IPL 2023: SRH wins against Rajasthan Royals by 4-runs in a dramatic fashion to end the match in the last ball thriller.
The match was incredibly dull as it appeared that Rajasthan Royals had complete control right from the beginning. Their batting was exceptional, with Jos Buttler and captain Sanju Samson delivering outstanding innings. Ultimately, they managed to score a formidable total of 214 runs.
Sunrisers started their pursuit with a highly cautious approach, which made it appear quite dull. The flamboyant batting display, which is typically associated with the Royals, was noticeably absent. The batting unit of SRH appeared to be under pressure, and they resorted to simply rotating the strike with occasional boundary hits. As the innings progressed, Yuzi Chahal managed to take four wickets, effectively dismantling the remaining batting lineup of the ‘orange army’.
It was beyond anyone’s imagination that SRH, despite losing their crucial batsmen early on, would be able to chase down 41 runs in the final two overs.
After Aiden Markram was dismissed for a meager score of 6 runs, it appeared that SRH’s chances of winning were extinguished. However, Glenn Phillips arrived and spoiled the party for the Royals by scoring 25 runs in just seven deliveries, thereby reviving SRH’s hopes of winning.
After Hetmyer took an outstanding catch and eliminated the danger, the opposition needed 17 runs off the final over. Sanju Samson once again relied on Sandeep Sharma, who had previously defended 21 runs against none other than MS Dhoni at Chepauk. This time in Jaipur, Sharma was tasked with defending 17 runs. On the second ball, Abdul Samad hit a six, keeping SRH’s hopes alive. However, on the last ball, SRH required 5 runs to win. Sharma delivered the final ball, resulting in a wicket and causing the RR players to erupt in celebration.
The story took an unexpected turn when the umpire declared the last ball a no-ball and called everyone back to the pitch. With only four runs needed off the final ball, Samad stepped up and hit a six, achieving what seemed impossible for SRH.
At the beginning of the evening, Rajasthan Royals won the coin toss and their captain Sanju Samson opted to bat first. Despite their recent loss in a match where they batted first, Samson made the decision while considering the Jaipur stadium’s past performance records.
In the ‘Pink City’, two out of three matches have been won by the team that batted first. The Royals were aided by impressive performances from Yashaswi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler, who played aggressively during the powerplay to establish a strong foundation. During the latest match, Jaiswal achieved a significant milestone by reaching 1,000 IPL runs.
Jansen’s clever bowling ended his innings prematurely, while Skipper Samson managed to stay unbeaten at 66 runs off 38 balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was able to get Buttler out after he scored 95 runs off 59 balls. The Royals dominated the first innings with their impressive batting, resulting in a massive total of 214 runs being posted on the scoreboard.