Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) extended its winning momentum with a fabulous 7-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. SRH batsman Manish Pandey got his team off to a decent start with an excellent half-century knock, but the RR bowlers displayed an amazing combined effort to pull things back and in turn restricted the opposition as well.
In the second innings, the RR opening duo comprising of Ajinkya Rahane and Liam Livingstone relieved all the pressure of the run-chase with a fantastic partnership for the first wicket. Then Sanju Samson batted with great sense of responsibility to steer RR to a splendid victory. With this win, the 2008 champions also kept their playoff hopes very much intact and they now need to win their remaining two games as well in order to remain in the contention.
It’s just about going on winning
After the victory, Royals skipper Steve Smith revealed that they are just focussing on what is in their hands and nothing else. Smith noted that he has one game left against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) before returning back home for Australia’s World Cup preparations and thus, he wants to end things on a positive note.
“For us it’s just about going on winning and then we’ll see what happens. I’ve got one more match in Bangalore, so it’ll be nice to finish off on a winning note, and hopefully the boys can win in Delhi too,” said Steve Smith.
This was the last home game for the Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing tournament and Smith is happy to cap off the home season with a fabulous win. “But it was a good end to our home season. The boys pulled it back nicely in the middle overs. We used the change of pace well. We were able to restrict them to 160 which I thought was about par,” Smith added.
We’re playing together as a group
Smith heaped praises on Liam Livingstone and Sanju Samson, who were the two star performers with the bat for the Royals. The former who was opening the innings for the first time batted very nicely for his 26-ball 44 which included 4 fours and 3 sixes, while Samson also played a significant unbeaten innings of 48 runs.
“Liam Livingstone opening for the first time in IPL hit the ball cleanly and Sanju finished it off well. We’re playing together as a group and won those key moments. At the start we weren’t doing it. We’ve had a lot of close games and fortunately last few we’ve been able to get over the line,” the Royals skipper concluded.