Rajasthan Royals’ captain Sanju Samson made a blockbuster start to his campaign in the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League as he registered an excellent half-century against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.
Sanju Samson Played A Stunning Knock
After Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and chose to bowl first, Rajasthan made a flying start to the game as the opening pair of Jos Butler and Yashasvi Jaiswal formed a brilliant partnership. Together they added 85 runs in the first six overs, which turned out to be RR’s highest-ever score in a powerplay and the sixth-highest of any team in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Buttler resumed from where he left off the last season as he played a stunning knock of 54 runs, smashing 7 fours and 3 sixes.
After Buttler’s wicket, Yashasvi Jaiswal kept the side going before Samson also came into the act and took the game by storm with his amazing knock of 55 runs off 32 balls. His knock was laced with 3 fours and 4 sixes.
Samson Surpassed Virat Kohli In This Unique Record
With his stunning knock, Samson added his name in the record books by becoming the first player to achieve the unique feat of scoring 700 runs against SRH in IPL history. Samson surpassed the Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli in this record.
Samson is now the first and the only player (so far) to hit more than 600 runs against the Hyderabad-based franchise.
Most runs in IPL history against SRH
Sanju Samson – 725
Virat Kohli – 569
Shane Watson – 566
AB de Villiers – 540
Ambati Rayudu – 540
Talking about the game, riding on the stellar knocks of Sanju Samson (55 off 32), Jos Buttler (54 off 22), and Yashasvi Jasiwal (54 off 37), Rajasthan Royals posted a big total of 203 runs for 5 against SunRisers Hyderabad.
Later, chasing a huge target of 204 runs, SRH was off to a disastrous start. Veteran pacer Trent Boult stole the show with the ball as he proved why he is hailed so highly as he dismissed Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi even before they could open their accounts in the very first over of their chase.
SRH just could not recover from this setback in the first over. Mayank Agarwal (27), Harry Brook (13), and Glenn Phillips (8) failed to deliver with the bat as SRH kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Eventually, Rajasthan Royals won their campaign opener match against SunRisers Hyderabad by 72 runs.