RR vs SRH Highlights, IPL 2019 Match 45 in Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals win by seven wickets
RR vs SRH As It Happened, IPL 2019: Catch all the highlights from the IPL Match 45 between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad through our live blog.
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Highlights: Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets to end their home campaign on a winning note and theoretically keep alive their playoff chances in the ongoing Indian Premier League in Jaipur on Saturday. Opting to bowl in a must-win match, Rajasthan first restricted Sunrisers to 160 for eight and then chased down the target in 19.1 overs.
Follow RR vs SRH highlights below:
Rajasthan Royals win by seven wickets
Samson smashes a delivery from Shakib for a boundary and takes Rajasthan Royals to a seven-wicket victory with five balls to spare. The wicketkeeper-batsman remains unbeaten on 48 from 32 balls.
Rajasthan need 9 from 12 balls
It’s a walk in the park for the Rajasthan Royals from here. Samson is batting brilliantly along with Ashton Turner, who finally manages to score a run after three consecutive ducks.
Smith departs for 22 runs
Steve Smith top-edges a delivery from Khaleel and gets out caught for 22 runs. Is there a twist in the tale here? Rajasthan have failed to close out many games in this season.
Smith and Samson string a 50-run stand
Smith and Samson have batted very sensibly today. They have run hard between the wickets and put away the loose deliveries with ease. Rajasthan need 13 runs from 19 balls to win.
Rajasthan need 24 runs from 24 balls
Steve Smith and Sanju Samson have strung an important partnership of 44 runs so far. The Rajasthan Royals need 24 runs from 24 balls to win.
Rashid drops a catch
Samson miscues a shot towards the square leg area, Rashid runs in, but doesn’t get into a good position to take the catch. Samson survives as Rajasthan move to 126/2 in 14.3 overs.
Samson powers Rajasthan on
Samson smashes Kaul for two consecutive boundaries in the 13th over as Rajasthan move to 114/2 in 13 overs. The duo will have to ensure that Rajasthan don’t have yet another collapse today.
Warner takes a brilliant catch
David Warner takes a brilliant catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane for 39 runs. The Rajasthan Royals are in a spot of bother after losing their openers in quick succession.
Rashid Khan strikes for Hyderabad
Livingstone inside-edges a delivery from Rashid and Saha takes a sharp catch behind the stumps. The opener goes for a well-made 44. Rajasthan Royals: 79/1 in 10 overs.
Livingstone nears fifty
Livingstone has played a spectacular innings so far. The opening batsman has scored 43 runs from 24 balls. Looks like he can single-handedly take Rajasthan home tonight.
Livingstone smashes Kaul for 20 runs
Big over for Rajasthan! Livingstone connects two boundaries and two sixes and takes 20 runs from the sixth over. Rajasthan: 60/0 in 6 overs.
Rajasthan reach 40/0 in 5 overs
Rahane and Livingstone are looking good in the middle at the moment. They score 6 runs off Khaleel’s over as Rajasthan Royals reach 40/0 in 5 overs.
Rahane slams two boundaries
Rahane is hitting the ball very well in Jaipur. He hits Bhuvneshwar for two boundaries as Rajasthan move to 18/0 in 3 overs.
Bhuvneshwar starts decently
Bhuvneshwar Kumar gives away a boundary in the first over, but bowls five dot balls. Rajasthan Royals: 4/0 in 1 over.
Sunrisers Hyderabad post 160/8 in 20 overs
Rashid Khan smashes Varun Aaron for a four and a six as Sunrisers Hyderabad post 160/8 in 20 overs. It looked like SRH wouldn’t reach the par score of 160, but the visitors scored 18 runs in the last over to reach a decent total.
Aaron dismisses Bhuvneshwar
Unadkat is having a field day today! Bhuvneshwar presents a high catch and Unadkat takes a fantastic running catch yet again. SRH lose their eighth wicket.
