A fresh and new energetic Rajasthan Royals attacked from the start, inflicting a 61-run hammering on Sunrisers Hyderabad to start their campaign in IPL-15 on a rousing tone on Tuesday. RR won every division of SRH after skipper Sanju led Samson from the front with a sparkling 27-ball 55 to propel his team to an impressive 210 for six.
SRH was startled by the pounding in the top of their opening game, but posed no serious threat to RR after a disastrous start to their innings, slipping to 9/3 and then 29/4.
In the end, Kane Williamson (2)’s team was stopped at 149 for seven, with the captain having a bad day in the office himself.
SRH wouldn’t even have gotten that many had it not been for Aiden Markram’s undefeated 57 and Washington Sundar’s 14-ball 40, making up for the latter somewhat with the willow after his forgettable outing with the ball.
SRH’s best at bat contrasted sharply with Samson and Devdutt Padikkal (41 off 29 balls; 4×4; 6×2), who added 73 runs for the third wicket off 41 balls, before Shimron Hetmyer used his brute force to hit 32 in just 13 deliveries and take RR past 200.
Samson’s six-hitting prowess was on display as he hit five maxima and three limits, sparing no bowler during his entertaining stay in the middle.
Later, Hetymar busted three sixes to pile up SRH’s misery.
A clinical show by the bowlers, led by leg spinner Yuzvedra Chahal (3/22 in 4 overs), then completed the task for RR.
Chasing an unlikely 211, Sunriser’s key batter lost Williamson after a catch from Padikkal before Rahul Tripathi (0) Prasidh became Krishna’s second victim of the day. It was 9/3 when Trent Boult held Nicolas Pooran (0) for the wicket.
To make matters worse, Chahal removed two more batters in Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad in quick succession, as Sunrisers lost half of their side for 37 runs and faced a heavy loss.
But Markram, Romario Shepherd (24) and Sundar, who gave up 24 runs in the 17th left, delayed the inevitable and narrowed the margin of defeat.
During the final over, pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile injured himself during the landing and was taken off.
In bat, Royals opener Jos Buttler got a life on zero thanks to a no-ball. Buttler (35) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (20) then gave the squad a flying start, adding 58 runs to lay the foundation for a big total.
Buttler was brutal to Umran Malik, hitting him two fours and two maximums in the fourth, while RR amassed 21 runs.
The two openers then each skipped a six on Sundar (0/47) into the next as RR raced to 52 with no loss in five overs.
However, Jaiswal perished in the seventh over and ran into Markram near Shepherd. While Buttler, who hit three fours and as many sixes, was ejected at the start of the ninth as RR slipped back to 75 for two.
With immediate intent, Samson started with a four and a six over the long range and hit another maximum over the fine leg, taking the SRH attack with gusto.
While Samson found the fence at will, Padikkal also got into the groove and started attacking in the 12th over when he pulled T Natarajan for a max.
Samson was again brutal on Sundar, hitting him two straight sixes in the 16th as RR marched on.
SRH removed Paddikkal and Samson in quick succession, but much damage was done by then, before Hetmyer compounded the bowling team’s woes with his massive hits as RR scored 123 runs into the back 10.
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