IPL 2021: Sanju Samson's 82 Drives Rajasthan Royals to 164/5 Against SRH
Sanju Samson top scored for Rajasthan Royals with 82 runs against Kane Williamson's SRH.
Rajasthan Royals' captain Sanju Samson was on fire against an out of sorts Sunrisers Hyderabad side in Dubai. He scored 82 to not only fire himself to the top of the run getters list for the season but also helped his get to 164/5.
Royals youngster Kartik Tyagi is out with injury, Chris Morris, Evin Lewis are back in the side. Whereas, there were four changes for Sunrisers: Jason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg and Siddharth Kaul in with David Warner is not playing.
Batting first, the Royals had a terrible start as Evin Lewis was the first to be dismissed in the second over. Lewis was caught in the deep by Abdul Samad off Bhuvneshwar for 4, which brought Sanju Samson to the middle with Yashasvi Jaiswal.
Samson and Jaiswal absorbed the initial bit of pressure after the early wicket before going on to put on 56 runs for the second wicket.
The youngster scored 36 off 23 deliveries, hitting 5 boundaries and a six before dragging it on to his own stumps off Sandeep Sharma shortly after the powerplay.
The big hitting Liam Livingstone was then deceived by Rashid Khan and was dismissed for 4, leaving the Royals at 77/3. Samson meanwhile was playing a few elegant shots at his end as he tried to keep his side in the hunt for a competitive total.
After a couple of economical overs post the wicket, Mahipal Lomror hammered Jason Holder for a six in the 14th over to bring up the 100 his side.
Samson then welcomed Rashid back into the attack with a six over extra-cover, before bringing up his half-century in fine fashion off the next over. Lomror at the other end was going at almost run-a-ball. Samson made the Kaul over a 20-run one after getting his half-century as RR inched closer to crossing the 150-run mark. It was Samson’s 15th IPL half-century.
The next couple of overs got RR 20 runs more, with Samson taking on the more aggressive role. The skipper had done brilliantly to pace his innings the way he did, ensuring that his side would have a fair amount of runs to defend.
Samson however could not see out the innings as he was caught in the deep, trying to hit Sidharth Kaul over long on. Samson was dismissed for 82 having hit 7 fours and 3 sixes. The Royals lost Riyan Parag too in the final over as they finished with 18 runs of the final three overs. Lomror finished unbeaten on 29.
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