Shakib falls to Unadkat
Shakib fails to get hold of a slower one and presents a catch to Gopal. The leg-spinner latches on to it this time as the Bangladesh all-rounder departs for nine runs. SRH: 142/7 in 19 overs.
Saha departs for five runs
Just after being dropped by Gopal in the deep, Saha nicks a delivery to Samson behind the stumps and gets out for five runs. SRH: 137/6 in 18 overs.
Hooda goes for a golden duck
Hooda is surprised by a slower one by Unadkat and he chips the ball back to the bowler. Unadkat times his jump brilliantly to take another good catch. Hooda falls for a golden duck. SRH: 127/5 in 16.2 overs.
Unadkat takes a fantastic catch
Unadkat runs in and takes a fantastic catch in the deep backward square leg area. Shankar departs for 8 runs as SRH lose their way in the last few overs.
Samson effects a brilliant stumping
Pandey gets deceived by the googly as Samson collects the ball. The wicket-keeper realises that Pandey has moved away from the crease. Samson takes off the bails before Pandey puts his feet down. Pandey departs for 61 runs.
SRH rest their hopes on Pandey and Shankar
The Sunrisers Hyderabad reach 113/2 in 14 overs as Pandey and Shankar set themselves up for a big finish. The duo have to ensure that they play as many overs as possible.
Pandey scores fifty, Smith takes a brilliant catch
Manish Pandey brings up his second consecutive half-century off 27 balls before Steve Smith takes a brilliant running catch to dismiss David Warner for 37 runs. After a few fielding mishaps by his teammates, Smith shows all of them how it’s done. SRH: 103/2 in 12.1 overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad near 100
Warner and Pandey are batting very comfortably in the middle. The duo have put on 64 runs from 42 balls as the Sunrisers inch closer to 100. SRH: 93/1 in 11 overs.
Pandey on song
Pandey thrashes Gopal for two consecutive boundaries in the eighth over as the Sunrisers Hyderabad reach 67/1 in 8 overs. The visitors are in a great position at the moment.
Riyan Parag bowls a decent over
Riyan Parag concedes a single in each of deliveries as Hyderabad move to 57/1 in 7 overs. The Rajasthan Royals will have to pick up wickets to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to a gettable total.
Hyderabad reach 41/1 in 5 overs
Pandey slams Unadkat for a boundary in the fifth over as Sunrisers Hyderabad reach 41/1. Pandey is looking good in the middle, he could string a big partnership with Warner here.
Gopal bowls a beauty to dismiss Williamson
Gopal releases the perfect wrong’un and the ball goes through the gates to bowl Williamson out for 13 runs. Finally, something goes Rajasthan’s way here. SRH: 32/1 in 4 overs.
Poor show on the field
Livingstone hasn’t learnt from the first over and has a shy at the stumps without a back-up fielder again. SRH gain two bonus runs before Aaron misfields at the boundary and gifts four runs. SRH: 19/0 in 2 overs.
Lucky start for Warner
Warner looks to leave a delivery from Aaron, but reacts a bit late. The ball hits his bat and runs down to Livingstone at backward point. The fielder has a shy at the stumps as Warner and Williamson scamper for a single. The ball misses the stumps and runs down to the boundary. Warner starts with five runs in the first ball of the innings.
Steve Smith: Hopefully we can put on a show for our home fans. They have been a force and big thanks to them. Hopefully we can end our home journey on a high.
Kane Williamson: There have been a few good team performances and bowling is our strength but as you know, the nature of T20 cricket where anything goes. It is important for us to perform as a collective unit.
53: Ajinkya Rahane needs 53 more runs to reach 5000 runs in T20s. He will be the 9th Indian to reach this milestone.
49: Sanju Samson needs 49 more runs to complete 1500 runs for RR in IPL. He will be the 3rd player after Ajinkya Rahane (2769 runs) and Shane Watson (2372 runs) to reach this milestone.
72.72: Steven Smith’s win rate as a captain for RR. It is the highest win rate for an RR captain to have led the side in minimum 10 matches.
