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IPL 2018 highlights, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals: Dhawan 77*, SRH crush RR by nine wickets

Get highlights of Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018, Uppal stadium here. Shikhar Dhawan’s 29th fifty helped SRH crush RR by nine wickets.

cricket Updated: Apr 10, 2018 17:52 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Shikhar Dhawan blasted his 29th IPL fifty as Sunrisers Hyderabad crushed Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets. Get highlights of Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals here.(BCCI)

Shikhar Dhawan’s magnificent 29th fifty and his 120-run stand with Kane Williamson helped Sunrisers Hyderabad crush Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets to get their Indian Premier League 2018 campaign off to a magnificent start. Dhawan’s knock complimented the earlier efforts of the bowlers, with Siddarth Kaul’s 2/17 helping them restrict Rajasthan Royals to 125/9, an under-par score on this wicket. Get highlights of Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018, Uppal Stadium here (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)

23:30 hrs IST: That is all we have from here. Join us tomorrow for the clash between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

23:27 hrs IST: Shikjhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: I enjoy playing long innings. It benefits the team, it benefits me. Trying to stretch the good form as long as possible and score big runs for as long as I can. I’ve been playing more aggressively since South Africa series and the Sri Lanka series, and not just in this IPL

23:22 hrs IST: Kane Williamson: No doubt we missed Warner. He’s been a fantastic player for a lot of years. Good to see everyone stepping up. Guys were great on field and all did their roles well. It was nice to see people step up well with bat and ball. All the bowlers certainly played their part. We got wickets at key parts but it was important we fielded well. We took some really good catches.

23:16 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane: We thought 126 was on the lower side. When we were batting we thought 160 would be a great total. We did quite well as a bowling unit, but the Sunrisers were excellent with the ball. Sanju (Samson) and I tried to back our game but lost too many wickets in the middle, and that’s where we lost the game. I think the lack of one big partnership is what cost us. Even one partnership would have given us a more competitive total. I’m very unhappy with the dropped catch.

23:07 hrs IST: Yes, he can. Short ball from Dhawal Kulkarni and Dhawan blasts the pull to the deep mid wicket fence. Emphatic win for Sunrisers Hyderabad. They crush Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets. Merciless.

23:01 hrs IST: Right, three runs needed in five overs. Can Dhawan score the winning runs?

22:54 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad need just 12 now as Dhawan looks to drive Short, he misses it and even Jos Buttler fails to collect it. This will be a punishing win for the hosts.

22:51 hrs IST: Dhawan brings up the 100-run partnership by pulling D’Arcy Short to the deep mid wicket fence for his 12th boundary. Merciless is ‘The One’.

22:49 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad cross 100 in just the 12th over. They need only 23 off 48 balls. This has been a thorough performance.

22:46 hrs IST: FOUR - That has been blasted by Kane Williamson down the ground. Gopal floated the delivery on middle stump and the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper danced down the track to hammer it straight down the ground.

22:43 hrs IST: Bizarre review by Rajasthan Royals for an LBW against Dhawan. There was clear bat and it looked like it pitched outside leg stump.

22:40 hrs IST: Dhawan’s fifty came off 33 balls and it included 10 fours and a six. Great start to the 2018 IPL for Gabbar and this will bode well for the side who are missing their gun batsman in David Warner.

22:37 hrs IST: 29th fifty for Shikhar Dhawan. Brilliant stuff from the left-hander. This is carnage from Sunrisers Hyderabad.

22:35 hrs IST: A much better over from Shreyas Gopal but Rajasthan Royals look deflated. Sunrisers Hyderabad are cruising.

22:29 hrs IST: Rajasthan Royals continue to leak runs. Dhawan nails a pull shot to the deep mid wicket fence and then glances a full ball to the fine leg fence as he nears a fifty.

22:25 hrs IST: Poor start from Shreyas Gopal. Short ball and Dhawan clobbers the pull to the deep mid wicket fence. Next ball, he top-edges the pull but it lands safely.

22:21 hrs IST: Dhawan and Williamson are absolutely tearing Rajasthan Royals apart as they find the boundaries at will. After six overs, Sunrisers Hyderabad are 57/1.

22:15 hrs IST: Quality batting from Dhawan. He glances a flatter ball to the fine leg fence while he drives a wide ball past the gap at point.

22:12 hrs IST: Supreme shot from Williamson. Short ball and he nails the pull shot, sails way back into the stands at deep mid wicket. The timing was simply magnificent. Sunrisers are motoring along now.

22:10 hrs IST: Classy way to get off the mark. Slightly short and close to the off stump, Williamson carves the drive past the gap at backward point for a boundary.

22:06 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan has started off like a train. He slams a full ball from Dhawal Kulkarni to deep extra cover while on the last ball, he upper-cuts a six to third man. Incredibly, this is the first six of the match.

22:00 hrs IST: OUT! Unadkat removes Saha as SRH lose an early wicket in their chase.

21:41 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish and Rajasthan Royals have ended on 125/9 after 20 overs. Way below par on this deck, but you never know with the Uppal wicket. It did look two paced.

21:35 hrs IST: WICKET - A run-out to compound Rajasthan Royals’ woes. Jaydev Unadkat is caught short by a long way as Saha demolishes the stumps. Jaydev Unadkat run-out (Saha) 1 (2).

21:32 hrs IST: WICKET - Full ball from Bhuvneshwar and Shreyas Gopal lofts it to long on without any timing, end result, it is caught by the fielder on the edge of the ropes. Shreyas Gopal c Yusuf Pathan b Bhuveshwar 18 (18).

21:25 hrs IST: WICKET - Rashid Khan gets Jos Buttler and Sunrisers are simply dominant. The quicker legbreak and Buttler inside-edges the pull back onto his stumps. Jos Buttler b Rashid Khan 6 (9).

