Rajasthan Royals. Photo: PTIIn match 45 of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL 2019), Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by seven wickets to end their home campaign on a winning note and theoretically keep alive their play-off chances at Sawai Mansingh Stadium 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. By virtue of this win, Rajasthan have now moved to the sixth position in the eight-team standings with 10 points from 12 games. But to stay in contention for a play-off berth, Rajasthan first must win their remaining two away games against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 30 and Delhi Capitals on May 4 and then hope for favourable results from other matches. Despite the loss, Sunrisers have just managed to hold to their fourth place in the table with 10 points from 11 games.
Chasing 161, Liam Livingstone (44 off 26) and Ajinkya Rahane (39 off 34) got Rajasthan off to a flying start with the former taking the attack to the opposition.
The duo raced off to 78 off 55 balls for the opening wicket, picking up 60 runs off the first six powerplay overs before Livingstone perished.
Livingstone was in a murderous mood as he didn't spare single Rajasthan bowler and struck four boundaries and three sixes during his explosive knock before departing in the 10th over, edging one to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps off Rashid Khan's (1/30) bowling.
An over later Rajasthan suffered yet another blow in the form of Rahane, caught by David Warner at long-off off Shakib Al Hasan (1/26).
Then Sanju Samson (48 not out off 32) and skipper Steve Smith (22) held fort and shared 55 runs in 5.3 overs to take Rajasthan within sniffing distance of win before the latter departed.
But by that time the damage had already been done for Sunrisers as Samson and Ashton Turner completed the formalities with ease.
Earlier, Manish Pandey hit a quick half-century before Sunrisers witnessed a middle-order collapse to be restricted to 160 for eight.
Sent into bat, Sunrisers got off too a good start even after the early dismissal of skipper Kane Williamson (13) with Warner and Manish Pandey sharing 75 runs off just 50 balls for the second wicket before losing the plot after the halfway stage.
Nicely placed 103 for one after 12 overs, Sunrisers lost their next seven wickets for just 44 runs before Rashid (17 not out off 8) played a short cameo towards the end to take the visitors to the 160-run mark.
Sunrisers lost Williamson early, cleaned up by Shreyas Gopal (2/30) with a googly in the fourth over.
Warner and Pandey then joined hands and played aggressively to stabilise the Sunrisers innings.
While Pandey was the aggressor of the two, Warner played the second fiddle.
Pandey reached his fifty in 27 balls with the help of eight fours but just when the partnership was looking threatening, a brilliant catch by Smith sent Warner packing.
Warner backed away a long way and tried to slap an Oshane Thomas (2/28) short delivery over extra cover but didn't time the shot perfectly and Smith ran back and dived full length to his right to hold on to a beautiful catch.
Warner's innings was a struggle as he scored 37 off 32 balls but failed to hit a single boundary.
Pandey continued his aggressive instinct and lofted Gopal over extra cover for an exquisite boundary. But the leg-spinner hand the last laugh as he dismissed Pandey in the very next ball, brilliantly caught by Samson as Sunrsiers slumped to 121 for three after 15 overs.
Pandey made a fine 61 off 36 balls with the help of nine boundaries.
Vijay Shankar (8) too perished cheaply, caught by Jaydev Unadkat off Varun Aaron (2/36) in the next over as the batsman went for a big shot.
Wickets kept on tumbling for Sunrisers after a fine first wicket stand between Warner and Pandey. The next to depart was Deepak Hooda for a duck caught one-handed off his own bowling by Unadkat (2/26) in the next over.
But Rashid took the onus on himself and garnered 18 runs off Aaron's final over to take Sunrisers to a respectable total.
12:03 AM IST
Jaydev Unadkat is adjudged the Man of the Match for his outstanding effort on the field and bowling figures of 2/26 pic.twitter.com/ZhrDrzbF9v
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 27, 2019
11:47 PM IST
Another chase at the SMS, another victory for us!
Liam's fireworks and Samson's calm head propelled us over the finish line. #HallaBol #RRvSRH #RR pic.twitter.com/am6ve356Zr
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 27, 2019
11:39 PM IST
That's that from Jaipur as the @rajasthanroyals register a victory by 7 wickets with 5 deliveries to spare.#RRvSRH pic.twitter.com/uL7TPNrd4K
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 27, 2019
11:30 PM IST Shakid comes into the attack and Samson hits towards cow-corner and win the match for RR.
11:29 PM IST Rajasthan Royals need 4 runs in 6 balls
11:29 PM IST
Over Summary: 2 1 0 1 1L 0 ; RR: 157-3
Siddarth Kaul [3.0-0-44-0] is back into the attack
Ball 6: DOt to end the over
Ball 5: One leg byes for Royals.
Ball 4: A short delivery and Turner hits without any timing towards mid-on for a single.
Ball 3: Turner squeezes the yorker back to bowler, no run.
