Having endured one of their worst IPL seasons in their history, the Sunrisers Hyderabad made some steps to restore pride with a confident seven wicket win over Rajasthan Royals. Having been asked to field by Royals skipper Samson, Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers got an early breakthrough with the wicket of Evan Lewis (6).
Yashasvi Jaswal (36) to go with his 49, in the process continuing his encouraging form since the IPL restart and Samson (82) again showed his undoubted class as he followed up his 70, with another big score. Rajasthan would go on to make 164-5. Mahipal Lamror, who is another player who has impressed since the restart, made 29.
England all-rounder Liam Livingstone (4), has impressed in franchise cricket with BBL side Perth Scorchers, but didn’t make an impression here. IPL’s bottom side Sunrisers, who unsuccessfully chased 125 last time out by finishing five runs short, were just that bit more clinical in this one.
Surrey and England opener Jason Roy (60) would top score for Sunrisers Hyderabad and was well supported by Williamson (51 not out). When Roy would be dismissed caught behind by captain Sanju Samson and Priyam Garg would soon follow (0), it was left to all-rounder Abishek Sharma (21) to provide the support his captain needed.
So Sunrisers win this one comprehensively by seven wickets, but it doesn’t really change the overall complexion of the group standings. KKR, Punjab kings, Rajasthan and Mumbai are all tied on eight points.
Next up for Sunrisers Hyderabad is a tricky game against high-flying Chennai and for Rajasthan, well they face off against Virat Kohli’s RCB who are looking to finally get their hands on the trophy after several near misses.