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In the past we have seen several factors interrupting the game. From rain, animals, technical failures and even sunlight has stopped the game on several occasions. But on Friday, the IPL game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals was briefly halted due to a never-seen-before factor.
In what can be called a bizarre scene, a pizza delivery guy halted play for a very brief period during the game at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. The incident occurred during the first innings when Rajasthan Royals were were placed at 101 for 1. Sanju Samson was on strike against Vijay Shankar who started his spell in the 12th over.
On the fifth ball of the over, Samson stopped Shankar mid-way through his run-up as he saw the pizza guy walk into his eye line thus, forcing him to pull out. Even the commentators could not help but have some fun at the hilarious incident.
Here is a clip of that incident:
When pizza delivery boy halted play https://t.co/fAPyJz7S9S
— Anpadh educated (@PRINCE3758458) March 30, 2019
Talking about the game, the Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets to open their account this season. Batting first, the Royals piled up 198 for 2 with Samson leading the charge with an unbeaten ton.
After losing Jos Buttler early, Samson and skipper Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship/ The two shared 119 runs for the second wicket before Rahane departed after scoring 70.
Samson, however, went on make full use of the start. He slammed 24 runs in the 18th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to race away to 85 from 61 in a space of six balls. The right-hander went on to complete his century in the final over, helping Royals post a daunting total of 198 for 2.
In reply, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow fired on all cylinders right from the word go. By the time the powerplay ended, the Sunrisers had raced away to 69 for no loss. Warner reached his fifty in just 29 deliveries and was showing no signs of slowing down.
The partnership reached 100 in just nine overs. Ben Stokes then gave the Royals the much-needed breakthrough in the tenth over by dismissing Warner. In the next over, Shreyas Gopal dismissed Bairstow to reduce the Sunrisers to 117 for 2 from 110 for no loss. The Sunrisers Hyderabad eventually chased down the total with an over remaining.