IPL 2021: Jason Roy smashes half-century on SRH debut

Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jason Roy on Monday slammed his maiden fifty in IPL on his SRH debut. He dominated the Rajasthan Royals bowlers to score fifty off just 36 balls comprising 6 fours and a six. The England batsman had replaced out of form David Warner and he didn’t disappoint.

He also shared a crucial fifty runs partnership with Wriddhiman Saha for the opening wicket. He followed it with another partnership with skipper Kane Williamson. Jason Roy’s excellent performance means he is likely to open for SRH in the remaining matches putting a question mark on David Warner in playing XI.

During the post-match presentation, the Englishman said: “Makes me extremely happy. Really thankful and grateful for Sunrisers for the opportunity. I’m extremely happy and even more so because we got over the line.”

“He (Saha) was instrumental in that partnership, allowed me to relax a little bit and really happy with that. We obviously had a tough tournament, but to come out and play like that with a smile on the face, we gotta keep our feet grounded and keep doing the right things,” Roy added.

  • Roy has now solved opening woes for SRH in IPL 2021. The swashbuckling batsman delivered in IPL from the word GO.
  • He went on to score 60 runs off 42 deliveries at a strike rate of 142 against Rajasthan Royals.
  • He is likely to open in the remaining matches as SRH looks to improve their tally in IPL 2021 Points Table.
  • SRH has already crashed out of the playoffs race with 8 losses in the ongoing IPL season.

SRH skipper Kane Williamson reached his fifty after scoring back-to-back boundaries in the penultimate over of the match, and also completed the run-chase with minimum fuss.

Kane Williamson said: “It’s a good feeling, some real clarity in roles as well and it’s nice to be back to winning ways. There were a couple of periods of play that were quite significant and we closed nicely with the ball and to get off the start with the bat like that and it was never easy, had to weather some storms with the ball holding up. It’s nice to finish with a win.”

“Any team he comes in he (Roy) brings that, did what he does take the game and it’s nice to see him do well. Nice contribution for him. A couple of days now between games, important for us to recover and we have to adapt and make some adjustments. Always a tough team to beat and for us it’s about to worry about our game and play with that smile on the face,” he added.

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