Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - New look SRH bag a much-needed win. Jason Roy top scored with a 42-ball 60
Jason Roy top scored with a 42-ball 60
Having rung in as many as four changes, Kane Williamson rightly referred to the day as “something fresh” at the toss. That one of the changes was the axing of David Warner, who wasn't even at the ground, only added to the newness for Sunrisers Hyderabad, a former champion side that can't seem to get rid of the bottom spot this season. Their seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Monday (September 27), though, was a good start and keeps them another day in contention for playoffs, only if just.
The match in a nutshell
Opting to bat, RR got to 164/5 in 20 overs mostly thanks to Sanju Samson's 57-ball 82. But it wasn't to be a winning target against a refurbished SRH who were taken across the line by Williamson and Abhishek Sharma, and with nine balls to spare. It was their first 160+ run-chase since March 2019, the last one also coming against RR, and their first win after five losses. With four points now, SRH still remain at the bottom of the table while RR continue to be sixth with 8 points. It only makes the middle of the table a little more crowded.
What was the difference between the sides?
Perhaps the last two overs. Building on a good start from Yashasvi Jaiswal (36 off 23), Samson had batted through the middle overs rather well, converting his joint slowest fifty (41 balls) into an belligerent innings but Mahipal Lomror's run-a-ball 29* at the other end didn't help matters as RR went on to add only 11 runs in the 19th and 20th overs. The pressure told on Samson too, who after hitting 7 fours and 3 sixes holed one to long-on in the last over. In contrast, SRH had Sharma and his “great captain” Williamson at the crease and both of them found the shots when the run-rate spiked up.
Williamson hit the winning runs, a shovel over midwicket, and also got to his half-century in the process.
Jason Roy shines on his SRH debut
Coming in as a straight replacement for Warner, Jason Roy took about 10 deliveries to settle in before opening his arms with a couple of boundaries against Mustafizur Rahman. Next over, he followed it up with another three against Chris Morris, helping SRH to their best powerplay (63/1) this season. He got to half-century with a six and four against Rahul Tewatia before he tried to scoop a cutter down leg from Chetan Sakariya and edged behind.
What else did SRH do better, and what not?
Showing continued faith in Sandeep Sharma at the top. He was their third-change bowler against Delhi Capitals but once that changed in the game against Punjab Kings, SRH continued to stick to him with the new ball. It didn't work very well on the night but with most wickets inside the powerplay in the history of IPL, that plan could work better on a different night. Willaimson was also great with his bowling changes, bringing back Rashid Khan to successfully account for Liam Livingstone.
The catching could have been better though; Lomror was let off at least twice during his 28-ball stay.
Brief Scores: RR 164/5 in 20 overs (Samson 82; Siddarth Kaul 2-36) lost to SRH 167/3 in 18.3 overs (Roy 60; Lomror 1-22) by 7 wickets
Where do the teams go from here?
RR will stay in Dubai for their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday whereas SRH will travel to Sharjah for the second time this season and take on Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.