Playing their first match minus ex-skipper David Warner and under new captain Kane Williamson, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) did not have a change in luck as they went down to Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 55 runs in match 28 of IPL 2021 in Delhi. After losing the toss and being sent into bat, RR hammered a mammoth 220 for 3 in their 20 overs. SRH were never in the hunt in the chase and ended up making on 165 for 8. Following SRH’s hammering at the hands of RR, we analyze three reasons why Hyderabad went down in the match.
- Buttler was too good on the day
There are some days when you just need to doff your hat to an opposition player and say well played. It was that kind of a day for SRH. Jos Buttler played an incredible knock, smashing 124 in only 64 balls. He found the boundaries with ease and hit 11 fours and eight sixes during his spectacular innings. Everything SRH tried against Buttler fell flat on the day. He crunched short balls and clobbered slower ones. Buttler even reached out to balls that were not in his zone and found the fence. His talent was on display to the full.
SRH’s bowling figures can easily tell the story of Buttler’s domination. Sandeep Sharma was smashed for 50 in his four overs, Vijay Shankar went for 42 in his three while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed conceded 37 and 41 in their four overs respectively. It was only Rashid Khan, with figures of 1 for 24, who could maintain a semblance of control over the RR innings. As for the rest, they are came second best to Buttler carnage.
- Dropped catches and missed chances
Apart from having a bad day with the ball, SRH were disappointing in the field as well. Buttler could have been trapped lbw on a reverse sweep off Rashid. However, they did not have a review to overturn a not-out decision. Replays indicated that the ball would have gone on to hit the leg-stump. A couple of balls later, Vijay Shankar completely misjudged a catch at long-on. Buttler tried to hit Rashid out of the ground, but could not get to the pitch of the ball. He sliced the ball up in the air, but Shankar was caught in two minds over whether to go for the catch or hang back. In the end, he put in a dive, but it was too late.
At the other end, Manish Pandey also dropped a catch of Samson. The RR captain mistimed Sandeep Sharma to long-off, but the fielder grassed the chance. Samson went on to make 48 and featured in a massive partnership with Buttler. Had SRH taken their chances things could have different. As it turned out, they did not and RR eventually posted a mammoth 220 for 3. It proved to be too big a mountain in the end for SRH.
- No big knock in the chase for SRH
If they wanted to chase down the total, SRH needed at least a couple of players to score big. The top three got starts but no one carried on. Manish Pandey got 31, Jonny Bairstow 30 and skipper Kane Williamson 20. It was never going to be enough in a big chase. The weakness in the middle-order again came to the fore as the likes of Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav and Mohammad Nabi all fell cheaply. SRH never got into any position in the chase and, in the end, it wasn’t surprising that they fell way short.