“Most Underrated Player”: Internet Explodes As Sanju Samson Slams 52-Ball-82 For Rajasthan Royals


Sanju Samson once again made a strong start to his IPL campaign with a blistering unbeaten 82 as Rajasthan Royals scored 193 for four against Lucknow Super Giants in their season opener on Sunday. Royals captain Samson hit half a dozen sixes along with three fours in his 52-ball innings, which was replete with brilliant hitting to all parts of the ground. His innings provided both encouragement and stability to Rajasthan Royals after two setbacks in the powerplay. Riyan Parag (43, 29 balls, 1 four, 3 sixes) also played his role well and strengthened his team by making a partnership of 93 runs for the third wicket. Royals' batting was good in their opening game.

If Samson appeared to be in his usual element, playing strokes that make him a compelling watch, Parag looked calm in his approach, and pounced on every opportunity that came his way.

Having been a little cautious early on, Parag's first big hit came in the ninth over when he hit his first six off Yash Thakur over mid-on, while Samson added two more runs off the last two balls to take him to 21.

Parag also got a lease of life on 29 when the ball bounced off Ravi Bishnoi, but Mohsin Khan failed to catch the ball despite having enough time to catch it and position himself.

Parag's innings ended in the 15th over when, having already hit Naveen-ul-Haq for a four and a six, the right-handed batsman went for a pull shot, but the substitute fielder (Deepak Hooda) hit the top-edge to deep square leg. Reached near.

While Shimron Hetmyer (5) could not trouble the scorers much, Dhruv Jurel remained unbeaten on 20 off 12 balls with one six and one four.

However, none of this would have happened if Krunal Pandya (4-0-19-0) had not collided with non-striker Samson while trying to take a soft return catch given by Parag.

Earlier in the start, Yashasvi Jaiswal made his intentions clear to lead the fight for the Royals, who lost Jos Buttler in the second over, by hitting some attractive fours.

The English wicketkeeper-batsman hit two fours early on, but was outclassed by Naveen-ul-Haq (2/41), who teased Buttler (11 off 9 balls) with a fuller drive that got him an outside edge. ,

Despite other wicketkeepers in the team like Quinton de Kock and Nicholas Pooran, standing behind the wicket, KL Rahul made a difficult dive and took the catch cleanly.

On a pitch that looked a little slow initially, Mohsin (1/45) did well to surprise Jaiswal with a sharp short ball, which the left-hander tried to pull, but was caught for 12- Played towards mid-on. Hit three fours and a six in ball 24.

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