May 11, 2021

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Match 28 IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 55 points – as it happened



The players shake hands after the game.
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Buttler and bowlers grab crucial Rajasthan Royals victory

Kolkata: The Rajasthan Royals stayed afloat with a 55-point victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad – their third in seven games – in the afternoon’s double-headed game in New Delhi today.

Sent to bat, the Royals completed a 124-innings of Jos Buttler – his first century in IPL – to reach a gigantic total of 220 for three. Buttler got enough support in a 150-innings partnership with skipper Sanju Samson (48 balls out of 33 balls), which put Sunrisers on its back.

The Orange Army, which kept David Warner on the dugout as Kane Williamson replaced him as captain, started their pursuit solidly with Jonny Bairstow (30) and Manish Pandey (31) putting on 57 for the first window. Once Pandey fell to a slower delivery from Mustafizur Rehman they started losing wickets at regular intervals and even the new skipper failed to succeed with the bat.

The Royals bowlers did their job well, with “Fizz” (3/20) and Chris Morris (3/29) being the bowlers’ choice.

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Abdul Samad of Sunrisers Hyderabad hits over for six.
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Kane Williamson of Sunrisers Hyderabad plays a stroke.
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Vijay Shankar of Sunrisers Hyderabad plays a stroke.
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Rahul Tewatia of Rajasthan Royals celebrates Jonny Bairstow wicket of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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Manish Pandey of Sunrisers Hyderabad plays a stroke.
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Jonny Bairstow of Sunrisers Hyderabad plays a stroke.
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Buttler’s heroes take Rajasthani Royals to over 200

Kolkata: Jos Buttler showed why he is considered one of the most destructive batsmen in white ball cricket as his 124-on-64-ball innings, his first century in IPL, propelled the Royals of Rajasthan to a gigantic total of 220 for three against Sunrisers Hyderabad in today’s game.

Sahil Sajan, cricket enthusiast, mid-round analysis

An exhilarating 150-round partnership between Buttler and Royals skipper Sanju Samson (48 balls out of 33 balls) cut the Sunrisers’ sails. The England wicket-keeper survived a few tight calls early on, but made the most of them with 11 fours and eight sixes – that too with a 193.75 strike rate.

This is the second day at the trot that the New Delhi wicket sees a goal of over 200 set up. Can the new Sunrisers now repeat what the Mumbai Indians did on Saturday night?

We’ll find out in the next two hours …

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Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals plays a stroke.
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Departure of Captain Sanju Samson of the Royals of Rajasthan.
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Jos Buttler of the Royals of Rajasthan crosses a border.
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Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals plays a stroke.
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Jos Buttler, right, and Sanju Samson of the Rajasthan Royals.
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Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals plays a stroke.
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Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates Yashasvi Jaiswal wicket of Royals of Rajasthan.
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Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad appeals for Yashasvi Jaiswal’s wicket of the Royals of Rajasthan.
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Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals plays a stroke.
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Kane Williamson of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Sanju Samson Captain of Rajasthan Royals during the draw.
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Kolkata: All eyes will be on Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, who took over from David Warner at Sunrisers Hyderabad, who is looking for the wind to turn in their match of the day against the Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi.

UAE Cricket Anis Sajan on expectations for the RR vs SRH match.

Languishing at the bottom of the table halfway through the league, SRH should see some drastic changes in their XI of play. It will be interesting to see if they still keep the combination of confidence between Warner and Jonny Bairstow “ relieved ” in head of the order – where the dashing English opener Jason Roy replaces Warner.

The Royals, who also suffer from a lack of depth in their mid-order, will have to make do with the resources available. This will mean that skipper Sanju Samson will have to take on a role similar to that of KL Rahul at the Punjab Kings and hope that youngsters like Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag and the hard-hitting Rahul Tewatia give them satisfaction.