In the fifth match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Rajasthan Royals (RR) thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 61 runs at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Tuesday.
Chasing the massive target of 211 runs, Sunrisers never really looked at any momentum as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and failed to speed up the run rate. SRH lost five wickets for just 37 runs in 10.2 overs before Aiden Markram, and Romario Shepherd tried to steady the innings. The duo added 41 runs for the sixth wicket before Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of Shepherd for 24.
Markram then formed another crucial partnership with all-rounder Washington Sundar. The pair tried their best and added 55 runs for the seventh wicket before Sundar was removed by Trent Boult for a quickfire 14-ball 40, including five fours and a couple of sixes.
Markram stayed unbeaten on 57 off 41 deliveries but couldn’t take his side over the finish line as the Sunrisers lost the contest by 61 runs.
Earlier, led by a blistering half-century by skipper Sanju Samson, the Royals put up a humungous total of 210 on the board after SRH captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first.
During his explosive batting display, Samson also broke a long-standing record of legendary Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. Samson smashed five maximums in the game and leapfrogged Watson’s record for the most sixes hit by a RR player in the history of the IPL.
Most sixes for Rajasthan Royals in IPL history:
- 110 – Sanju Samson
- 109 – Shane Watson
- 67 – Jos Buttler
- 61 – Yusuf Pathan
- 53 – Ajinkya Rahane
Apart from Samson, Jos Buttler (35), Devdutt Padikkal (41), and Shimron Hetmyer (32) chipped with valuable cameos to help Rajasthan post the highest total so far in the ongoing fifteenth season of the cash-rich league.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) March 29, 2022
When Hyderabad bats.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 29, 2022
Sanju Baba… 👌🙇♂️ #IPL2022
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 29, 2022
Sanju Samson leading from the front. Back foot display was something to look at.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 29, 2022
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 29, 2022
Ashwin's lengths superb. Great control. The spinners had an easy job today but already looks like Ashwin and Chahal will be a top combination.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 29, 2022
Top Top performance by @rajasthanroyals brilliant batting @IamSanjuSamson and what a quality spin bowling by @yuzi_chahal outstanding spell.. My man of the match YUZI
Chalo Good night hai dosto Nini time 🥱
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 29, 2022
Like everyone even I am surprised @IamSanjuSamson isn’t in the Indian team. Maybe this team management will be more encouraging and patient with him. He has it in him. Needs someone to back him and allow him the freedom to play his game #RRvsSRH
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) March 29, 2022
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 29, 2022
There is no way you can keep Sanju Samson out of India's T20 World Cup squad. ABSOLUTELY NO WAY!
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) March 29, 2022
😍💜 CAPTAIN'S KNOCK! Skipper Sanju is bringing the heat to the SRH bowlers! A splendid innings from him in his 100th match for RR. 👏
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) March 29, 2022
Boult & krishna on fire with bowling attack.
— Sushil Gaikwad (@onlysushil) March 29, 2022