RR defeat SRH by 61 runs in the IPL 2022 match on Tuesday.
A re-energized RR attacked from the start and hammered SRH for 61 runs to kick off their IPL-15 campaign on a high note on Tuesday. After skipper Sanju Samson led from the front with a scintillating 27-ball 55 to power his team to an imposing 210 for six. RR dominated SRH in every department.
After a disastrous start to their innings, which saw them slip to 9/3 and then 29/4. SRH failed to pose any serious threat to RR after taking a pounding in the first half of their opening match.
Kane Williamson’s team was eventually stop at 149 for seven. With the captain himself having a bad day at the office.
Aiden Markram’s unbeaten 57 and Washington Sundar’s 14-ball 40 kept SRH in the game. With the latter making amends for his forgettable outing with the ball.
The top-order batting of SRH was in stark contrast to 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 power to clobber 32 in only 13 deliveries and take RR past 200.
Samson’s six-hitting prowess was on display as he hit five maximums and three boundaries while sparing no bowler during his entertaining stay in the middle.
Later, Hetymar smashed three sixes to compound SRH woes.
The bowlers, led by leg-spinner Yuzvedra Chahal (3/22 in 4 overs), then finished the job for RR.
Sunrisers lost key batter Williamson to a diving catch by Padikkal while chasing an improbable 211. Before Rahul Tripathi (0) became Prasidh Krishna’s second victim of the day. Trent Boult trapped Nicolas Pooran (0) in front of the wicket to make it 9/3.
To make matters worse, Chahal dismissed two more batters in quick succession. Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad, as the Sunrisers lost half their side for 37 runs and faced a crushing defeat.
However, Markram, Romario Shepherd (24) and Sundar, who scored 24 runs in the 17th over. Postponed the inevitable and narrowed the margin of defeat.
Pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile was taken off after injuring himself while landing during the final over.
When put into bat, Royals opener Jos Buttler was given a life on zero thanks to a no ball. Buttler (35) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (20) then got the team off to a fast start. Scoring 58 runs to lay the groundwork for a big total.
Buttler was brutal on Umran Malik in the fourth over. Hammering him for two fours and two maximums as RR amassed 21 runs.
In the next over, the two openers hit sixes off Sundar (0/47) as RR raced to 52 for no loss in five overs.
Jaiswal, on the other hand, was out in the seventh over, holing out to Markram off Shepherd. While Buttler, who hit three fours and two sixes, was out at the start of the ninth over as RR fell to 75 for two.
Samson began with a four and a six over long-off and finished with a maximum over fine-leg, attacking the SRH attack with gusto.
While Samson found the fence with ease, Padikkal found his groove and began attacking in the 12th over, when he pulled T Natarajan for a maximum.
As RR marched on, Samson was brutal on Sundar once more, hitting him for two consecutive sixes in the 16th over.
SRH removed Paddikkal and Samson in quick succession, but the damage had already been done, before Hetmyer added to the bowling team’s woes with his massive hits as RR scored 123 runs in the back 10.