Rajasthan Royals picked up their third win of the season as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL this season on Sunday. Later in the evening, Delhi Capitals enjoyed a winning run too against Punjab Kings to lead the table with 12 points.
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Buttler Sets Up Big Win for Rajasthan
Fortunes may be starting to turn around for Rajasthan Royals who are looking increasingly confident and equipped as a team.
In yet another remarkable display of batting prowess, RR batted first after losing the toss and posted a huge total on the board.
Jos Buttler’s century, combined with Sanju Samson’s smart knock helped Rajasthan reach 220 runs – the second time this season they have crossed the 200 mark.
Despite fielding a pretty decent bowling line-up, there was not a lot that SRH could do. Buttler and Samson were just too good for the likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Khan, Sandeep Sharma, and others.
Rajasthan Royals Innings
- Score: 220-3
- Jos Buttler: 124 off 64, 11 4s, 8 6s
- Sanju Samson: 48 off 33, 4 4s, 2 6s
- Rashid Khan: 1-24, overs
Sunrisers Hyderabad Innings
- Score: 165-8
- Manish Pandey: 31 off 20; 3 4s, 2 6s
- Jonny Bairstow: 30 off 21; 4 4s, 1 6s
- Mustafizur Rahman: 3-20, 4 overs
- Chris Morris: 3-29, 4 overs
When Hyderabad came on to chase the title, they found themselves struggling with the same set of problems again. Their woeful batting order couldn’t handle the pressure and Pandey and Bairstow ended their innings as the team’s highest run-scorers for the day.
The likes of Nabi, Kane Williamson, and others just collapsed to some brilliant bowling by Morris and Rahman.
Ultimately, Rajasthan Royals won the match by 55 runs to reach fifth place in the table.
Business as Usual for Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals also continued on their winning ways against Punjab Kings. They picked up a 7-wicket win and as a result, moved to the top of the table.
Delhi won the toss and chose to field first. Punjab Kings were fielding a couple of new players, including Dawid Malan.
That didn’t help them much and had it not been for Mayank Agarwal, the team would have crumbled sooner. Agarwal was the sole star performer of the day – his 99 off 58 (not out) is what helped PBKS cross the 150-run mark.
Everyone else, including Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, and others got out cheaply.
Punjab Kings Innings
- Score: 166-6
- Mayank Agarwal: 99 off 58; 8 4s, 4 6s
- Dawid Malan: 26 off 26; 1 4s, 1 6s
- Kagiso Rabada: 3-36, 4 overs
Delhi Capitals Innings
- Score: 167-3
- Shikhar Dhawan: 69 off 47, 6 4s, 2 6s
- Prithvi Shaw: 39 off 22, 3 4s, 3 6s
- Harpreet Brar: 1-19, 3 overs
In all fairness, Rabada did make life difficult for the opposing Punjab Kings batsmen.
In response, Delhi chased down the target in 17.4 overs losing just 3 wickets. Dhawan and Shaw powered the Capitals to a strong start while Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant, and Shimron Hetmyer got the job done.