Rajasthan Royals crush Sunrisers Hyderabad by 61 runs 

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Rajasthan Royals started their IPL 2022 campaign with a big win on Tuesday

Rajasthan Royals began their campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 tournament on Tuesday night with a crushing 61-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the fifth match of the tournament played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) ground in Pune. 

After putting up a strong total of 210/6 in their 20 overs — the biggest yet by any team in the competition — Rajasthan restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 149/7 despite a fine unbeaten half-century from South Africa batsman Aiden Markram.

Rajasthan batsmen made most of the mistakes from SRH bowlers which included plenty of no balls at the start of the contest, as well as lifelines given to their batsmen. Rajasthan wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler got a lifeline early on and he went on to smack 35 runs from 28 balls with 3 sixes and as many boundaries, whereas the other opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal hit 2 boundaries and a six to make 20 from 16 balls.

The highest score for Rajasthan Royals came from their captain Sanju Samson, who played an aggressive knock of 55 from only 27 balls, hitting 5 sixes and 3 boundaries in the process. 

Playing his first match for his new team Rajasthan Royals, Devdutt Padikkal was also impressive in scoring 41 from 29 balls with 4 boundaries and 2 sixes, whereas the explosive West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer also made most of the opportunity, hitting 32 from only 13 balls with 3 sixes and a couple of boundaries.

Sunrisers Hyderabad used as many as six different bowling options with their express fast bowler Umran Malik being the pick among them. 

The right-arm fast bowler returned with 4-0-39-2, which was the most impressive performance followed by T Natarajan’s, who claimed 2/43 from his 4 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sherfane Rutherford were not so expensive as they returned with 1/29 and 1/33 from their 4 overs respectively. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad were off to a horrific start as they lost plenty of wickets at the start to see their innings being hampered. Kane Williamson fell for 2, Abhishek Sharma had a troublesome outing making 9 from 19 balls whereas Rahul Tripathi and Nicolas Pooran were both dismissed for ducks. 

Markram did well to get some crucial runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad in order to prevent a heavy defeat. The right-handed South Africa batsman cracked 5 fours and 2 sixes to make 57 not out from 41 balls whereas Shepherd made 24 from 18 balls with the help of 2 sixes.

Towards the end, spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar played a  quickfire knock of 40 from 14 balls with the help of 4 boundaries and 2 sixes but the total was always beyond the reach of Sunrisers Hyderabad, who finished at 149/7 from their 20 overs. 

For Rajasthan, Yuzvendra Chahal took 3/22 from his 4 overs as well while the fast bowlers Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna returned with impressive numbers of 2/23 and 2/16 from their 4 overs each.

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