The Rajasthan Royals put up an all-round show on Tuesday to register their first win of IPL 2022. Sanju Samson and co defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 61 runs at the MCA Stadium in Pune

With the win, RR became the first side to defend a target successfully in the 2022 season. 

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The 2008 champions put up a mammoth 210-run first innings total, skipper Samson leading the way with a quick half-century. With the ball, RR picked early wickets made the going tougher for Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers. 

For Rajasthan, Yuzvendra Chahal came back with three wickets as Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult picked two each. 

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Except for Aiden Markram and Washington Sundar, no Hyderabad batsman could make much of a difference. With the required run rate taking long jumps with every passing over, Markram played a 57-run hand in 41 balls with the help of five boundaries and one six. Sundar scored a quickfire 40 in 14 balls. 

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In the first innings, Samson led from the front with a scintillating 27-ball 55. He and Devdutt Padikkal (41 off 29 balls; 4×4; 6×2) added 73 runs for the third wicket off 41 balls, before Shimron Hetmyer used his brute power to clobber 32 in only 13 deliveries and take RR past 200.

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Put into bat, Royals opener Jos Buttler, on zero, survived courtesy a no ball. Buttler (35) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (20) then gave the side a flying start, stitching a 58-run stand to lay the foundation for a big total.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Umran Malik and T Natarajan came back with two wickets as Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Romario Shepherd got one each.