SRH skipper David Warner won the toss and elected to bat first. He made one change to the team. Shankar came into the playing 11 ahead of Samad. Royals, on the other hand, Smith had made three changes to their squad. Ben Stokes, who had just completed his mandatory Quarantine of 6 days, made it straight into the playing 11. Riyan Parag and Uthappa are back; they replace Andrew Tye, Yashashvi Jaiswal, and Mahipal Lomror.
Royals bowled really well in the power play. Pitch was already slow to start with, and SRH openers just weren’t able to score freely of the bowlers. At the end of 6 overs, SRH was only able to score 26 runs for the loss of one wicket.
After the powerplay, Warner and Pandey played well and put on a good partnership and took SRH to 93/1 after 14 overs. David Warner was then dismissed on 48 runs by Jofra Archer. Manish Pandey got to his half-century in the 17th over but was dismissed soon after. Williamson and Garg made sure that SRH got to a decent total of 158.
Royals needed 159 of their 20 overs to win the game.
To everyone’s surprise, Ben Stokes came out to open the innings along with Buttler. He didn’t last long as Khaleel Ahmed bowled him in the second over of the innings.
Royals, since the first two games, have been losing early wickets in the powerplay, and it was the same today. Smith was runout trying to take a second run in the 4th over. Buttler edged one of Khaleel in the 5th over. By the end of the powerplay, they were struggling at 36/3.
Robin Uthappa and Samson played well and made sure that they didn’t lose a wicket in the next three overs, and Royals were 63/3 after nine overs. Rashid Khan came into the action in the tenth over and got Uthappa of the very first ball. He was again bought into the attack in the 11th over, and he dismissed the dangerous-looking Samson and made the match tilted in the favor of SRH.
In his first three overs, the Afghan Spinner had take taken two crucial wickets of Uthappa and Samson and completely shifted the momentum of the game in favor of SRH.
The Parag and Tewatia Show
Of the last five overs, Royals needed 65 runs on a slow pitch. Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia were on the crease, and one of them needed to play remarkable innings to win the match for the Royals.
Riyan Parag was dropped by Garg in the 16th over, and Parag made most of it. He and Tewatia got 29 of the next two overs, and that meant they needed 36 of the last three overs with an over of Rashid Khan left.
Rahul Tewatia again proved why he is match-winner by smacking Rashid Khan for three consecutive fours in the 18th over and scored 14 runs off his over.
They needed 22 runs off the last two overs. Natarajan was bowling the 19th over Tewatia again hit a four and a six of his bowling and scored 14 runs of this over. Khaleel was not able to defend runs of the last over, and Royals got over the line with a brilliant six from Riyan Parag. Rahul Tewatia was declared Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
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