Rajasthan Royals have introduced their IPL 2020 journey proper again on monitor after strings of defeat as Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag fired the pink-clad outfit to a five-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Sunday.
SRH will need to have thought they did sufficient on the day to win the sport as some luxurious efforts from Khaleel Ahmed and Rashid Khan (each taking two wickets every) noticed the half of the RR batting line-up again within the pavilion by the 12th over for simply 78 runs on the board whereas chasing 159.
However, some late brisk hitting by Tewatia (45 off 28) and Parag (42 off 26) in an 86-run stand noticed the match dramatically taken away from the David Warner-led crew within the final 5 overs because the duo shared 4 sixes and six boundaries between them.
Chasing 159, bother for RR early as crew’s determination to ship Ben Stokes up prime backfired with the southpaw getting performed down for mere 5 runs within the second over. No.3 Steve Smith (5 off 6) and Jos Buttler (16 off 13) quickly adopted him again to the dugout with simply 26 runs on the board.
Sanju Samson (26 off 25) and Robin Uthappa (18 off 15) tried rebuilding the innings with a 30-ball 37 partnership however SRH’s introduction of Rashid Khan within the ninth over rapidly took the sport away from RR. The 22-year-old Afghan wrist spinner eliminated the 2 Indian middle-order in successive overs as RR have been left stumbling at 78/5.
However, RR fought proper again into the sport with Riyan Paraga and Rahul Tewatia turning the sport round with some brisk hitting within the final 5 overs to assist the aspect cross the end line on the loss of life.
Earlier within the first innnings, disciplined bowling from RR stored SRH in examine, proscribing them to 158 for 4. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, who had placed on a giant century stand within the earlier match, failed to fireplace as a gap pair, placing on solely 23.
Bairstow made 16 off 19 deliveries whereas skipper Warner offered the early build-up with a 48 off 38. After the early loss of Bairstow, Manish Pandey (54 off 44 deliveries) and Warner added 73 runs in 10 overs.
But it was Kane Williamson on the back-end who offered the fillip, enjoying an unbeaten 12-ball 22-run knock to take the crew past 150. He was well-supported by Priyam Garg, who made 8-ball 15.
Jofra Archer picked one for 25. Kartik Tyagi and Jaydev Unadkat too picked a wicket every.