Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) faced Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the eighth game of Indian Premier League (IPL) this season where SRH registered their first win in a thriller by 5 wickets. 


In a nail-biting game at Hyderabad showed many notable things. An astonishing century from Sanju Samson took the limelight in the first innings as RR put up a huge total of 198 on board while batting first. However, David Warner’s quickfire 69 in the run-chase and Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan’s brilliant cameos helped SRH to register their first win.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Sanju Samson’s century

Rajasthan Royals chose to bat first after winning the toss. But they got the big blow when their inform opener Joss Buttler was dismissed by Rashid Khan in the 4th over. Sanju Samson walked in to bat at number three and started his inning with a boundary off Rashid Khan through slip.

Then he took some time to settle down. He again started hitting all over the park after 2-3 overs and made a solid partnership of 119 runs for the second wicket.

In the 17th over, Sanju Samson flicked a knuckle-ball from Siddharth Kaul which was an easy catch. Four fielders were there to take the catch along with the keeper, Jonny Bairstow; who went for a full dive but failed to hold it. Samson was on 58 then, went to punish the bowlers, especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 18th over where he smashed 24 runs which included four fours and a six.

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The drop from Bairstow proved too costly for SRH as Samson scored the first century of IPL 2019 in style. His 102 off 55 included ten fours and four sixes which guided RR to a huge total of 198.

The opening partnership between David Warner and Jonny Bairstow

To chase a huge total of 199, SRH needed a flying start from the beginning and the openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow made no mistake. Warner welcomed the bowler with a boundary in the first ball. They both added 69 runs in the powerplay and were no mood in slowing down.

RR were struggling to find a way of their dismissal as both of the batsmen were looking dangerous in the middle. They put up the 110-run partnership for the opening wicket within 10 overs made the winning foundation for the team.

However, Warner took just 26 balls to reach his 50. Both of them got dismissed back to back later as Stokes picked up the wicket of Warner in the 10th over, while Bairstow was dismissed by Shreyas Gopal in the 11th over. Warner’s 37-ball 69 included 9 boundaries and 2 sixes while Bairstow’s 45 off 28 included 6 boundaries and a six.

Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan’s cameos

After the dismissal of the openers, Kane Williamson and Vijay Shankar started to steady the ship. More than Williamson, Shankar took on the bowlers as he hit two sixes in the 14th over off Kulkarni and another one in the next over off Jaydev Unadkat.

But Shankar got dismissed in the 16th over after scoring a 15-ball 35. Then Rashid Khan and Yusuf Pathan again started to steady the ship. However, Rashid hit a full-length delivery from Archer through cover for a boundary and he flicked the next ball using the depth of the crease over deep square leg for a maximum which took SRH to their first win with 1 over to spare.

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