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Win the toss, bowl first, win the match? Nah. Say hello to defending totals! 


Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals - 210/6 (20 overs) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad - 149/7 (20 overs) by 61 runs.


Runs in full force, wickets aplenty, a strong Net Run Rate, 2 crucial points, loud cheers from the stands and the first Royal captain Shane Warne in remembrance - there couldn’t have been a more perfect night for the Royals, who began their IPL 2022 campaign with a bang. The MCA Stadium in Pune promised an exhilarating and even contest between bat and ball. And that’s exactly what it delivered. 


Captain Sanju Samson led from the front with a stylish half-century, with valuable contributions from the rest of the batting order, as the Royals registered the highest first-innings total of this season so far. It was followed up with an even better bowling performance, thanks to our new-ball pace duo and the ever-present Yuzvendra Chahal.


The green tinge of grass on the surface offered a fair bit of movement to pacers early on in the innings, but that’s when the Sunrisers faltered. A barrage of no-balls in the Powerplay, including two reprieves to the dangerous Jos Buttler, made matters worse. Along with Yashasvi Jaiswal, Buttler stitched a 50-plus opening stand, setting a strong foundation for the batters to follow. From there on, the Sunrisers weren’t really able to make any inroads as the pressure continued to build. 


Their chase didn’t start off on the right note either, with captain Kane Williamson walking back as early as in the 2nd over. Trent Boult kept the pressure on from one end, which helped the likes of Prasidh Krishna and Chahal to attack from the other side. Half-centurion Aiden Markram tried to revive their hopes towards the end with some support from the lower order, but it was too late by then.


Here are the key moments from the match:


The Sanju-Padikkal Show




With Jaiswal and Buttler back in the hut in a span of 3 overs, it was over to the Royals captain to take control, and Samson wasted no time in getting off the mark. His pacy knock of 55 came in just 27 balls, featuring 3 fours and 5 sixes. He was joined by Devdutt Padikkal at the other end, whose debut in Pink was full of visual delight. If it wasn’t for Umran Malik knocking off the timber, Padikkal would’ve posed some serious trouble for the Sunrisers. His 29-ball 41 was laced with beautiful textbook shots - 4 fours, 2 sixes and some picture-perfect poses that he held for the cameras.


Sensational Skiddy at his best