Sanju Samson’s hundred and Ajinkya Rahane’s 70-run knock went in vain as David Warner and Jonny Bairstow blitz powered hometeam Hyderabad to a five-wicket win against Rajasthan. @BCCI/PTI

Sanju Samson’s hundred and Ajinkya Rahane’s 70-run knock went in vain as David Warner and Jonny Bairstow blitz powered hometeam Hyderabad to a five-wicket win against Rajatshan in the eighth match of the Indian T20 League 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. (Hyderabad vs Rajasthan: AS IT HAPPENED)

Chasing 199, Warner-Bairstow enthralled the crowd as the two put up a 110-run stand for the opening wicket in just 58 balls before the left-hander was dismissed for 69 off 37 balls by Ben Stokes. The Australian, whose one-year suspension – in the wake of the ball tampering scandal – from state and international cricket, came to an end on Friday hit 9 fours and 2 sixes while Bairstow scored 45 off 28 balls before getting out to Shreyas Gopal.

While the two departed in quick succession, their whirlwind opening partnership made the job easier for the Hyderabad middle-order. Although Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson could only score 14, Vijay Shankar, who has made his case to be in India’s World Cup squad, took off from where Warner and Bairstow had left.

The Indian allrounder scored a quickfire 35 off 15 balls. However, just when it looked that Hyderabad were cruising towards victory, Shreyas Gopal stuck to dismiss Vijay and Manish Pandey on consecutive deliveries to halt Hyderabad’s charge.

However, Yusuf Pathan and Rashid Khan held their nerve and guided Hyderabad to a five-wicket win with an over to spare, with the latter hitting a six to seal Hyderabad’s first win of the season.

Earlier, electing to bat, Rajasthan were in a spot of bother after Rashid struck early to dismiss big-hitting Jos Buttler in the fourth over the match. (ALSO READ: SRH vs RR: The five major talking points)

While Rahane initially struggled to time the ball, Samson managed to get going without much trouble. However, the Rajasthan skipper managed to stay in the middle and opened his shoulder as he and Samson upped the ante.

The Rahane-Samson duo put up a 119-run stand for the second wicket before Rahane was dismissed for 70 off 49 balls in the 16th over off Shahbaz Nadeem.

While Hyderabad would have hoped for a flurry of wickets, Samson dashed that plan and how. The 24-year-old, who received a reprieve in the 17th over after Jonny Bairstow failed to hold onto a running catch, made Hyderabad pay. The right-hander creamed 24 runs off the 18th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, hitting a six and 4 fours to move into the 80s.

While Samson continued to make merry and brought up his and season’s first hundred, Bhuvneshwar, who is India’s key bowlers in the upcoming World Cup, had a night to forget as his last two overs went for 45 runs.

Brief scores: Hyderabad 201/5 (David Warner 69, Jonny Bairstow 45; Shreyas Gopal 3/ 27) beat Rajasthan 198/2 (Sanju Samson 102*, Ajinkya Rahane 70; Rashid Khan 1/24) by five wickets