Sanju Samson launched the ball towards the boundary several times to score a commendable 82 off 57 balls. As he did so, he surpassed Deccan Chargers’ Shikhar Dhawan in the race for the Orange Cap. With Yashavi Jaiswal’s 36 runs and a long 84-run partnership between Mahipal Lomror and RR captain Sanju Samson, the team reached past the 150-run mark. However, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, and Evin Lewis failed to make the best of the favorable conditions. As a result, they contributed almost nothing to Rajasthan Royals’ overall Indian Premier League statistics, having scored 4, 0, and 6 runs, respectively.
A Compelling Victory
Openers Jason Roy and Wriddhiman Saha were let their boundaries speak, scoring just over ten runs an over in the first five. After scoring 50 in just 29 balls, SRH were off to a flying start. At the end of the powerplay, when SRH’s score was 63, Mahipal Lomror dismissed Wriddhiman Saha. This didn’t dampen Roy’s spirit, who went on to maintain the run rate with Kane Williamson. Roy scored 60 in 42 balls before being dismissed by Chetan Sakariya after scoring a 50 on his debut. Priyam Garg was dismissed on the first ball he faced by Mustafizur Rahman. Williamson (51 not out), along with Abhishek Sharma (21 not out), went on to win the game for the team with 9 balls and 7 wickets remaining. Their partnership yielded 48 vital runs.
RR – 164/5 (20)
SRH – 167/3 (18.3)
The fifties scored by Roy and Williamson in match number 40 of IPL 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium in the UAE washed over Rajasthan Royals’ aspirations to make the playoffs.