Not just the batting partnerships but bowling partnerships also are crucial in winning cricket matches. And there was also another sort of partnership on the field, Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson and Devdutt Padikkal combining to remove the dangerous New Zealander, Kane Williamson, in the second over Sunrisers Hyderabad run chase.
On a Pune pitch that had no demons on it and promised a lot of runs, only Rajasthan Royals made the most of it on Tuesday. Their batsmen had three major partnerships, openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler raising 58 for the first wicket, Samson and Padikkal adding 73 for the third and 44 for the fifth between Shimron Hetmeyer and Riyan Parag.
And, when it came to Sunrisers Hyderabad chasing 211, which was not an impossibility, RR opening bowlers Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna ensured that SRH did not have a good start to the tall target.
When chasing at a required run rate of 10.55 an over, you need explosive starts. But, SRH were nowhere in it as Boult and Krishna combined to concede only 14 runs in the first six overs.