Shreyas Gopal gave Rajasthan Royals their first breakthrough against Sunrisers Hyderabad as he dismissed Kane Williamson in the powerplay. @BCCI

After put in to bat by Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) lost skipper Kane Williamson and but still managed to go past fifty in the powerplay in the 45th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.

SRH started the proceedings with a five-run first ball, courtesy a Liam Livingstone overthrow off Varun Aaron’s bowling. Livingstone faltered again in the second over and conceded two extra runs after having a needless go at the stumps.

If this was not enough, Aaron let one go through his legs in the same over as Oshane Thomas went on to concede seven runs off his first two balls.

Fortunately for RR, amidst all the below-par showings in the field, Shreyas Gopal gave them their first breakthrough as he dismissed the SRH skipper for 13 in the fourth over. The right-hander failed to read the googly and was out bowled.

Manish Pandey, who had scored an unbeaten 83 in his previous game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), then joined Warner in the middle as the two made sure that SRH did not lose any more wickets in the powerplay.

While SRH lost Williamson, they still managed to keep the scoreboard ticking and scored 51 runs in the first six overs.

Earlier, SRH made as many as six changes to the playing XI with Wriddhiman Saha returning to the playing XI. RR, meanwhile, made two changes to their team as Livingstone and Ashton Turner replaced Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the playing XI.

Teams:

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Steven Smith (captain), Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Kane Williamson (captain), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed