The IPL match 8 saw Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. Riding on Sanju Samson’s brilliant century, the first of the season, the visitors had impressively reached the 198/2 mark on a turning pitch. However, another brilliant performance from Australian opener David Warner (69) and Jonny Bairstow (45) was enough for the Sunrisers to win the tight match.
- Sanju Samson is Underrated – Kerala wicket-keeper/ batsman Sanju Samson is one of IPL’s most underrated players ever. The 24-year-old’s quality was recognized only after he hit a blazing century on a Rajiv Gandhi Stadium’s turning pitch. But he has been an important cog in Rajasthan Royals’ middle order for quite a long time. In 2017, Samson became the youngest batsman to cross 1,000 runs in IPL history.
Last season, he was the team’s second-highest run-scorer. With 441 runs from 15 matches and a healthy average of 31.50, Sanju Samson was ahead of skipper Ajinkya Rahane and any other Indian batsman, for that matter. That is a statement in itself.
- Take a Bow for David Warner: David Warner has been THE most consistent player for SRH over the past few years. His captaincy was crucial in the team’s title march in 2016. With 4,168 runs, the 32-year-old is officially the most successful overseas player in IPL history. So what if he was out of action last year? Warner has picked up things from where he left them in 2017.
His blistering 69 gave SRH a great start in yesterday’s victory. He is already the recipient of the Orange cap. It really takes a lot of courage and quality make such an instant and stunning comeback. Everyone, take a bow for David Warner.
- SRH look Decisive with Warner, Bairstow, Williamson: SRH has traditionally been a bowling powerhouse with brilliant bowlers like B. Kumar, Rashid Khan, and Siddharth Kaul amongst their ranks. They have been comfortable with defending totals. However, this season, their bowling has not clicked as much.
The team failed to defend 181 runs in the opener against KKR with the bowlers failing to stop Andre Russell. With Williamson returning from an injury, the administration made an interesting decision of playing David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson in the same team against RR.
The result was evident as Warner and Bairstow weaved a crucial 110-run partnership for the opening stand. With the trio along with Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, and Yusuf Pathan, SRH really does have an explosive batting attack.
Moment of the Match
When Rashid Khan came to strike against an experienced Jordan Archer in the 19th over, SRH needed 11 from 9 deliveries. Fast forward to the overs last two balls and the game changed in a jiffy. The Afghan bowler first hit a four off the fifth delivery, to make the score 195. He then hit a towering six over the square leg on the last ball to hand SRH a well-deserved victory.
Rashid’s match winning SIX.— Amin Wali (@AminWali786) March 29, 2019
Just a flick, and see how deep it goes! https://t.co/Ya7Zr1JImq
Great effort from the boys to come back strongly after the last game and register the @SunRisers ‘ highest ever successful run chase in the IPL. Top class bowling from Rashid & some brilliant strokeplay from Warner, Bairstow & Vijay Shankar. May we keep up this momentum #SRHvRR pic.twitter.com/jPIhzk5F9f— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 29, 2019
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Player of the Match
David Warner was undoubtedly yesterday’s player of the match. His 69 off just 37 deliveries set a strong foundation for SRH helping them win the match easily.