4: Yusuf Pathan is 4 wickets away from completing 100 T20 wickets.
3: Rashid Khan needs 3 more wickets to complete 250 T20 wickets.
4: Khaleel Ahmed is 4 wickets away from completing 50 T20 wickets.
2: Shahbaz Nadeem needs 2 more wickets to complete 100 T20 wickets.
2: Rashid Khan needs 2 more wickets to complete 50 IPL wickets for SRH. He will be the 2nd SRH bowler after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (104 wickets) to reach this milestone.
Rajasthan: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
Hyderabad: David Warner, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed
Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to bowl first against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both teams have made two changes each for this clash. If RR win tonight that will mean CSK will confirm their spot in the play-off stages of the tournament.
Hyderabad: David Warner, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Rajasthan: Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith (c), Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (wk), Shreyas Gopal, Oshane Thomas, Dhawal Kulkarni, Riyan Parag
Player battle - Pandey vs Gopal
Shreyas Gopal trapped Manish Pandey LBW when the two faced against each other in an IPL match earlier this season. Pandey has batted only two deliveries against the leg-spinner and has managed just one run versus Gopal in T20s. The Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman will look to improve his record against Gopal in their next match.
Player battle - Warner vs Aaron
David Warner and Varun Aaron have had an interesting battle in T20s so far. The opening batsman has scored 37 runs off 28 balls against the fast bowler, but Aaron has managed to pick up Warner’s wicket once. Aaron, who is currently in good form, may knock Warner’s wicket off early on in his innings on Saturday.
Player battle - Smith vs Rashid
Steve Smith has struggled against Rashid Khan in T20s. The Australian has managed just 14 runs off 19 balls against Rashid and has been dismissed once by the leg-spinner. It will be interesting to see whether Smith takes the attack to Rashid or will he look to cautiously play him out.
Player battle - Rahane vs Bhuvneshwar
Ajinkya Rahane has been in good nick in his recent matches, but he has to be wary of Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Saturday. The opening batsman has been dismissed six times in T20s by the fast bowler and Rahane has batted at a strike-rate of 89.29 against Bhuvneshwar. Rahane may look to play out the speedster’s overs early on in his innings.
Warner on the verge of a milestone
If Warner manages to score a fifty against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur on Saturday, then he would break Virender Sehwag and Jos Buttler’s record for the most consecutive fifties in IPL. Warner is currently tied with both Sehwag and Buttler with five consecutive fifties. His last five innings in IPL 2019 were 57 against CSK, 67 against KKR, 50 against CSK, 51 against DC and 71* KXIP.
SRH’s Plan B
Sunrisers too will deeply affected by the absence of overseas players but have been smart with their replacements. Warner, who would be playing his last match of the season on April 29, could be replaced by Martin Guptill. The Kiwi could partner his skipper Kane Williamson at the top of the order once Warner leaves.
RR’s bowling woes
The bowling will be a bigger worry for the hosts because Archer was the most effective bowler for them in death overs. However, Varun Aaron was very impressive against KKR with 2 for 20 and the ‘Man of the match’ award would also boost his confidence. Oshane Thomas too had a decent outing with 1 for 32. The hosts would also look up to Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaidev Unadkat to tighten the screws on the opposition.
No Englishmen left
All-rounder Archer propelled Royals to a thrilling victory over KKR on Thursday night and his presence too will be felt very much. The departure of three Englishmen — Archer, Buttler and Stokes — could cost Royals dear but the form of Ajinkya Rahane and Smith is a positive sign.
Things will get tougher for both teams after the departure of Australians -- Warner and Royals skipper Steve Smith -- next week. Sunrisers are placed better than Royals on the points table, having won five out of their 10 games. Royals have only won four of their 11 games but they too remain in the hunt for a play-off spot.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both Rajasthan and Hyderabad will begin life without their key overseas players in this clash. Royals are more affected than Sunrisers with the absence of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. While Sunrisers will surely miss the services of their destructive opener and Englishman Jonny Bairstow.