Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the IPL 2021 match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.
Williamson showing them how it's done. Nice and easy from the SRH skipper. An unbeaten fifty to take his team over the line. Two points for Sunrisers, but they are still eighth. This will hurt Royals' chances of qualifying for playoffs. Royals were propped up by skipper Sanju Samson's brilliant 82 but SRH were economical in the last three overs and that certainly played a role in the chase. Needing 165 to win, the chase was set up by Roy's brilliant 60 and KW's fifty alongside Abhishek's 16-ball 21. They ensured SRH got home with more than an over to spare. That would be all from our side. See you tomorrow. Good night!
- END OF CHASE -
Mustafizur to bowl out. What a shot from KW. Just whipped it to deep midwicket for four. He wraps up the win with a boundary - also brings up his fifty! What an innings.
Sunrisers need 22 runs in 18 balls. Abhishek has tonked that for six. Not a good start to the over for Sakariya. Shot. Williamson has placed that beautifully, to long leg for four. 16 from that over. SRH nearly home. Need 6 from 12 balls.
Fizz is back. A run-out scare for KW off the last ball but replays confirm he is in. Four runs off that over. SRH 143/3 in 17 Overs.
Sunrisers need 34 runs in 30 balls. Sakariya bowling his third. He has been economical so far. Brilliant from KW - when you can't get the boundaries, run! A brisk couple to end the over. SRH 139/3 in 16 Overs. Sunrisers need 26 runs in 24 balls.
Morris returns. Shot. Abhishek has nailed that pull shot for four. Takes a single next ball. Seven from that over. SRH 131/3 in 15 Overs.
Abhishek is in next. Sakariya continues. Good over. Just five from it including a wide. SRH 124/3 in 14 Overs.
Garg is in next. The Fizz is back. Shot. Williamson has caressed it over extra cover for four. Less than 50 needed to win now. GONE! Soft dismissal - Garg has lobbed this straight back to Mustafizur. SRH 119/3 in 13 Overs.
Sakariya into the attack now. He strikes in his first over! Roy is out caught behind - soft dismissal this. He goes for a 42-ball 60. Good take by Samson.Samson now has 50 catches as a wicketkeeper in IPL. SRH 114/2 in 12 Overs.
Tewatia bowling his third. Roy goes big, swept away for six. Follows that up with a four to bring up his 50! Swept it to fine leg handsomely. Another sweep, this one's between deep midwicket and long-on for four. Dropped . Jaiswal drops Roy at extra cover - a regulation chance. He rubs salt in RR's wounds with a boundary to end the over. 21 off Tewatia's overr! SRH 111/1 in 11 Overs.
Sunrisers need 75 runs in 60 balls.
Lomror bowling his third of the game. Shot. Williamson goes over extra cover for six. Beautiful. It was turning out to be a good over until that. A single to end the over. SRH 90/1 in 10 Overs.
Tewatia continues. Both batters happy to work the ball around ones and twos. Remember, SRH's middle order has two youngsters today. So, these two would want to continue for as long as they can. Roy gets a couple off the last ball. 6 from it. SRH 81/1 in 9 Overs.
Lomror continues. Roy cuts for a single. Williamson gets a couple of 2s off the next two balls. Great running between the wickets. 7 from that over. SRH 75/1 in 8 Overs. Sunrisers need 90 runs in 72 balls.
Tewatia into the attack. Good over from Rahul. Five singles. SRH 68/1 in 7 Overs.
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GONE! Lomror gets Saha stumped first ball. Williamson is in next. He gets off the mark with a boundary, but that should've been stopped at cover by Sakariya. Powerplay's done. Six off the sixth over and a wicket. SRH 63/1 in 6 Overs.
Morris is back. Roy gets a couple. Roy getting into his stride now as he cuts it between point and short third for four. RR leaking boundaries. 4 leg byes to SRH again! Four more for Roy as the 50 comes up in quick time! And another boundary to end the over. 18 from that over. SRH 57/0 in 5 Overs.
