Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of IPL 2021 Match 28 between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 55 runs
SRH 158/8 after 19 overs: The 150 is up for Hyderabad but this loss will severely dent their net run-rate and it will be tough for a turnaround from here. The morale will take a hit after such a huge loss.
SRH 149/8 after 18 overs: Excellent bowling from Mustafizur Rahman as he finishes with 4-0-20-3 and what a fine spell this has been from the Fizz...
SRH 142/7 after 17 overs: Double blow from Chris Morris and that leaves Hyderabad seven down. Morris first removes Abdul Samad - courtesy a brilliant running catch from Anuj Rawat who is having a wonderful debut despite not getting a chance to bat. Morris then cleans up Kedar Jadhav as Rajasthan inching closer for a huge win.
SRH 140/5 after 16 overs: SRH needs 81 runs in 24 balls and the required rate has touched 20.25. Unless something dramatic happens, Rajasthan will take two points, leaving Sunrisers plenty to ponder about. Nothing seems to work for the Orange army.
SRH 129/5 after 15 overs: Mustafizur ends Mohammed Nabi's brief stay in the crease and it's Anuj Rawat, who takes his second catch of the day. Mustafizur deploys the slower ball and all that Nabi could do was to mistime it.
SRH 126/4 after 14 overs: Mohammed Nabi is unleashing some big shots but these might just be very late. Nabi first gets down the track and hammers Tewatia down the ground for a maximum and then rocks back to muscle the spinner high over the deep mid-wicket boundary.
SRH 109/4 after 13 overs: Huge wicket and that should be the game for Rajasthan. Kartik Tyagi strikes and he picks the big wicket of Kane Williamson who falls for a 21-ball 20. Back of length delivery, Williamson pulls but drills it straight down the throat of Chris Morris at deep mid-wicket and SRH falling apart.
SRH 100/3 after 12 overs: The 100 is up for Sunrisers but the required rate has crossed 15 despite Kedar Jadhav clearing he long-on fence for a maximum. They need a lot more and only a blinder from here can help the Orange army cross the line.
SRH 89/3 after 11 overs: That's the end of Vijay Shankar whose poor run of form continues and Chris Morris with that wicket has put Rajasthan on top. Digs in short, Vijay Shankar goes for the pull only to mistime it and David Miller takes a simple catch running from long-on. Chetean Sakaria, meanwhile put down Williamson and that might prove costly. Williamson played the pull, Sakariya just couldn't time his jump to perfection and spills the catch. Kedar Jadhav joins his skipper with the required rate well over 14.
SRH 82/2 after 10 overs: SRH needs 139 runs in 60 balls with a required run rate of 13.9 against the current rate of 8.07. The side is not out of the game as a couple of good overs can certainly pull them back. But who is going to take the risk remains to be seen. Tewatia, meanwhile, has peeled off another good over, conceding just a boundary.
SRH 74/2 after 9 overs: Vijay Shankar joins Kane Williamson and the all-rounder has an opportunity to prove his worth in the side. The chase is certainly a tall one but Hyderabad needs to show some intent and keep scoring without losing wickets in a cluster. Important for Williamson to drop anchor so that the rest can play around him.
SRH 70/2 after 8 overs: Spin into attack and Rahul Tewatia has got the prized scalp of Jonny Bairstow. Tewatia lured Bairstow with a tossed up delivery and the batsman went for the shot but failed to get past a diving Anuj Rawat, who took an excelllent catch at long-on. Rajasthan tightening screws.
SRH 61/1 after 7 overs: There's the breakthrough and it's Mustafizur who foxes Manish Pandey with a slower one. Bowls a cutter, Pandey fails to read it and the ball hits the stumps after hitting his pads. A good cameo comes to an end.
SRH 57/0 after 6 overs: Pandey is playing some lovely strokes as this time creams Chris Morris over mid-on and then goes through the mid-wicket to pocket two back-to-back boundraies. Excellent PowerPlay from Sunrisers and they have made up for a slow start.
