Jos Buttler’s maiden T20 century helped Rajasthan Royals put a mammoth total of 220 on the board. While chasing, SunRisers Hyderabad batsmen never got going and kept losing wickets in regular intervals.
Earlier, Kane Williamson won the toss in his first match as SRH captain this year and elected to field first. Like they had mentioned in the post yesterday, David Warner had to miss out and Mohammed Nabi replaced him, adding the all-round option to the mix. That meant, one of Manish Pandey or Abdul Samad had to open alongside Bairstow, with skipper Kane Williamson coming in at three.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, also made a couple of changes as Jaydev Unadkat was rested and Kartik Tyagi replaced him. Plus, they left out Shivam Dube and brought in young Anuj Rawat at four.
The Royals started well and forced Williamson to bring Rashid Khan in the powerplay to have a go at Jos Buttler. He did get an opportunity but Vijay Shankar made a mess of the catch at long-on, giving Buttler a life. Yashasvi Jaiswal took on Rashid Khan but was outsmarted after hitting two consecutive fours. Rashid trapped him plumb in front.
Sanju Samson walked in next and announced his arrival in style, getting off the mark with a six. He, along with Buttler brought up a 50-run partnership in just 30 balls, thus setting the tempo of the innings. Buttler smashed a half-century in 39 balls and then quickly changed gears to score the next 34 runs in just 11 balls.
He then notched up his first century in his 260-inning T20 career before he inside edged one straight to the stumps. Courtesy of Buttler’s exploits, Rajasthan Royals put a mammoth total of 220 runs on the board.
Chasing 221, SunRisers Hyderabad got a flying start by opener Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow, but both lost wickets after the powerplay, leaving everything in the hands of Kane Williamson. Vijay Shankar too departed early after scoring a run-a-ball 8.
Kane Williamson took the chase in his own hands, but holed out straight to Chris Morris at deep mid-wicket while pulling a short ball, thus perishing almost all the hopes of chasing the mammoth target. In walked Mohammed Nabi next and hit two gorgeous sixes in Tewatia’s over. However, he also perished while lofting a slow ball from Mustafizur Rahman.
Since then, it was a matter of time as Rajasthan Royals bowlers quickly bundled the run-chase and won two crucial points in the table.
Here are the best tweets of the day:
Warner in IPL
As a Captain:
Not as a Captain :
Williamson in IPL
As a Captain:
Not as a Captain:
— Sooraj Ayyappan (@SoorajAyyappan_) May 2, 2021
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) May 2, 2021
David Warner has paid the Price for speaking against Team management on Manish Pandey issue – Simon Doull#RRvSRH
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) May 2, 2021
— Hasan Khan👑 (@IamRealHasan) May 2, 2021
Samson strikes straight down the throat of Manish Pandey at long-off who spills a sitter! Sandeep Sharma misses out on a wicket. #RR are 86-1 after 11 overs.https://t.co/7vPWWkMqQ2 #RRvSRH #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/cH99ZMwM7n
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2021
This is so unfair man. He had looked decent enough. Struggled a little, played slow but tried his best. I don’t support benching the most important player in the team, Shivam Dube. #RRvSRH
— Manya (@CSKian716) May 2, 2021
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 2, 2021
— Troll Cinema ( TC ) (@Troll_Cinema) May 2, 2021
— Ri (@SpyROnDuty) May 2, 2021
— SunRisers Hyderabad Trends ™ (@TrendsSRH) May 2, 2021
— Wear a Mask. Stay Safe, India (@cricketaakash) May 2, 2021
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) May 2, 2021
David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL:
Matches – 93
Runs – 4012
Avg – 50.78
SR – 142.82
100s / 50s – 2 / 40
% of team runs – 28.68
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) May 2, 2021
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) May 2, 2021
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 2, 2021
The guy has scored 500 runs for them for five seasons and they can’t even back him after 5 odd games where he hasn’t been at his absolute best?
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 2, 2021