IPL 2021, SRH vs RR: Roy, Williamson end Sunrisers’ losing rut with seven-wicket win against Rajasthan

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Opener Jason Roy and skipper Kane Williamson struck positive half-centuries to form Sunrisers Hyderbad’s comfortable seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals as IPL Play-offs calculations got a bit more complicated, here on Monday.

Deciding to bat, the Royals scored 164 for 6 on the back of a well-calculated 82-run knock by skipper Sanju Samson on a sticky wicket where stroke-making was challenging.

Nevertheless, the score proved inadequate as Roy (60 off 42) and Williamson (51 not out)_ led the team to their only 2nd win of the season.

The loss has dented the Royals’ playoff opportunities as they remained at the sixth area with 8 points while Sunrisers, who have been dismissed for the playoffs, remained at the bottom of the table.

Now 4 teams– Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings, Royals and Mumbai Indians– are tied on eight points each and all live in the play-offs race in which CSK and Delhi Capitals are firm favourites for the leading two locations with 16 points each.

Chasing 165, Roy, playing his very first match for Sunrisers, and Wriddhiman Saha (18 off 11) raced to 57 for no loss.

The two plundered 18 runs of the 5th over, bowled by Chris Morris, that included 4 fours.

The fine partnership was broken by spinner Mahipal Lomror (1/22).

Williamson and Roy, without taking much threat, continued to milk runs to take Sunrisers to 90 for one with 10 overs.

Roy was dropped on 55 by Yashasvi Jasiwal off Rahul Tewatia however was captured off novice pacer Chetan Sakaria (1/32) not long after.

Priyam Garg (0) departed not long after as the Royals appear to be making a resurgence. However Williamson and young Abhishek Sharma (21) then led the side over the line.

Previously, Samson produced his second consecutive fifty after invoking an unbeaten 70 against Delhi Capitals on Saturday.

The captain sent the ball seven times to the fence and three times over it in his excellent 57-ball innings, with which he became the leading run scorer (433) of the season, going beyond Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan (430 ).

Jaiswal (36) and Mahipal Lomror (29 not out), who was dropped two times (23 and 29), were the other 2 batters to provide important contributions on a wicket where the ball did not come on to the bat easily for a major part of Royals innings.

Asked to bowl, rate spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/28) bowled a splendid length ball, on leg stump which worked perfectly for SRH as the unsafe Evin Lewis (6) struck straight to Abdul Samad at deep backwards square leg in the 2nd over.

Regardless of snaring Lewis’ wicket early, the Sunrisers bowlers were guilty of bowling large and short and Jaiswal took the chance to counterattack.

The child, who smashed four borders and a six, played some magnificent shots with skipper Samson likewise slowly discovering his feet as the two collected 46 runs in the Powerplay.

The duo went on to share a 56-run stand before Sandeep Sharma (1/30) eliminated Jaiswal, who had actually struck a stunning six just a ball previously.

To keep the pressure on the Royals, SRH skipper Kane Williamson generated star Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (1/31) back into the attack and a mis-hit by Liam Livingstone (4) meant the relocation was met the desired outcome.

With Lomror playing second fiddle to perfection, Samson took control of the proceedings.

But Siddharth Kaul (2/36) bowled a fantastic last over, dismissing Samson and Riyan Parag (0) to limit the Royals to 164 after being struck for 20 runs in his 3rd over.

Released at Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:43:54 -0500