SRH 46/0 after 5 overs: Manish Pandey gets into the act as he hammers Kartik Tyagi for two sixes and Sunrisers moving nicely. Pandey first tonks over cover and then flicks through the line and dispatches well over the mid-wicket.
SRH 30/0 after 4 overs: Jonny Bairstow flexes his muscle as he welcomes Sakaria into the attack with a six over the deep cover and then pockets two consecutive boundaries. 16 from the over.
SRH 14/0 after 3 overs: Top bowling from Tyagi as he tests Bairstow with some serious pace and the Englishman seems to have no idea of how to deal with Tyagi, at the moment. Just three runs from the over and Rajasthan off to a good start.
SRH 11/0 after 2 overs: Bairstow off the mark with a lovely boundary through the covers and that's a fine shot from the keeper-batsman. He holds the key if Hyderabad aims to get anywhere close to the target. Mustafizur has started well giving seven from his opening over.
SRH 4/0 after 1 over: Excellent first over from Tyagi as he had Manish Pandey in all sorts of trouble with his pace and bounce. Pandey though got a boundary to his name as he was unsure of a Tyagi short ball but guided it over the keeper. Fine start by the young man.
Right we are all set for the chase to begin and it will be Manish Pandey who will open along with Jonny Bairstow. With the ball, it will be Kartik Tyagi.
End of Innings: RR 220/3 after 20 overs
David Miller finishes things in style with a six over the extra cover region but this score was built on the back of a brilliant century from Buttler and Sanju Samson playing the role of a supporter. A tall chase awaits Sunrisers who are completely low on confidence.
RR 209/3 after 19 overs: Buttler's fantastic innings comes to an end as he departs for a brilaint 124 off just 64 balls and this has been some insane hitting. He loots 24 runs off Sandeep's final over, who finishes with 4-0-50-1. Buttler's brutal hitting has helped Rajasthan cross the 200-run mark with an over left.
RR 185/2 after 18 overs: Riyan Parag gets into the act as he he launches Bhuvneshwar over the long-on for a maximum and this has been a strong batting show by the Royals with Buttler setting up the total. They will be gunning for 200.
RR 172/2 after 17 overs: First IPL century for Buttler and what an excellent innings this has been from the Englishman. Top innings and that has come at a very right time for the Royals. Meanwhile, Abdul Samad took a stunner at long-off to pack off Samson.
RR 159/1 after 16 overs: Buttler has moved into the nineties and Samson is three shy of his half-century. Bhuvneshwar is back into the attack but Samson drills him through point and then Buttler gets a thick outside edge as the ball runs away to the boundary.
RR 146/1 after 15 overs: Mohammed Nabi into the attack and Buttler loots 21 runs from the spinner's over! Was never easy to come and bowl to a well-set Buttler and the Englishman launches the Afghan into the stands - first over long-on and then two boundaries and wraps up with another maximum this time over the deep mid-wicket region. Ruthless from Buttler.
RR 125/1 after 14 overs: The 100-run stand between Samson and Buttler is up and what a fine partnership this has been for the Royals. Buttler, meanwhile, has opened his arms after reaching his fifty as he smokes Khaleel Ahmed over long-on and Samson with a boundary has entered the fourties.
RR 111/1 after 13 overs: Buttler gets to his half-century, his first of the season and this has been a timely knock from the Royals opener. Gets to the landmark with a six and then creams Sandeep to the long-off boundary. Rajasthan moving nicely and the foundation is set for a late flourish.
RR 94/1 after 12 overs: Buttler is eight runs short of his half-century but the strike rate will be a matter of concern as Rajasthan is going touch over seven runs per over. Buttler pulls out a scoop and sends the ball over the keeper's head for a boundary but Sunrisers in control of preoceedings.
RR 86/1 after 11 overs: Rashid finishes his quota of four overs 4-0-24-1 and both Samson and Buttler have done well to play out the premier spinner. Although Rajasthan has not lost wickets, it will look to accelerate with Samson getting a life.
