In the eighth game of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 extravaganza, hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) recorded a sensational five-wicket victory over 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. Rajasthan batsman Sanju Samson composed a stupendous century to guide his team towards a 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. Rashid was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his excellent all-around performance in the game.
They got the momentum in the powerplay
While speaking in the post-match presentation ceremony, Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane revealed that the visitors felt that 190-plus was a very good score on that wicket which was stopping a bit initially. 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.
“I think first of all, we thought 190 plus was very good score. The wicket was stopping a bit and we were aiming to get 150 plus. But credit to Sunrisers for the momentum they got in the powerplay. When someone like Warner bats like that, it’s very less margins for the bowler,” said Ajinkya Rahane.
After Warner and Bairstow’s dismissals, SRH all-rounder Vijay Shankar took advantage of the strong opening foundation, playing a blazing cameo knock of 35 runs off just 15 balls. Rahane also credited Samson for his terrific performance in the match and noted that the right-hander has been a fantastic performer for the Rajasthan Royals.
“They didn’t lose momentum throughout. When he (Warner) got out, Vijay Shankar batted well too. Sanju’s been fantastic for us. We all know how talented he is. I’m sure he’s also hurt but he’ll go miles. Consistency is the key for him,” the skipper added.