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Fifties from Roy and Williamson earned SRH a much-needed win
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Four, four and over!
SRH have a win at last! It was starting to look like they'd forgotten how to do that, but this has been a refreshing run chase for them. They'll be specially chuffed that it was orchestrated by Jason Roy at the top – vindicating their tough – but fair – decision to drop David Warner for the second time this season. Kane Williamson too deserves the accolades for this win, steering his team when Roy fell and stopping them from falling into the familiar ditch of a collapse. Mustafizur Rahman bowled another fine over at the death but Abhishek Sharma held his nerve in his return to the side to accompany his skipper. Williamson polished off the chase with two back-to-back fours that took him past another half-century.
Rajasthan Royals once again have failed to support their excellent captain well. They'll probably look back at their death-overs batting and rue what they missed. They looked set for a total in the range of 180, but only 21 from the last three overs left them with a slightly under-par on 165. It still needed a big batting effort from the struggling side in the league, and they found their mojo finally. With this loss, RR missed out on a chance break away from the eight-pointer sides. As it stands, there are four teams on eight points, separated only by NRR.
Kane Williamson keeps SRH on track in chase…
The skipper has batted superbly here, particularly after the fall of Jason Roy. He's done what he always does well – steered the chase to perfection. Abhishek Sharma too deserves some praise for not trying for glory or even losing his cool while seemingly being sledged by Chris Morris. SRH need 26 off the last 24 balls here.
RR strike again!
If you're an SRH fan, we understand if you're shifting nervously in your seats. One wicket has brought two here – Priyam Garg tamely lobbing the ball back to bowler Mustafizur Rahman. This is a very familiar situation for SRH from where things begin to unravel rather unspectacularly. The one reason to breathe slightly easy at the moment for SRH is that Kane Williamson is out there and looks as solid as ever. The Roy blitz after the halfway stage brought the asking rate down to nearly six-an-over so they don't need anything rash from here unless the opportunity presents itself. Abhishek Sharma has the chance to show some maturity here.
Soft dismissal for Jason Roy!
He tried to guide the ball from the left-arm through to fine leg fence but he only tickled at the ball that Samson could collect behind the stumps. Excellent knock from Roy comes to an end on 60 off 42 balls here.
Jason Roy had seen enough of spin from Rahul Tewatia and just turned it on against him – a 21-run over that pushes the momentum SRH's way!
Halfway stage – SRH 90/1 in 10 overs
This game is on the knife's edge right now. Sanju Samson has done well to pull things back after conceding 63 in the PowerPlay, with his spinners coming into play. But Williamson got a six against Lomror to get 9 runs off the 10th over.
First IPL wicket for Mahipal Lomror!
That's pretty much come out of nowhere. SRH were flying in the PowerPlay, getting to 57/0 in 5 overs. Sanju Samson brought on the gentle left-arm spin of Mahipal Lomror and Saha gave him the charge first ball. Unfortunately for him and SRH, he got nowhere close the ball, and was gone stumped by Samson.
Brisk start for SRH
Jason Roy and Wriddhiman Saha have take SRH to 39/0 in 4 overs here. Roy looked a bit tentative in the first few balls he played, but he's come into his own here. Some fine cuts coming into play from the Englishman.
Rajasthan Royals finish on 164 for 5…
…and Samson got exactly half of that, an exceptional 82 off 57 balls. Wonder what SRH are wondering at this point, after having bowled three good overs in the end to give just 21 off those. But RR will be confident, their captain led the way perfectly and this score looks good enough to defend, even if they missed a chance of getting to 170 considering the position they were in at one stage. SRH will hope Jason Roy comes good at the top after taking the big call of benching David Warner again.
Samson's innings progression…Sanju Samson, you beauty!
The shots have just not stopped coming from his willow today. He's been absolutely phenomenal with his strokeplay, and at being able to ensure RR don't regress in the face of a couple of wickets. Exceptional from the captain, who could even finish with a century here.
Sunrisers strikes again!
What have you done, Liam!
When Livingstone looks back at this dismissal, he'd know that he's mistimed perhaps one of the worst and most innocuous balls delivered by Rashid Khan in all his seasons in the IPL. it was SHORT and Livingstone's eyes lit up. He lined up to smash it over deep backward square leg, only to find the fielder there.Are SRH clawing their way back here?
Sandeep Sharma gets the breakthrough!
Just when RR looked to be running away with that stand, Sandeep Sharma has come to SRH's rescue. Jaiswal was looking to take on the pacer, and even camped back in his crease to hit a disdainful six down long on. But just the next ball he gave Sharma the charge to play one more big shot and ended up inside edging a full toss onto the stumps. He walks off, visibly miffed with himself, on 36 off 23.
Samson, Jaiswal give RR a move on
The early wicket hasn't pushed back RR like last time. Samson has started with a few classical drives in spite of some swing for the bowlers and Yashasvi Jaiswal has kept him company here. They've made it to 49/1 in 6 overs. All eyes on Rashid and Co. on how they deal with RR in the middle overs.
Bhuvneswar strikes first ball!
Evin Lewis is gone early here. He returned to the line-up after missing a game through niggle but he's fallen in just the second over. He's seen Bhuvneshwar bowl a bit short and went for a square leg heave. The intention was right considering he was hitting to the shorter boundary, but he didn't time it. He ended up hitting straight to deep square leg fielder.
TOSS: Rajasthan Royals opt to bat in Dubai. Both teams have multiple changes each. SRH have indeed dropped David Warner for Jason Roy; Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Khaleel Ahmed make way for Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Sid Kaul. RR welcome back Chris Morris and Evin Lewis for David Miller and Tabrais Shamsi. Kartik Tyagi misses out through injury and in comes Jaydev Unadkat
RR: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman
SRH: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Kane Williamson(c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
– It's official. Jason Roy gets an SRH cap!
Visuals from Dubai…
We don't mean to cause a panic SRH fans but it seems like David Warner has been dropped (again!). TV visuals have cut across Williamson and most of the SRH contingent but Warner is yet to be spotted. Jason Roy, meanwhile, has been hitting a few throwdowns…
Prelude – Freefalling SRH search for inspiration
In a parallel universe, where the IPL happens to packed stands in India, rival fans could've taunted 2021 SRH with: “Are you just Deccan Chargers in disguise?“
Such has been SRH's abysmal campaign, marred by some questionable decision making, uninspiring team selections, struggling Indian contingent and, most importantly, a shockingly out-of-touch David Warner. SRH's troubles probably started with that last issue, and has snowballed beyond control now. Remember, this is a side that has made it to the playoffs in each of the last five seasons and has been shrewd at the auction table. All the built up goodwill has quickly been nudged out the window with this season's sorry reading – 9 games, 1 win, 8 LOSSES, 2 points.
They've reached a stage where they need a miracle not to get into playoffs but to just find it in themselves to pick up the shattered pieces and stick it up together in their hunt for just their second victory.
Rajasthan Royals are far better placed in comparison. They're one of the four teams on eight points and on paper, have a easy fixture tonight to jump the queue. They were undone by lack of support to Sanju Samson against KKR but the cushion of starting this leg with a win keeps them in what is starting to look like a four-pronged race.