The Fizz into the attack. Roy yet to break free. After playing out two dots, Roy picks the slower ball and helps it over short fine for four. Another cutter... and Samson has conceded 4 byes. Awkward bounce causing problems for Roy. Unfortunate for the bowler. Roy gets one over deep extra for four - wanted to go over long-off but he will take that. 13 from it. SRH 39/0 in 4 Overs.
Unadkat goes short and Saha has nailed that pull for six. Through the gap on the off-side goes Saha, cuts in front of square for four. SRH 26/0 in 3 Overs.
Morris with the new ball. Slip in place. Good over so far. Both batsmen happy to knock the ball around for singles. Roy collects 3 with an inside out shot through cover. SRH 14/0 in 2 Overs.
Welcome back to the chase. Roy and Saha to start the chase. JD Unadkat with the new ball. Roy to take strike. Starts with a dot. Concedes a boundary off his last ball. Saha gets a boundary through midwicket. SRH 8/0 in 1 Over.
- END OF INNINGS -
Royals are restricted to 164. Very good comeback from SRH, given how dangerous Samson was proving to be. He was once again the lone warrior. Jaiswal was good at the top but besides him, Samson didn't have any support. SRH will fancy their chances. Back with the chase shortly.
Samson is now the highest run-getter in IPL 2021! Kaul to wrap up. Lomror swings and misses but Samson hurries across for a single. GONE! Samson holes out to Holder at long-on! Goes for 82. The new man Parag goes for a duck. Samad drops a sitter next ball! Lomror gets a life. 1 leg bye to end the over. Good finish by SRH. Just 18 off the final 3.
Bhuvi begins with a yorker, Sanju blocks it out and sneaks in a single. Lomror flicks the next ball to midwicket and finds a single. Samson goes for the reverse ramp and finds two runs. Excellent from Bhuvi as he hits the blockhole throughout. Just seven from the penultimate over. RR 160/3 in 19 overs.
Holder to bowl out. Slower ball but a wide. Four, Samson has pulled that past short fine for four more. Holder bowls a perfect yorker next ball, the batsmen steal a single. 150 comes up with that Lomror single. Samson takes a single next ball. Sandeep Sharma drops Lomror at short third! He was backpedalling and spills it. Dot to end the over. RR 153/3 in 18 Overs.
Bhuvneshwar back. Lomror clips the first ball to midwicket for a single, gets his captain back on strike. Bhuvi goes full and wide and Samson has gone inside out over extra for four. He digs out a wide yorker next ball for a single. Lomror flat bats the next ball down the ground for a single. A brace to end the over. RR 143/3 in 17 Overs.
SHOT ! Samson brings up his 50 with a classy boundary over mid-off off Kaul - that's also 400 runs up for Sanju this season. SIX! Samson has been undone by a slower ball but he has still managed to put that one away for six. Six off a leading edge! Follows it up with a brace. Samson turning it on in Dubai - swats this over deep midwicket for six. He has now gone past 3000 IPL runs. 20 from the over. RR 133/3 in 16 Overs.
Rashid to bowl out. Full outside off and Samson dances down the track and clobbers it over long-off for six. Rashid's done for the night. More expensive than he would've liked. 11 runs from his last over. Rashid: 4-0-31-1. RR 113/3 in 15 Overs.
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Holder back. He has been brilliant so far. The pitches here are slower than the last year. Holder has used the slower ball to good effect. Shot! Lomror, what a strike. That was in the left-hander's arc and he has pummelled that over long-on for six. A single for Samson to end the over. RR 102/3 in 14 Overs.
Rashid into his third. Lomror has slogged this over mid-wicket for four. How long before Samson cuts loose? He takes a couple off the last ball - nine from it. RR 92/3 in 13 Overs.
