Twitter Reactions: Enterprising Jason Roy and a calm-headed Williamson take SRH home against RR

Twitter Reactions: Enterprising Jason Roy and a calm-headed Williamson take SRH home against RR

Samson smashed 82 off 57 balls for RR but his knock went in vain.

Jason Roy
Jason Roy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) might have already started to play the role of party poopers. While they are still alive in the tournament mathematically, they have made things tough for the Rajasthan Royals who will have to win all their remaining matches to secure a playoff spot. Fifties from Jason Roy and Kane Williamson helped SRH chase down 165 runs as they won their second match of the IPL 2021 season.

Earlier, it was a Sanju Samson show for the Royals after they opted to bat first. The captain came out to bat in the second over itself with Bhuvneshwar Kumar striking off his very first delivery dismissing Evin Lewis. Samson is in the zone on the day as he first let the youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal take on the opposition bowling in the powerplay overs.

Jaiswal yet again showed the range of his strokes playing the textbook shots. His 36-run knock was ended by Sandeep Sharma and soon Liam Livingstone’s wicket followed thanks to Rashid Khan. But Samson was going strong at the other end. He curbed his aggression with wickets falling and first concentrated on spending more time in the middle.

And then unleashed himself on the SRH bowlers playing some eye-pleasing shots on his way to attaining the top position in the top run-getters’ list. Samson took on the death bowlers of SRH, especially Siddharth Kaul in the 16th over smashing 20 runs. However, with Mahipal Lomror struggling at the other end, runs kept coming only from one end and even though Samson scored 82 runs off 57 balls, RR could only reach 164 runs in their 20 overs.

Kaul redeemed himself in the final over conceding only four runs as the Royals could only score 11 runs in the last two overs.

SRH finally break five-match losing streak

SRH dropped David Warner and handed a franchise debut to Jason Roy which worked wonders for them. Opening with Wriddhiman Saha, England’s opening batsman got the team off to a good start. The opening duo added 57 runs in less than six overs taking advantage of the field restrictions.

Saha got out to Lomror but Roy and then the calm-headed Kane Williamson made sure the team was on the track for a perfect chase. Roy was at his usual best looking for a boundary every time and made the most of the opportunity handed over to him. In the process, he also got to his half-century and by the time, Roy got out, SRH had scored 114 runs with the runs requiring just over run-a-ball to win.

Things got a little bit tricky with RR bowlers pulling out some tricks off their bag. But Kane Williamson was not going to let them sneak back into the match like they did against Punjab while Abhishek Sharma was just the kind of batter SRH lacked right through the season. The enterprising left-hander managed to eke out fours and sixes every time pressure began to pile up.

Eventually, SRH got over the line in the 19th over of the innings to break their five-match losing streak. Meanwhile, Royals can still reach to 16 points but will have to win all their remaining matches now. But they will be disappointed to lose against the bottom-placed side when a win could’ve propelled them into the top four.

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