In the 28th match of the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals faced Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. RR restricted SRH by 55 runs while chasing the mammoth target of 221.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and chose to field. Rajasthan Royals set up a competitive target of 221. RR lost their young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal early in the powerplay when the southpaw fell prey to Rashid Khan. Sanju Samson (48) was the number three batsman and joined Jos Butler at the crease. The two batsmen took their time in the initial stage. Butler and Samson had a huge partnership in the middle overs which laid the foundation for a big finish. Both batsmen gathered 150 runs for the second wicket. Butler was anchoring the partnership while the RR skipper played the supporting role. The big partnership was broken by Vijay Shankar when Samson was caught at the boundary while looking for a maximum. Butler hammered his maiden IPL ton in just 56 balls. Riyan Parag replaced the Rajasthan skipper at the crease, a big finish was required and the in-form Englishman didn’t disappoint. He alone smashed 22 runs to Sandeep Sharma in the 19th over before he departed on the final delivery of the over. David Miller came out to bat in the last over of the game, with RR accumulating just five runs from the first five deliveries, the South African smashed a six on the last ball to conclude his team’s innings on a higher note.
Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman pocketed three wickets each. Kartik Tyagi and Rahul Tewatia got one wicket each to their names.
For Hyderabad, Shankar, Sandeep and Rashid got one wicket each. They finished their innings at 165/8. Butler was the man of the match for his prolific 124 off 64 delivers, his innings decorated with 11 fours and eight sixes.