11.48pm A fantastic start by Sunrisers to begin the season. Clinical all the way through. Pretty much from the outset. RCB's fielding and bowling was far from par. They allowed Sunrisers to get off and running, and they didn't look back. RCB tried valiantly, got a decent start at the top, and kept their momentum through the middle. But Sunrisers just had too much penetration in all departments this evening.

Yuvraj Singh is the Man of the Match: "Every IPL you have to bring something new (haircut). Confidence. When you make a comeback and play well, you gain confidence.You don't have to worry that you have to make a comeback. I'm batting more hours, working on the short ball, the slower ball, hitting in the V. Was a bit lucky today, but have been playing the short ball really well."

David Warner: "Was going to be bit some dew, but fantastic the way the guys batted through the middle. Always mindful in a jam-packed line-up like theirs. Knew we had to negate their partnerships. The Yuvi of old we know."

Shane Watson: "All aspects, we were slightly off, We weren't as tight. Sunrisers got pretty much the same combinations, we are still finding ours. Last man standing, but it's a privilege to lead RCB. The wicket was slow, but very nice. We got plenty of firepower. Got to be better next time."

19.4
W
Cutting to Choudhary, OUT, Chris Jordan makes his appearance in the IPL. A slower short delivery on middle, pulled on the bounce to Jordan at midwicket. He picks up cleanly, and throws the stumps down at the bowler's end as Choudhary sent Chahal back. It's RCB's worst loss - in terms of runs - since April 2013. Not the best way to start the season

YS Chahal run out (sub [Jordan]) 3 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

19.3
6
Cutting to Choudhary, SIX runs, nice way to start your IPL batting career. A bouncer on leg, Choudhary gets a thick top-edge which flies over fine leg for six.
19.2
1
Cutting to Chahal, 1 run, good length delivery on middle, pulled towards midwicket. The fielder gets across and misses the stumps at the bowler's end. Out if he hit.

A fantastic start by Sunrisers. Shows the value of utility players

19.1
0
Cutting to Chahal, no run, good length delivery outside off, pushed away towards point.

END OF OVER:
19 | 9 Runs 1 Wkt | RCB: 165/9 (43 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.68, RRR: 43.00)

  • Yuzvendra Chahal2 (5b)
  • Aniket Choudhary0 (0b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-0-27-2
  • Ashish Nehra4-0-42-2
18.6
1
Kumar to Chahal, 1 run, legcutter on middle, worked to midwicket. A couple of wickets for Bhuvi too, does his job
18.5
W
Kumar to Mills, OUT, very very high in the air, and Warner takes it. A slower delivery on middle and leg, Tymal Mills gets underneath the mow. Soars high, Warner settles underneath and claims the catch.

TS Mills c Warner b Kumar 6 (6m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

18.4
6
Kumar to Mills, SIX runs, smashed for six. Full and wide outside off, Mills unleashes a square drive over point. Way into the stands, Surely a better No. 8 than Aravind

Sid: "Players playing for fantasy points now."

18.3
1
Kumar to Chahal, 1 run, slower ball, nudged down to fine leg for a single
18.2
0
Kumar to Chahal, no run, full and straight, defended to mid-off
18.1
1lb
Kumar to Mills, 1 leg bye, fullish on the middle and leg stumps, looked like a thick inside edge into the pad for a run towards third man

Bhuvi will finish.

END OF OVER:
18 | 2 Runs 2 Wkts | RCB: 156/8 (52 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.66, RRR: 26.00)

  • Yuzvendra Chahal0 (2b)
  • Tymal Mills0 (0b)
  • Ashish Nehra4-0-42-2
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-19-1
17.6
0
Nehra to Chahal, no run, and again. Full and wide, Chahal plays a drive too early and is beaten. Two wickets for Nehra in his spell
17.5
0
Nehra to Chahal, no run, ooh, just past the outside edge. Full and wide outside off, Chahal is beaten on the outside edge

On a hat-trick

17.4
W
Nehra to Aravind, OUT, bowled. Clean through. Araving gives himself room, but Nehra is full and straight. Smashes into leg stump. Zing bails go everywhere. Nehra gets to 100 IPL wickets

S Aravind b Nehra 0 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Tymal Mills.