21:22 hrs IST: Gopal gets another boundary as he crunches a full ball from Bhuvneshwar to the deep extra cover fence. Rajasthan Royals need a lot more of these hits.

21:17 hrs IST: Rashid Khan is having an off day. He lures Gopal with an edge and it goes to the third man fence. Jos Buttler is the key for Royals now.

21:12 hrs IST: WICKET - Rajasthan Royals are in deeper trouble now. Short ball from Kaul and Gowtham can only fend it to Saha who does the rest. K Gowtham c Saha b Kaul 0 (2).

21:04 hrs IST: WICKET - No fifty for Sanju Samson. Shakib gets this delivery to breaks away outside off, Samson comes down the track and mistimes it to deep cover, Rashid Khan runs forward and takes the catch. Sanju Samson c Rashid Khan b Shakib Al Hasan 49 (42).

21:03 hrs IST: WICKET - Rahul Tripathi’s charmed life continues. Flighted ball from Shakib and the batsman toe-ends it to long on. Rahul Tripathi c Pandey b Shakib 17 (15).

21:00 hrs IST: Rahul Tripathi survives an LBW on review and the upper-cut just lands in front of Stanlake at third man.

20:54 hrs IST: Tripathi breaks the shackles with two fours off Rashid Khan. Rajasthan Royals need to score in excess of 150 to have a chance.

20:52 hrs IST: Stanlake finishes his quota. 4-0-29-1. Pace with some control, very impressive from the Australian pacer.

20:48 hrs IST: Eight runs off the 10th over. RR 71/3 and Samson is nearing a fifty.

20:41 hrs IST: WICKET - Bad shot. The pressure was building. Length ball outside off, Stokes mistimes the lofted shot and is caught at long on by Williamson. Ben Stokes c Williamson b Stanlake 5 (8).

20:36 hrs IST: Rashid Khan concedes just one run in his first over. He almost had Sanju Samson inside-edging back onto the stumps.

20:31 hrs IST: WICKET - That is a big wicket. Siddarth Kaul bowls a full ball on the pads and Rahane flicks it to deep mid wicket, but Rashid Khan runs to his left and takes a sliding catch. Ajinkya Rahane c Rashid Khan b Siddarth Kaul 13 (13).

20:25 hrs IST: Samson is looking in great touch. Flighted ball on the pads from Shakib and the batsman hoicks it to deep mid wicket for a boundary.

20:22 hrs IST: Couple of leading edges help Rajasthan Royals. Samson looks to work this 140+ legcutter to mid wicket but gets a leading edge that flies to the deep backward point fence. Stanlake’s pace working against him.

20:20 hrs IST: Rahane controls the upper cut to the third man fence as he uses Stanlake’s pace well. At the other end, Sanju Samson is finding this a bit too hot to handle.

20:17 hrs IST: Rahane gets going by dancing down the track to Shakib Al Hasan and drilling him inside out over extra cover for a boundary. After four overs, the Royals are 27/1.

20:12 hrs IST: Sanju Samson gets going with a couple of boundaries, one an edge to third man and a flick past mid wicket. Rajasthan Royals need to build momentum.

20:11 hrs IST: Billy Stanlake was bowling in excess of 145 kmph in his first over. Raw pace and Rajasthan Royals need to be careful.

20:05 hrs IST: WICKET - Excellent fielding from Kane Williamson the skipper. D’Arcy Short pushes this full ball to mid off but Williamson scores a direct hit at the bowler’s end. D’Arcy Short run out (Williamson) 4 (4).

20:01 hrs IST: Superb way to get off the mark on his IPL debut. Full ball curving back in, D’Arcy Short flicks it to deep square leg.

19:58 hrs IST: Right, we are all set to start. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling. Ajinkya Rahane and D’Arcy Short will open the batting.

19:38 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs for both sides

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

19:34 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad have chosen to bowl vs Rajasthan Royals. Ben Laughlin, D’Arcy Short, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are the four overseas for Rajasthan Royals. For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake and Kane Williamson.

19:25 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad have a far more potent bowling attack than the Rajasthan Royals, but do not discount Rahane’s side. It looks like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, all three England players could feature in today’s clash

19:16 hrs IST: For Rajasthan Royals, it has been a bittersweet introduction back into the IPL. After being suspended for two years, before a ball could be bowled, they lost Steve Smith due to the ball-tampering scandal.

19:05 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. Both teams have been plagued by off-field issues. Both teams are led by new captains. Both teams have lost impact players in the form of Steve Smith and David Warner. Both captains are the nicest people that you can meet. IPL 2018 is a new beginning for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.

Besides the absence of Warner, the only dilemma that might bother Sunrisers is the happy headache of problem of plenty. A major reason why the side made it to the semifinal stages last season was because of a power-packed opening pair of Warner and Shikhar Dhawan who had two century stands to their name.

With all-rounders like Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al-Hasan, Yusuf Pathan and Mohammad Nabi, they have a packed middle-order besides the likes of Manish Pandey, Tanmay Agarwal and Deepak Hooda to carry on the carnage. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad will be expected to get a boost from Alex Hales, who is David Warner’s replacement. The England opener had a lengthy practice session and he could start the game.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the bowling unit and will have the likes of Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma for. However, Rashid Khan, the leading spin-bowler in Twenty20s, will be the team’s X-factor

Rajasthan Royals resemble a semi-reincarnation of Rising Pune Supergiant. With the exception of Smith, the former champions have Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat and Ankit Sharma from the erstwhile Pune franchise. While Smith won’t be around, the loss is perhaps not as great as that of Warner.

First Published: Apr 09, 2018 17:37 IST