- RR – 210/6 (20.0)
- SRH – 149/7 (20.0)
RR Win By 61 Runs
The 5th match of the IPL was a clash between Rajasthan Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. These two teams in the IPL have won this trophy only once.
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl first. The match was scheduled at a beautiful stadium in Pune.
Rajasthan Royals looked like a very promising team with a very top-heavy batting and two quality spinners in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin.
With so many batting options at the top as openers, Rajasthan had to choose a couple of them and they went with Josh Butler and Jaiswal it means that Paddikal and Sanju Samson would have to bat lower at numbers 3 and 4.
Flying Rajasthan Start In The Powerplay
2 openers of Rajasthan went off to a flyer, they were matching each other with the shots and put on 58 runs in the first six overs without losing any wicket that was quite a terrific start and put the opposition bowlers in trouble big time.
Jaiswal was the first man to go in the 7th over when he lost his wicket, caught at the boundary. Jos the Boss Kept on moving the scoreboard and set a very formidable platform for the other batters to utilize.
Umran Malik Bowled With Serious Pace
The newly identified sensation of Sunrisers Hyderabad Imran Malik, when he has seen last year when he was seen bowling.
Hyderabad retained him because of his ability to bowl quickly and fast, not only quick but also to the ball at good and testing lengths with challenges the batsman all the time.
In his first game of this year’s IPL, he was at his best, he might have gone for a few runs but he was truly brutal and lethal with the ball bowling at 150 kmph consistently and imposing serious questions to the batsmen all the time.
He got a couple of wickets as well and gave away 39 runs in 4 overs.
Rajasthan Putting A Daunting Target
With the kind of start they had, it was always on the cards that they are gonna get something massive, and it was perfectly placed by the brilliance of their captain who came at number 3 Sanju Samson.
He played a supreme inning of 55 of just 27 balls he was well supported by Paddikal who managed to contribute 41 runs in the team’s total.
ShemronHetmyer giving the final finishing touch of 32 from 13 Rajasthan managed to score 210 runs in their 20 overs.
Sunrisers Crumbling In The Chase
Chasing something like 210 needed the openers of Sunrisers Hyderabad to fire and fire big time. It was about utilizing the first 6 overs and just getting off to a dominant start. That’s the way of chasing big scores but it was not the case with Hyderabad.
They had to face a beast kind of quality bowling attack, impressive fast bowlers, and very tight spinners. It was absolutely a terrible start for Hyderabad. They lost their first three wickets for only 9 runs, absolutely awful, and from that point, you never could imagine that they would be anywhere near to chasing this target.
Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna with the new ball were absolutely on fire, At the halfway stage they almost lost 5 wickets for 37 runs and from that point, there was no thought that they could think of getting 210.
It was more about covering the loss of the defeat so that the net run rate could not get affected massively, as we know at the end of the tournament, the net run rate can be so vital.
Hyderabad was nowhere near in this game, they had no idea about how to deal with the bowling of Rajasthan, they were just two clinical and too good.
With the contributions from Aiden Markram, the stylish batter of South Africa and Washington Sundar. Rajasthan managed to rescue themselves from a humiliating defeat. Markram contributed 57 runs and a late quick-fire 40 from just 14 balls Washington Sundar helped them to score 149. It was still a massive defeat for them, having lost the match by 61 runs, not a good start to the IPL for them.
Boult & Prasidh Magic With The New Ball
Trent Boult is one of the best new bowl bowlers going ground in the world right now and Rajasthan royals were very excited when they bought him from the IPL auction. He played for Mumbai Indians before and played an instrumental role in their success.
Trent Boult with the new ball and then being partnered by Prasidh Krishna who recently had a phenomenal series for an Indian cricket team. He bowled very very good line and lengths, impressive channels,s and kept on asking the questions to the batters.
These two together with the new ball look like million of dollars. Boult from one end and Prasidh Krishna from the other hand Rajasthan Royals look like a team to beat. Both of them bowled 3 overs each in the powerplay and combined they just gave away 14 unbelievable runs. Prasidh took two wickets and Boult got 1 wicket and the score of Hyderabad after the powerplay was 14 for 3
Joint Lowest powerplay score in the Powerplay
In this match, Hyderabad was all over the place their batting looked clueless. They did not have any answer to the bowling of Rajasthan and they ended up getting a very unwanted record joint lowest IPL score for them 14 runs with the loss of 3 wickets and it was only because of Trent Boult’s brilliance and Prasidh Krishna’s accuracy, both of them were super sensational.
Hyderabad has got a lot of things to work on in their batting, moving forward in the tournament.