Samad hits last-ball six as Hyderabad stun Rajasthan

Sunrisers Hyderabad's players charge towards Abdul Samad after the dramatic last-ball win over Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on 7 May 2023AFP

Abdul Samad smashed a last-ball six as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down 215 to stun Rajasthan Royals by four wickets in a dramatic Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Sunday.

Needing 17 off the final over, Hyderabad pace bowler Sandeep Sharma witnessed Samad get dropped on the first ball and then got him caught on the sixth delivery which turned out to be a no ball which abruptly cut short Rajasthan’s victory celebrations.

With another four needed to win on the final ball, and three to take the game into the super over, Hyderabad had the last laugh as Samad smashed a straight six in his seven-ball 17.

Hyderabad slipped to 174-5 when New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips turned the game on its head with a seven-ball 25 that infused life into the chase.

Phillips had come into the Hyderabad team for the under-performing big England buy Harry Brook while England’s Joe Root played his first game of the season for Rajasthan.

The victory was set up by key knocks from Abhishek Sharma (55), Rahul Tripathi (47) and Heinrich Klaasen (26) in the team’s highest ever chase in IPL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Rahul Tripathi reacts after his dismissal

Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling figures of 4-29 went in vain after he picked up key wickets including two in one over.

Rajasthan posted 214-2 after a destructive second-wicket stand of 138 between Jos Buttler, who smashed 95 off 59 deliveries, and skipper Sanju Samson, who hit a 38-ball 66.

Buttler started slowly with his first 20 coming at run-a-ball but soon changed gears to bring up his fifty.

Seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar denied Buttler his century to get him out lbw, but Samson finished off the innings in a 17-run over.

In the first match of the day, Hardik Pandya got the better of his big brother Krunal as holders Gujarat Titans thrashed Lucknow Super Giants by 56 runs.

In the first ever IPL match with two teams captained by brothers, Lucknow’s Krunal won the toss and elected to field at the world’s biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

Gujarat Titans' captain Hardik Pandya and his Lucknow Super Giants' counterpart Krunal Pandya smile during the toss before the start of the Indian Premier League match between Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 7 May 2023

The brothers joked and hugged at the start but things turned serious when a destructive opening stand of 142 between Wriddhiman Saha (81) and Shubman Gill (94 not out) powered Gujarat to their highest ever IPL total of 227-2.

Lucknow put up a spirited reply with Kyle Mayers (48) and Quinton de Kock (70) leading the charge but they ended on 171-7 to allow Gujarat to consolidate their top spot in the 10-team table.