Sunrisers Hyderabad (Photo/IPL twitter)
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Photo/IPL twitter)

IPL 2019: Samson's ton in vain as Hyderabad beat Rajasthan by 5 wickets

ANI | Updated: Mar 29, 2019 23:53 IST

Hyderabad (Telangana), Mar 29 (ANI): Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in the 12th edition of the IPL at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday night.
Chasing a target of 199, Hyderabad got off to a brilliant start as openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow hammered Rajasthan with their 110-run stand.
Warner registered his half-century before fast bowler Ben Stokes got a major breakthrough for Rajasthan as he dismissed the left-handed batsman, who smashed nine boundaries and two sixes in his 37-ball 69.
Hyderabad were still well placed at 110 for the loss of one but leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal got hold of Bairstow and sent him back for 45.
Skipper Kane Williamson and Vijay Shankar in the middle took charge and joined quick 47 runs before they were dismissed in quick succession to bring Rajasthan in control. The Indian all-rounder added a brisk 15-ball 35, which saw three sixes and a boundary, while Williamson contributed 14 runs.
With their 34-run partnership, Yusuf Pathan (16*) and Rashid Khan (15*) took Hyderabad over the line with one over remaining.
Sanju Samson’s unbeaten 102 and 70 from skipper Ajinkya Rahane propelled Rajasthan Royals to 198 for the loss of two wickets after they opted to set the target.
Rajasthan faced a minor hiccup as they lost opener Jos Buttler cheaply for five. The right-hander exposed his stumps while attempting a sweep but leg-spinner Rashid Khan got breakthrough for Hyderabad as he bowled out Buttler.
Rahane and Samson in the middle retrieved the innings and brought up their respective half-centuries. Both the set batsmen stitched a magnificent 119-run partnership, which saw Rajasthan skipper smashing three sixes and four boundaries before spinner Shahbaz Nadeem produced a quality ball to dismiss Rahane for 70.
Samson then found support in Ben Stokes and the duo added 64 runs together. The right-handed Indian batsman blazed four sixes and 10 boundaries in his unbeaten scintillating innings of 102 off just 55 balls, registering his IPL ton along the way. Meanwhile, Stokes remained not out on 16.
Rajasthan will travel to meet Chennai Super Kings, while Hyderabad will host Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 31.
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 201/5 (DA Warner 69, JM Bairstow 45, S Gopal 3-27) beat Rajasthan Royals 198/2 (SV Samson 102*, AM Rahane 70, R Khan 1-24) by 5 wickets. (ANI)