IPL 2018: Shikhar Dhawan hits fifty as Sunrisers Hyderabad register easy win over Rajasthan Royals

Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 77 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) thrashed Rajasthan Royals (RR) by nine wickets in their opening game of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Monday.

cricket Updated: Apr 09, 2018 23:39 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Bihan Sengupta
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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Shikhar Dhawan in action during match four of the Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. (PTI)

There are a few things that are simply not permitted in T20 cricket. For example, dropping catches of Shikhar Dhawan. The southpaw had his lucky reprieve in the very first over, with Ajinkya Rahane letting one down at first slip, and then went in to his zone with a mini-blitz, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. (SRH vs RR HIGHLIGHTS)

Chasing a paltry 126 set by Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad were off to a flying start despite the fall of Wriddhiman Saha in the second over. Dhawan took off from where he had left last season, slamming nine boundaries to reach the half-century mark and a towering six over third man. (SRH vs RR SCORES)

While the first edge had nearly cost him his wicket, the second went flying over Rahane for his first boundary. And the carnage began. He hammered a length ball off Dhawal Kulkarni through the cover point region and then lifted him over third man to make his intentions clear.

Meanwhile, his skipper was also in a similar mood and replicated it at the other end. The hosts reached 50 in just 5.3 overs and were in no mood to curb their style. Bringing in ben Stokes also didn’t help Royals much as he went for 11 off the first over, with Dhawan slamming two back to back boundaries.

He brought up his half-century in fine style, slapping a Stokes delivery to the point boundary as Sunrisers registered their first win of the season.

First Published: Apr 09, 2018 23:21 IST