IPL 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals: Dhawan, Williamson flatten RR
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2018,
Apr 11, 2018, 11:05
Both Royals and Daredevils were outplayed in their opening games and will be itching to bounce back. To me Rajasthan look better suited to chasing because of the power-hitters in their middle order but I'm still happy to take the pre-toss price of 2.02 about the Royals.
Williamson's men made light work of Rajasthan's line up after the Black Caps captain won the toss and elected to bowl, dismissing the Royals, featuring worldwide stars D'Arcy Short and Ben Stokes, for 125. Dhawan, who was dropped by Rahane at slips on zero, grew in confidence as he hit Dhawal Kulkarni for the first six of the match in the third over.
While chasing an easy target of 126, Dhawan and Saha came to open the batting for SRH.
Over 4 is another big one 12 RUNS came for the hosts as Kane Williamson smacked Jaydev Unadkat for a four and a six here SRH 36/1.
Amit Mishra - the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL - has a fabulous record against RR (26 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 16.38) and he will be expected to add to his tally.
The Royals could not build partnerships and they crumbled under the pressure of a disciplined bowling attack of the Sunrisers.
While the Rajasthan Royals bowling attack had plenty of variety, that did not translate to success on the pitch; their bowlers managed to pick up only a solitary wicket in the match against SRH.
Stokes, who was the MVP from last year's tournament, scored just five off eight balls as Ajinkya Rahane's Rajasthan were restricted to 125-9. But after that wicket, new batsman Sanju Samson (49) and opener Ajinkya Rahane (13) forged a crucial 46-run partnership to steady their team's ship.
It was a clinical bowling performance from Hyderabad pacer Siddarth Kaul, who took two wickets for 17 runs.
The tone was set in the very first over when Williamson, having stuck the opposition in, moved smartly from mid-off to swoop on the ball and score a direct hit, catching D'Arcy Short just short of his crease.
A miserly over from Rashid was followed by Ben Stokes' (5) dismissal off Stanlake as the Royals were 71/3 at the halfway mark.
Jaydev Unadkat of the Rajasthan Royals celebrates the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha of the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Where (venue) is IPL 2018, RR vs SRH?