RR 77/1 after 10 overs: Huge drop! Manish Pandey has dropped a sitter and has given Samson a life. Sandeep Sharma cannot believe it and so does the Orange camp. Samson hits hard and nails it straight down the throat of Pandey at long-off but the fielder spills the catch.
RR 71/1 after 9 overs: Rashid Khan running through his overs and both Samson and Buttler play his carefully, without taking much risks. There was a miscommunication between the batsmen but no problem whatsoever.
RR 67/1 after8 overs: The 50-run stand between Buttler and Samson is up and this has been steady from both senior batsman. Khaleel offers width and Samson hammers it through the point region for a boundary. Top shot.
RR 60/1 after 7 overs: Vijay Shankar has been taken to the cleaner as he leaks 18 from his opening over. Buttler first whacks the medium pacer just over the deep midwicket for a maximum and then Samson muscles through the line, straight down the ground and that was some shot.
RR 42/1 after 6 overs: Buttler is looking in good touch as he dispatches Bhuvneshwar to the fine leg fence and then with an easy glance for another boundary drives Rajasthan.
RR 33/1 after 5 overs: Rashid almost had another wicket but Buttler survives as the ball falls just short of a running Vijay Shankar, who had to make a decision of either going for the catch or hang back. Nevertheless the all-rounder did well and saved a boundary.
RR 29/1 after 4 overs: Sanju Samson is off the mark in style as he pulls Khaleel Ahmed into the stands and then Butler slaps the fast bowler over th point boundary as Rajasthan move on after the fall of Jaiswal.
RR 17/1 after 3 overs: Rashid Khan strikes and Sunrisers has an early breakthrough as the leg-spinner traps Jaiswal plumb in front. He had the batsman in all sorts of trouble and SRH won't mind losing a review as Rashid has delivered. Rashid pulled his length back, Jaiswal was late in picking and it was plumb. Williamson's gamble to get Rashid bowl in the Powerplay has worked.
RR 5/0 after 2 overs: Sandep Sharma starts well and with a packed off-side ring and the keeper standing up the medium pacer has bowled a tight line and hasn't allowed Jaiswal or Buttler to open their arms.
RR 2/0 after 1 over: Excellent start from Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he gives just two singles and both Buttler and Jaiswal are off the mark. Sunrisers will aim to pick some early wickets.
Right then new skipper Kane Williamson leads his team out in the middle and out come the Rajasthan openers - Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. For Sunrisers, it will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar who will operate with the new ball.
Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad wins toss, opts to bowl first against Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals Playing XI : Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Sunrisers Hyderabad Playing XI: Jonny Bairstow(w), Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Changes: SRH | Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Samad are back. Warner, Suchit and Kaul miss out. RR | Unadkat, Shivam Dube out Tyagi, Rawat in.
Tom Moody: Firstly he's (David Warner) not going to be playing in this game and that's purely a decision based on the combination. We've come to the conclusion that at this stage two overseas bat, an all-rounder and Rashid Khan is our best combination. We looked at it very closely. Obviously Bairstow's form and Williamson's form is at a great height and we are very thrilled with the way they are playing and we had to make a hard call and someone had to miss out and unfortunately for Davey on this occasion, it's him. He's been pretty good. Obviously been shocked and disappointed, you would be disappointed if wasn't feel that way like an elite sportsperson. They want to be playing, they want to be proving themselves to be doing their best they possibly can for the team and he's come to terms with the logic behind what we are trying to achieve as a team perspective and a franchise perspective and he's been terrific since. He's rallied around the team and more importantly the team has also rallied around him. What's happened in the past I don't it's that relevant when it comes to today. I think it's more to do with how you approach the game today from the strategic point of view and also the mindset point of view. We've obviously had some significant changes within the group in the last 24 to 48 hours with the change in personnel on the field and the leadership change with Kane Williamson leading. So it's how quickly we make those adjustments and take advantage of the fresh look.
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (w/c), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Manan Vohra, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, KC Cariappa, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shreevats Goswami, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jason Holder, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad
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