Yuvraj sizzles as Sunrisers post 207/4 vs RCB in opener

After the lavish opening ceremony at the same venue, the match between former champions and defending champions is slated to begin.

As Sudden Change in Climate Hyderabad was drenched in Heavy Rainfall on Tuesday evening, Due to This the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad could be delayed due to relief rainfall. The leg-break bowler claimed Mandeep as he tried to cut the overseas player only to see an underedge fall on to the base of his leg stump.

Veteran Yuvraj Singh's blazing blade (62 off 27 balls) and unheralded Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan Arman (2/36 in 4 overs)'s crucial breakthroughs enabled Sunrisers to outwit a Virat Kohli-less RCB in all departments.

Rashid also got Travis Head when the batsmen tried to play a slog sweep. Hooda had the last laugh, though, with Gayle pouched by skipper David Warner on the long-on fence.

Henriques set the tone by adding 74 runs for the second-wicket stand with Shikhar Dhawan (40) after Sunrisers lost their skipper David Warner in the second over for 14.

Earlier put into bat, Sunrisers notched 207 for 4 against RCB in stipulated 20 overs. If the partnership between Shane Watson and Chris Gayle remains unharmed with the aggressive bowling attack from opponent team, the pair of these two powerful hitters might fetch a big score. The Jamaican struck two boundaries and three sixes in his 21-ball 32, while Mandeep made 24 from 16 balls. The visitors handed reprieves to both Henriques and Yuvraj and each batsman went on to make match-defining half-centuries.

Henriques at the other end chanced his arms to hit a six over long-on off Travis Head. The latter was dismissed in the 11th over when he skied Stuart Binny's third ball of the match which landed in Sachin Baby's hands. Rajasthan's Chaudhary, who has been with the India camp came in for special treatment including a lofted extra cover drive for a six apart fom two fours in a single over.

The southpaw brought up his half-century in the eighteenth, needing only 23 deliveries to get to the milestone; it was Yuvraj's first half-century for SRH and his first in the IPL since 5 May 2015.

  • Salvatore Jensen