Ball 2: Samson hits the low full toss to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Ball 1: Samson works uppishly to mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
11:24 PM IST Rajasthan Royals need 9 runs in 12 balls
11:23 PM IST
Over Summary: 1 1L 0 0 1 1 ; RR: 152-3
Ball 6: A quick single for Samson to end the over.
Ball 5: Turner guides towards third-man for a single.
Ball 4: DOT
Ball 3: DOT
Ball 2: One leg byes.
Ball 1: Ashton Turner clips towards backward square leg for a single and with this escape 5 innings Golden duck horror.
11:20 PM IST Ashton Turner, right handed bat, comes to the crease
11:18 PM IST
Over Summary: 4 1 4 1 1 W ; RR: 148-3
Ball 6: A short delivery and Smith goes for hook and to edges to deep fine leg and somehow Kaul has hold of it.
Ball 5: Samson pushes to long-off for a single.
Ball 4: A single for Smith towards deep backward point
Ball 3: A couple of runs for Smith
Ball 2: Samson collects a single.
Ball 1: Samson hits first ball for FOUR.
11:15 PM IST Over Summary: 1 Wd 1 0 0 2 0 ; RR: 137-2
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack and concedes only 5 runs.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
Here's what SRH captain said after the toss
Kane Williamson: We were going to do something similar. The surfaces in the T20 game don't change too much. That is the element. It is a fresh game, both teams looking to get involved.
RR playing 11 alert
Liam Livington and Ashton Turner replaces Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer
Toss ALERT: SRH to bat first
Rajasthan Royals win the toss and elect to bowl first
Steve Smith to leave IPL 2019 after RCB game
Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith will leave the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after his team's match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) slated for April 30 and will join the Australian team for World Cup preparation.
Smith revealed this after Thursday's game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) which his side won by three wickets at the Eden Gardens here.
Royals will also miss Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the remaining three games as the England internationals will join their national side in the training camp for the upcoming World Cup slated to be held from May 30.
"We lose a few players now. Jofra and Stokesy (Stokes) are off tonight, they go back to England now - two big holes to fill. I am here for 13 games. After the Bangalore one, I'll be heading back. Hopefully, I can contribute and see if we can get few more wins," said Smith in the post-match presentation ceremony.
On Thursday, Royals secured their fourth win of the ongoing IPL edition and kept their chances afloat of making it to the playoffs. Chasing 176, Royals rode on some matured and skillful batting from Riyan Parag, who kept his calm and composure to see his side cross the line.
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.
Key batsmen for SRH
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.
Key batsmen for RR
The departure of three Englishmen could cost Royals dear but the form of Ajinkya Rahane and Smith is a positive sign.
The real find for Royals has been 17-year-old boy from Assam, Riyan Parag, who has shown remarkable skill with bat and ball, demonstrating tremendous temperament. He made 47 off 31 against KKR and put back Rajasthan Royals on road to victory from a very tight situation.
Sanju Samson is also in good nick and Rahul Tripathi too has clicked with a fifty in the opening slot. The likes of Ashton Turner and Liam Livingstone have not been up to the mark and will have to raise their game.
Here are the form guide of both the teams:
Rajasthan Royals: beat Knight Riders by three wickets, lost to Capitals by six wickets, beat Mumbai by five wickets
Sunrisers Hyderabad: lost to Super Kings by six wickets, beat Knight Riders by nine wickets, beat Super Kings by six wickets
Here are the playing 11 probables of both the teams
SRH playing 11: Kane Williamson (capt), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan/Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk)/Sreevats Goswami (wk), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma/Siddarth Kaul/Shabaaz Nadeem
RR playing 11: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (capt), Rahul Tripathi/Liam Livingstone, Ashton Turner/Ish Sodhi, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni/Mahipal Lomror , Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
Tom Moody said the departure of Jonny Bairstow for England has opened the door for people like Martin Guptill. "Warner and Barstow have been performing well. But when the door closes, another one opens. It's an opportunity for someone else to step in that batting position.We haven't finalised the eleven, whether Guptill plays or not is undecided. For the past four weeks, he has been practicing on all sorts of surfaces at nets which are more often not as good as surfaces which are presented out in the middle. He is prepared for any surface. He has prepared and preparing for that opportunity.”
Jofra Archer, who will be leaving Rajasthan Royals to join the England camp for the upcoming World Cup, believes the franchise took a big risk in getting him in the team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he had no international experience.
Archer was by far the pick of the bowlers for the Royals in the ongoing IPL edition. He picked up 11 wickets in the 11 matches he played at an impressive economy rate of 6.76. In the last season as well, the West Indian had a really impressive outing as he had scalped 15 wickets in 10 matches he had played for the Royals. On Thursday against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), he performed with both bat and ball and helped Rajasthan to secure a three-wicket win at the Eden Gardens.
