IPL 2021: Jason Roy hit a half-century on his Sunrisers Hyderabad debut to lift the Indian Premier League’s bottom club to victory and dent Rajasthan Royals’ playoff chances.
The victory was only the Sunrisers’ second in this year’s tournament, and Roy’s inclusion was one of four changes to the team following their defeat to the Punjab Kings, which meant they would not advance to the knockout stages.
They chased down 165 for the win, with Roy (60 from 42 balls) making his impact at the top of the order and captain Kane Williamson smashing an unbeaten 51 from 41 balls to get them home with nine balls to spare.
Sanju Samson was in fine form again, scoring 82 off 57 balls in Rajasthan’s 164-5, but his efforts were in vain for the second game in a row as the Royals missed out on a chance to move into the top four.
Rajasthan lost the opener, Evin Lewis, early after opting to bat first, but a 56-run second-wicket stand between Yashasvi Jaiswal (36 from 23) and Samson helped set a good foundation.
However, the momentum was slowed by a mid-innings blunder that saw Jaiswal dismissed by Sandeep Sharma (1-30) and Liam Livingstone (4) holing out while attempting to punish a short ball from Rashid Khan (1-31).
Samson got the Royals back on track in the second half of the innings, continuing his incredible run in this year’s IPL, taking 20 off one Siddarth Kaul over and slamming seven fours and three sixes before falling to the same bowler in the final over as Sunrisers’ bowlers finished strong.
The burden was on Jason Roy as the chase began, having replaced Sunrisers stalwart David Warner, who has struggled for runs throughout the season, but he was able to ease himself into the innings thanks to a quick start from Wriddhiman Saha.
The Englishman, on the other hand, quickly found his stride, and the partnership had reached 57 by the time Saha (18 from 11) was stumped off the bowling of Mahipal Lomror (1-22).
Williamson joined Roy at the crease, and the pair snatched the game away from Rajasthan in the next seven overs, putting on 57.
Roy was the main aggressor, hitting his half-century in 36 balls with a tremendous slog-sweep for six followed by a more controlled sweep for four, while Williamson kept the clock ticking over with an amazing drive off the back foot that carried all the way for six over long-off.
Roy’s innings ended when he nibbled one behind down the legside off Chetan Sakariya (1-32), and when Priyam Garg (0) fell to Mustafizur Rahman (1-26) in the next over, the Sunrisers were not concerned because Williamson was still at the crease.
The New Zealand captain has earned a reputation as the personification of calm, and he lived up to it again here, coolly taking his side to within sight of victory with the help of Abhishek Sharma (21no from 16) before ensuring there would be no last over drama with back-to-back boundaries in the 19th over to seal the win.
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