finishes with a boundary. A domineering win finished with an imperious shot. Short of a length in the corridor and he gets behind it to swat it over midwicket
Sunrisers won by 9 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
|Shakib Al Hasan||SRH||44.13||-||-||0||2/23||2.28||44.13|
11:24pm And that's all we have tonight. Thanks for joining us and don't forget to return for Chennai's grand homecoming tomorrow. They're facing Kolkata Knight Riders. See you there!
Dhawan: I enjoy playing long innings. It benefits the team, it benefits me. I'm just trying to stretch the good form as long as possible. [About making up for Warner's absence] I've been playing more aggressively, not just in the IPL, but even for India in South Africa and Sri Lanka. I'm just continuing that formula. We have a very balanced side and we have all bases covered. That is the key. It's just the start of the tournament and we hope to keep the rhythm going.
Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Match.
Williamson: No doubt we miss Davey. Such a fantastic player for us but the guys were brilliant, all round in the field. A nice team performance. All the bowlers played their part. We picked up wickets at key times and we fielded well, which certainly makes difference. There are some areas we want to work at heading into the next match. I had the best seat in the house as he [Dhawan] hit it cleanly. His intent was brilliant and so was Saha's at the top of the innings.
Kaul: I was working a lot in the domestic season and in the nets and tonight it came off. It was a small total but it's tricky some times when you chase small totals. But our team has great experience and we did it. We are missing him [Warner] but the players are coping and they know what to do and when to do it. Thanks to god, everything's happening really well and I'm looking forward to the coming games.
Rahane: We thought 125 was on the lower side. 150 or 160 would have been great. Credit to our bowlers, they bowled well, they tried their best. We were 50 for 1 and me and Sanju decided to back our intents, but we lost too many wickets. We didn't get any partnerships. I'm unhappy with the drop but these things happen in cricket. This is the first game and we need to learn from our mistakes and move forward. We prepared ourselves really well and we're looking to get better.
11:06pm Utter domination from the home team. Clinical with both bat and ball and it's the kind of loss that can really suck the morale out of a team. Rajasthan Royals have had a forgettable return to the IPL.
full and wide outside off. Chases and tries to jam it through point. Beaten
short of a length just outside off, punched uppishly to mid-off
slower short ball climbing across off stump. Can't get bat on the hook
short and wide outside off. Looks to cut and it skids through from under his bat
short of a length just outside off, punched straight to extra cover
full on leg stump, paddle sweep straight to short fine
short of a length wide outside off, cut uppishly to point's left. He parries it to sweeper cover
short ball just outside off, cut straight to backward point
googly. Floated up full on leg stump, clipped to deep midwicket
tossed up outside off, drags to long-on off the front foot
length ball at middle stump. Shuffles and nudges this to short fine's right
offcutter, back of a length outside off. Backs away and cuts to sweeper
Goes around the wicket
short ball outside off, punched firmly off the back foot to sweeper's right. Kulkarni puts in a slide there to stop it
length ball outside off, steps out and punches to extra cover on the bounce
short of a length ball just outside off. Gets on the back foot and slices it over midwicket with a pull
short of a length in the corridor, defended off the back foot
past the outside edge and past the keeper. A nicely tossed up length ball outside off. He doesn't get to the pitch for the drive through cover and it spins a long way past him
steps out and blocks with his body. He's beaten in flight here
short ball outside off, under-edges the cut towards point
|Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad|
|Toss||Sunrisers Hyderabad, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20|
|Match days||09 April 2018 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Sunrisers Hyderabad 2, Rajasthan Royals 0|
Over 16 • SRH 127/1Sunrisers won by 9 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
Talking points: Sunrisers' admirable bowling depth
How Shakib set Royals up for meltdown
Sunrisers bowlers prove too much for Royals
|S Dhawan||not out||78||57|
|KS Williamson||not out||36||35|
|Extras||(b 4, nb 1, w 3)|
|Total||127(1 wkt; 15.5 ovs)|