Kaul replaces Abhishek. How will Samson approach this? Go crash, bang, wallop or play through and let others bat around him? Lomror and Samson collect a single each off the first two balls. Very good from Sid Kaul. Just two from that over. RR 83/3 in 12 Overs.
GONE ! Rashid strikes and Livingstone has to go. It was a short ball on middle stump and all Livingstone managed to do was pull it to fine leg. Lomror is the new man in. Excellent from Rashid - four runs and a wicket. RR 81/3 in 11 Overs
Abhishek Sharma into the attack. What a shot. Makes room and whacks it over deep extra for four, does Samson. Good comeback from Abhishek, just four off the last four balls. RR 77/2 in 10 Overs.
Sandeep is back into the attack. Samson clips one to deep midwicket for a single. SIX ! Sandeep bowling around the stumps to Jaiswal, who has slammed that over the bowler's head for six. GONE ! Sandeep gets his revenge next ball, Jaiswal chops on for 36. Livingstone is in next. Livingstone is off the mark with a single. RR 68/2 in 9 Overs.
Holder back into the attack. A couple of singles to start the over. Good over from Holder, just three singles from it. RR 60/1 in 8 Overs.
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Rashid Khan into the attack right after the Powerplay. Bowls a peach to Samson, full outside off, turning away and Samson is beaten. Next ball, Samson plays the reverse sweep for a couple. Jaiswal gets one away for four! Late cut played to perfection. Eight from that. RR 57/1 in 7 Overs.
Siddarth Kaul into the attack. Samson gets a brace first ball. Two back-to-back boundaries for Samson, first through cover and then through point. A couple of singles to end the over. RR 49/1 in 6 Overs.
Holder into the attack. Jaiswal and Samson working the singles this over. Very good over from Holder. Ends with a yorker, dug out by Jaiswal. Four singles from it. RR 37/1 in 5 Overs.
Bhuvneshwar continues. Shot, Sanju! Thrashed square of the wicket for four. Another boundary, this time for Jaiswal, who swivels and pulls this one past fine leg for four. Nearly gone next ball but Jason Holder at mid-on can't reach the ball! RR 33/1 in 4 Overs.
Sandeep to Jaiswal, punched through deep extra for a single. Samson takes a single and gets off strike next ball. Shot. Cut away for four by Jaiswal! Boundary to the on side now - dances down the track and lifts it over mid-wicket for another boundary. RR 22/1 in 3 Overs.
GONE! Bhuvi strikes first ball. Lewis holes out! It was a length ball and Lewis has whipped that to Samad at deep backward square. Bhuvneshwar's first ball to Samson, seaming away, past the outside edge. Very good from Bhuvi so far - no run conceded yet. A wicket maiden that. RR 11/1 in 2 Overs.
Lewis drives off the front foot and gets a single first ball. Jaiswal guides the next ball to third man for a single. FOUR! Lewis uses the swing and finds the gap for his first boundary of the match. Follows that up with a single. And a boundary to end the over, not quite what he intended to do but Jaiswal will take that.A leading edge goes over point for four. RR 11/0 in 1 Over.
Out come the umpires. Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal to open for RR. Lewis to take strike. Sandeep Sharma with the new ball.
Toss Update: RR have won the toss and elected to bat. Tyagi out due to injury, with Morris and Lewis in; Shamsi, Miller out. Four changes for Sunrisers: Jason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg and Siddarth Kaul in for David Warner, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Khaleel Ahmed.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing 11): Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Kane Williamson(c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Rajasthan Royals (Playing 11): Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman
Confirmed : Jason Roy has been handed his cap.
According to on-air experts, Warner is not yet at the ground and Roy has been seen practising.
Big game for RR. They win, they keep their playoff hopes alive. Hyderabad, on the other hand, are on the brink of elimination and winning five out of five might still not be enough for them.
Where to watch tonight's match?
The IPL 2021 match between SRH and RR will be aired live on Star Sports channels - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. The online streaming will be available on Hotstar.
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