When he walked out to bat, Rajasthan required 53 off 28 balls. But Archer smashed a rapid 12-ball 27 not out and, along with the young Riyan Parag (47 off 31), and closed out a tense chase with four balls to spare. Archer had earlier bowled well too, conceding just 28 runs from his four overs, although he didn't pick up a wicket. After the match, Archer said he was gutted to leave his team at this moment. "I just wanted to get bat on ball in the last over. I am really gutted that I have to leave the boys. Moments like these make me cherish playing for Rajasthan Royals. I hope that we qualify for playoffs. We have a great bunch of guys here, anyone who will replace me will do a great job. I am grateful for Rajasthan for taking the chance on me as I have not played any international cricket. They took a very big risk for having me," he added
SRH are placed fourth in the standings with five wins and as many losses, giving them 10 points, while the hosts are stuttering at the seventh position after seven defeats in 11 outings. Moody said, "It is a very important game for both teams, given that the middle of the table is very crowded. It is an opportunity for us to break away from that middle. We have four games left and have to win majority of those, most of the teams in the middle are in that position. We know that Rajasthan are coming off a win but they are also coming from back-to-back games, had a travel day today and have lost a few players to World Cup commitments."
Coach Moody cautions SRH against taking Rajasthan Royals lightly
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody Friday cautioned his team against taking Rajasthan Royals lightly in the absence of top players such as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the opposition ranks. Hoping to inch closer to securing a playoff berth, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here Saturday. "I wouldn't say that they are a weakened side because if I lose players it also presents opportunities to those who are hungry. You cannot underestimate your opponent. The fringe players only need a lucky break to shine," Moody said at the pre-match press conference. The former Australian all-rounder added, "Therefore, regardless of who has come and who has gone in Rajasthan'sup, we know that they are a dangerous side, and particularly at home."
Inswingers coming off well after county stint: Aaron
Rajasthan Royals pacer Varun Aaron credited his county stint for his improvement as a bowler, following the team's three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. In an excellent new-ball spell of 3-1-10-2, Aaron removed both the Kolkata Knight Riders openers -- Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) -- with inswinging deliveries. "I've always bowled inswing but it's coming off a lot better after my county stint," said Aaron, who was not bought by any team for IPL 2018 and went on to play county cricket with Leicestershire, on Thursday. Aaron took full advantage of the Eden greentop and delivered a beauty to clean up Gill with a knuckle-ball that sharply cut back in. I used to rely on my outswing a lot before. But last year when I was not playing the IPL, I played county cricket and did work on my inswing which is really handy because on wickets like these you can't get give much of room. So there's no point bowling outswing at my pace," the 29-year-old said.
MSD connection between RR's Riyan Parag and his father
During the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) game against Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) played on April 11, 17-year-old Riyan Parag--who was making his IPL debut--was caught behind by MS Dhoni after he had scored 16 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. CSK went on to win that match by four wickets.
In that match, it was pointed out that Dhoni had first met Riyan when he was just three. A picture of the two had surfaced on social media in which the wicketkeeper-batsman is seen alongside child Riyan.
Now, it has come out that coincidentally it was Dhoni who had stumped Riyan's father Parag Das in one of the domestic games roughly 19 years ago.
Dhoni, who had made his first-class debut in the 1999-2000 season of the Ranji Trophy for Bihar -- during a game against Assam in an East Zone League -- had stumped Parag in the second innings after a 24-ball 30. Bihar went on to win by 191 runs.
In Match 8 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL 2019), Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday and registered their first win of this edition of the tournament. Batting first, Rajasthan Royals put up a massive 198/2 in their 20 overs with Sanju Samson's century, the first of this season, and captain Ajinkya Rahane's well constructed 70-run knock. Sunrisers Hyderabad had just the start that was required to chase such a big target with David Warner (69 off 37 balls) hitting almost every ball out of the boundary rope for either a four or a six. Jonny Bairstow held the oher post beautifully with 45 off 28 balls.
Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan were left on the crease to make much needed runs on time and they rose to the occasion, especially Rashid Khan (15 runs off 8 balls and 4-0-24-1) who scored the winning run. Rashid Khan was also bagged the Man of The Match award. For Rajasthan Royals, Shreyas Gopal (4-0-27-3) picked three wickets, while Jayadev Unadkat (3-0-26-1) sttod out with his figures.
After beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their own backyard, Rajasthan Royals will return home to keep their chances afloat of making it to the playoffs in IPL 2019, when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday. Royals are currently placed at the seventh spot with eight points from 11 games and would be looking to take confidence from their three-wicket win at the Eden Gardens in their last encounter. However, they would be missing the likes of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer who have flown back to England to join the national side for the World Cup camp.
On the other hand, SRH, placed at the fourth spot with five wins from 10 games, would want to leave behind the six-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and return to winning ways. They would dearly miss Jonny Bairstow who has done the bulk of their scoring alongside David Warner. It is expected that New Zealand's Martin Guptill will be included in the playing XI. They would also be hoping for the return of their regular skipper Kane Williamson, who was missed in their last game on account of both his batting and captaincy.