17.3
W
Nehra to Watson, OUT, that's the game. A full toss on middle and off, the ball moves away in the air. Watson cannot time his heave. Gets a leading edge which hangs in the air for a bit before settling in midwicket's reverse-cupped hands. Simple.

SR Watson c Henriques b Nehra 22 (31m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 129.41

17.2
0
Nehra to Watson, no run, there it is. Turns down the single. A full delivery down leg, Watson misses a sweep. Off the pad towards midwicket
17.1
2
Nehra to Watson, 2 runs, doesn't look quick. A low full toss on middle and leg, swept away to deep square leg. Watson labours back for two

All on Watson now. He may even turn down singles with a No. 8. Not ideal for RCB. Nehra to finish.

END OF OVER:
17 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | RCB: 154/6 (54 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.05, RRR: 18.00)

  • Sreenath Aravind0 (1b)
  • Shane Watson20 (14b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-19-1
  • Ben Cutting3-0-28-0
16.6
0
Kumar to Aravind, no run, full delivery outside off, a swing across the line makes connection with nothing but air.

Bhuvneshwar's death-overs economy rate before today, for SRH, was 8.92. 16 wickets in 23 innings before today.

16.5
W
Kumar to Binny, OUT, this is an easier opportunity and taken. This is lovely bowling. It's a length legcutter on off. The legcutter has some skid, some pace. Binny is hurried on his pull and just bunts a catch to Yuvraj at backward point.

STR Binny c Yuvraj Singh b Kumar 11 (14m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 110.00

16.4
1
Kumar to Watson, 1 run, another wide yorker, outside-edged down to third man for a run
16.3
0
Kumar to Watson, no run, an excellent wide yorker. Just inside the tramline
16.2
1
Kumar to Binny, 1 run, oh phew. Naman Ojha has shelled a sitter. The fielding in this game has been appalling. A slower delivery outside off, Binny's slog results in a leading edge which hangs in the air for quite a bit. Naman shuns everyone away. But gets underneath it and lets it go through
16.1
1
Kumar to Watson, 1 run, a nice yorker outside off, hit up to long-off for a run

57 off 24 balls. I've seen IPL games won from here. Bhuvi to bowl 17 and 19.

Divyanshu: "62 needed of 27. Exactly what Yuvraj made of same number of deliveries."

END OF OVER:
16 | 12 Runs | RCB: 151/5 (57 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.43, RRR: 14.25)

  • Shane Watson18 (11b)
  • Stuart Binny10 (8b)
  • Ben Cutting3-0-28-0
  • Rashid Khan4-0-36-2
15.6
1
Cutting to Watson, 1 run, a low full toss on leg, clipped to deep midwicket for one

Landmark yorker

100

With the wicket of S Aravind, Ashish Nehra became the first left-arm bowler to 100 IPL wickets

Halfway there

98/2

Royal Challengers' score at the 10-over mark. At the same stage, Sunrisers were 88 for 1

Bucket hands

100

David Warner brought up a century of T20 catches when he caught Chris Gayle at long-off off Deepak Hooda

A tall ask?

215

The highest successful T20 chase at this stadium, by Royals against Chargers in 2008. Teams have twice chased down 200-plus targets here in six previous attempts.

Vintage Yuvraj

23

Yuvraj Singh brought up his fastest IPL fifty today, off 23 balls. His previous fastest was 24 balls, twice, both times for RCB.

History? What history?

8.67

Yuvraj Singh's average in Hyderabad from his six previous IPL matches at the venue

A man in form

223

Shikhar Dhawan's aggregate from his last three innings before the IPL, in the 50-over Deodhar Trophy

Expensive Watson

41

The total cost of Shane Watson's last two overs in the IPL (final over of 2016 final + first over of this match), both against Sunrisers

Can they stop him?

7

David Warner has scored half-centuries in each of his seven matches for Sunrisers against Royal Challengers

Brisk, but not belligerent

6.96

The first-innings Powerplay run rate for IPL matches in Hyderabad - on average, teams batting first are 42 for 1 after 6 overs

Win toss, bowl first

12/15

Since 2014, teams batting first have only won three out of 15 IPL matches in Hyderabad

Too close to call?

5-4

Sunrisers edge Royal Challengers in their overall head-to-head, but only narrowly.