In a batsman dominated format of cricket, victories like yesterday’s SRH vs RR match are few and far in between. However, as the game is changing, T20 is becoming a bowler’s arena too. Teams like RCB are losing out even with the best battling lineup from the world over, because of weak bowling and field. The change in times was proved by Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday. The team registered a 11-run win over the Rajasthan Royals. Alex Hales and Kane Williamson helped the team in setting up a good score. They were helped by Siddharth Kaul’s 2 for 23 and Sandeep Sharma’s 1 for 15 to restrict the Royals to 140 for 6.
Playing at the top spot for the Sunrisers in the absence of David Warner, Alex Hales had a lot up his sleeves. He silenced his critics who said that the Englishman won’t perform well in the subcontinent. Opening with Shikhar Dhawan, he was just 5 runs shy of his half-century in 39 balls. Kane Williamson helped him on the other end, putting another half-century, his fourth in this tournament, on the scoreboard. His 63-run knock was the highest for the team and helped them get to 151 for 7 wickets in their 20 over.
For Royals, Jofra Archer brought a lot of good news as he dismantled the lower batting order of the SRH, taking 3 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs. For SRH, it was a good start, as they had defended smaller totals in the last two matches. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson did a good job on their end to chase the score, but it didn’t work in the Royals’ favor. As Rahul Tripathi went early, the both added 59 run partnership for the second wicket. Samson scored 40 before falling while Rahane remained unbeaten for 65 runs off 53 balls. Sandeep Sharma bowled a brilliant spell, conceding only 15 runs in his four overs while Siddharth Kaul sent Samon and Lomror back to the dugout.
Besides Samson and RR skipper Rahane, none of the teammates scored more than 15 runs in the match. The asking rate never went out of hand but with falling wickets and tight bowling from SRH bowlers, it was difficult to chase. Playing at their home ground, the Sawai Man Singh Stadium at Jaipur, this was a difficult loss for the Royals.
Kane Williamson was named Man of the Match. He said, “I think the guys went out well today they were a lot smarter. We got a number of challenging surfaces and today we saw a lot of improvement. 20-20 is very quick in nature and good to get wins under the board. Trying to adapt to the conditions. Alex Hales is world class and we have seen for a long time. Nice for him to get off to great start.”
Rahane said post-match, I think 152 was chaseable on this wicket. Batsmen should take more responsibility… Fielding needs to improve. We’ve been playing some good cricket, but it’s all about giving your best every time.”
Both the teams will now be facing Delhi Daredevils. First Rajasthan will meet them on May 2 and Hyderabad will get a match on May 5.