Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
Hyderabad secured their first win of the season in a high-scoring contest

Game 8 of Indian T20 League between Rajasthan and Hyderabad was a run-fest with both set of batsmen displaying batting masterclass. (READ: Warner, Bairstow trump Samson, Rahane as Hyderabad beat Rajasthan)

Here are the highlights of the match

Samson reminds of his class

Sanju Samson has been time and again touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. He has on occasion proved that point. Friday night was another one of those times when the Kerala batsman showed his immense talent, dazzling the capacity crowd that had gathered at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. He walked in to bat at No. 3 when Rashid Khan had outfoxed Jos Buttler in the Powerplay. A streaky edge of the first-ball he faced from Rashid rolled away to the boundary. But that wasn’t an indication of what was in store – a six off Shahbaz Nadeem in the seventh over set in motion one of the memorable hundreds in the history of the league. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bore the brunt of the assault in the 18th and 19th overs in which Samson clubbed him for seven fours and a six to reach an unbeaten century his second in IPL to power Rajasthan to a mammoth 198/2. He clattered 10 fours and a six in his 55-ball 102.

Warner goes hammer and tongs

On any other day, Samson’s magnificent century would have hogged the limelight. And it did for some time before David Warner unleashed a flurry of boundaries during an imposing innings that set the base for what turned out to be a comfortable chase. He struck a four off Hyderabad’s first ball of the chase before depositing the fourth delivery into the cow corner for a six. He spared no one. Ben Stokes was hammered for four fours in an over as SRH raced to 69/0 in Powerplay. It was Stokes who would put an end to his innings in the 10th over but by then the Australian had done the damage He had blasted 69 off 37 with nine fours and two sixes in a century stand for the opening wicket.

Shankar maintains tempo

Warner and his opening partner Jonny Bairstow departed in successive overs. Vijay Shankar was sent in at No. 4 and he ensured the momentum was maintained. A couple to deep point got him off the mark before a pull to deep square leg region off the next gave him his first boundary. Dhawal Kulkarni bowled short and Shankar blasted him over long-on boundary for a biggie. The medium-pacer varied his face, bowled a slower one and Shankar picked it up early, pulling it over mid-wicket boundary for the second six in the over. He struck 35 off 14 before falling to Shreyas Gopal in the 16th over.

Gopal gives Rajasthan hope

While the contest was a battle between the batsmen, two bowlers stood out both legspinners. For Hyderabad, Rashid took 1/24 from four overs. However, it was Shreyas Gopal of Rajasthan who turned out to be the best bowler of the night. His first two overs resulted in 21 runs but it were his last two that gave Rajasthan some hope. Despite proving expensive, Rahane continued to bowl him unchanged for a third straight over. He rewarded his captain with the scalp of Jonny Bairstow, who was dropped in the previous over. He was then taken off and slotted back in the 16th over with Hyderabad needing just 34 off the final five overs. He struck in consecutive deliveries to remove Shankar and Manish Pandey (1) while allowing just four runs. And finished with figures of 3/27.

Rashid adds the finishing touch

Rashid Khan gave another example of his all-round skills, taking his team home in rather comfortable fashion. Needing 12 off 12, Rashid eased nerves in nonchalant manner, hammering Jofra Archer, one of the best death-overs bowlers in T20 cricket, for a four through covers. And then when Archer tested him with yet another yorker, sent the ball soaring into the night sky for a six as Hyderabad overhauled the target with a full over to spare. Rashid remained unbeaten on 15 off 8.