In the eighth game of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 extravaganza, hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) recorded a spectacular 5-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals (RR). The jam packed Hyderabad crowd got to witness an absolute blockbuster of encounter in which a humongous total of 399 runs were scored combined by both the teams. RR batsman Sanju Samson composed a stupendous century knock to guide his team towards massive first innings total and in turn also became the first centurion of IPL 2019. However, in the second innings, SRH’s comeback man, David Warner once again compiled a fantastic half-century knock to help his team attain a commanding position in the run-chase, after which the trio of Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan played some entertaining cameos to power their team to a phenomenal victory.
Samson and Rahane’s sensational century partnership propel Rajasthan to 198
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Rajasthan suffered a vital blow at the start of their innings as their in-form opener Jos Buttler got dismissed in just the fourth over with 15 runs on the board. The duo comprising of skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson then combined together to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. The pair showed some great temperament combined with a few explosions to compile a stunning partnership of 119 runs for the second wicket. The RR skipper played an excellent innings of 70 runs off 49 balls which included 4 fours and 3 sixes, before falling victim to left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem in the 16th over.
Even after losing his partner, Samson kept batting in a pretty aggressive mode, notching up his second hundred in the IPL off just 54 balls. The right hander composed a staggering unbeaten knock of 102 runs that came off just 55 deliveries which also consisted of 10 fours and 4 sixes, and in turn powered his team to a mammoth first innings total of 198 runs. The Sunrisers’ bowlers recorded an ordinary performance in the innings as most of them ended with pretty expensive figures.
Warner’s explosive opening blitz leads SRH in the chase
Chasing a daunting target of 199 runs, the two SRH openers, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow got their team off to a dazzling start. The opening duo smashed a blistering tally of 69 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. Much like in his comeback game, Warner once again looked to be in a scintillating touch, blasting the RR bowlers all around the park and in turn brought up his record 38th IPL half-century off only 26 balls. Bairstow initially started off on a lighter note, but after playing some deliveries, he too started a striking at a powerful rate, stitching a magnificent opening partnership of 110 runs.
Warner played an amazing inning of 69 runs off just 37 deliveries which included 9 fours and 2 sixes, before falling to prey to RR all-rounder Ben Stokes, who in turn brought an end to the fabulous opening stand. In spite of getting dismissed leaving the chase midway, Warner played extremely well to provide his team with an explosive solid platform. SRH all-rounder Vijay Shankar took advantage of the strong opening foundation, playing a blazing cameo knock of 35 runs off just 15 balls.
However, RR leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal then came out of nowhere, triggering a slight batting collapse by picking up three quick wickets. But towards the end, the pair of Pathan and Rashid batted very sensibly to help their team pick up a comfortable victory with six balls remaining in the game.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 198/2 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson-102*, Ajinkya Rahane-70; Rashid Khan 1/24) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 201/5 in 19 overs (David Warner-69, Jonny Bairstow-45; Shreyas Gopal 3/27)