SunRisers Hyderabad, led by their new captain, Kane Williamson, slumped to their sixth defeat in IPL 2021 as Rajasthan Royals’ 220 proved to be too much in Delhi. Jos Buttler’s onslaught en route to his maiden T20 century flattened the SunRisers Hyderabad, who kept losing wickets regularly in a steep chase without much momentum. Kane Williamson was all praises for Jos Buttler’s incredible batting display and kept the idea open of David Warner’s return to the side.
SunRisers Hyderabad leggie Rashid Khan showed Yashasvi Jaiswal the way out in the third over of the innings after conceding three boundaries. Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson – both of who got reprieves punished the opposition for that by threading a 150-run stand. Samson perished in the 17th over of the innings and Buttler reached triple figures shortly after that. The centurion fell in the last second over for 124, with David Miller smashing a last-ball six to finish the innings in style.
Barring the opening partnership of 57 between Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow, SunRisers Hyderabad did not offer much promise to reach the target. Pandey was the first to go, followed by Bairstow holing out to Anuj Rawat at long-on. Kane Williamson picked Chris Morris for 20 at deep mid-wicket in the 13th over, delivering Kartik Tyagi his first wicket of IPL 2021. Kedar Jadhav, Nabi, and Samad all hit a few sixes; however, it was nowhere enough as they fell 55 runs short.
Exceptional batting from Rajasthan: Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson admitted that Jos Buttler was outstanding as Rajasthan Royals bowled exceptionally well and they needed a few things to go their way. The 30-year old revealed that he wanted Rashid Khan to bowl as many deliveries since Buttler and Sanju Samson are key wickets. Williamson sees the defeat as a learning curve and admired the Royals’ batting display and conceded they have to build on a few things. As for David Warner, Kane Williamson hinted that they will have conversations about his return and kept the idea open.
“It was a tough day and a very competitive total from Rajasthan. Jos was outstanding and had his day out. With the bat, you need a few things to go your way. For us, we’ve had a number of challenges over the last three weeks, but we keep fronting up and make adjustments. Jos and Sanju are key threats in their side, so we wanted to bowl Rashid to bowl as many deliveries to them as possible. It’s character-building for us. Fine margins and this game can change quickly. Exceptional batting from Rajasthan, but we need to build on a few things. A number of leaders in the group and it’s important we stay right. He’s a world-class player and I’m sure a number of conversations will be had [Will Warner be back in the XI at some point?],” Williamson told in the post-match presentation.