Dubai: Disciplined bowling from Rajasthan Royals (RR) kept SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in check, restricting them to 158 for 4 wickets in the 26th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. A powerful partnership of Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia lead RR to achieve victory against SRH. RR won the match by 5 wickets. RR scored 163 at loss of 5 wickets with one ball remaining.
With the beginning of the match, it was not a pleasant sight for RR fans. With the early departure of Steve Smith and Jos Buttler SRH got two big wickets one after the other. Smith could only score 5 runs from 6 balls while Buttler scored 16 runs from 13 balls.
Khaleel Ahmed picked up his first wicket in the match departing Ben Stokes very early. Khaleel Ahmed got two big wickets as RR scored 36/3 at the end of the powerplay.
Robin Utthapa was sent back to the hut by Rashid at 18. Sanju Samson departed at 26 runs. Rashid Khan picked up his wicket and added another to his account.
An extended partnership Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia increased the score of the team. However, the team failed to chase the required target set by SRH. Rahul scored 45 runs in 28 balls while Parag scored 42 in 26.
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, who had put on a big century stand in the previous match, failed to fire as an opening pair, putting on only 23.
Bairstow made 16 off 19 deliveries while David Warner scored 48 off 38 balls.
After the early loss of Bairstow, Manish Pandey (54 off 44 deliveries) and Warner added 73 runs in 10 overs.
But it was skipper Kane Williamson at the back-end who provided the fillip, playing an unbeaten 12-ball 22-run knock to take the team beyond 250. He was well-supported by Priyam Garg, who made 8-ball 15.
Jofra Archer picked one for 25. Kartik Tyagi and Jaydev Unadkat too picked a wicket each.