Sunrisers Hyderabad Convincingly Beat Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane will lead Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 Indian Premier League after Steve Smith was banned for this edition due to the ball-tampering scandal

Ajinkya Rahane will lead Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 Indian Premier League after Steve Smith was banned for this edition due to the ball-tampering scandal

The match was over for Rajasthan Royals at 15.5 over's with the Sunrisers putting up an impressive batting partnership with just one wicket down.

Australia's Steve Smith stepped down as captain in the wake of the ball tampering row, and Rajasthan are now focused on achieving success with the available resources in hand. The remainder of the team is likely to be same and it would be unfair on the players to be dropped only after one game.

While the batting of SRH was top class, it won't be wrong to say that it was their bowlers who nearly won the game for them during the first inning itself by taking consistent wickets and restricting the opposition at just 125. The teams look solid this time and they will have to hunt in packs to get better of the Royals.

The only bright spot in the Rajasthan innings was 23-year-old Kerala-born Sanju Samson. The Aussie debutant with the reputation for mayhem had fallen for just four; he was one of seven batsmen who languished in single-digits as Rajasthan laboured to 125 for 9, that thanks mainly to Sanju Samson's 42-ball 49. Rahane too played a few shots, trying to score quickly.

Only three others managed to reach double-digit scores.

Earlier, disciplined bowling helped Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict Rajasthan Royals to 125/9.


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Put in to bat, Rajasthan got off to a poor start as opener D Arcy Short (4) departed on the last ball of the the first over.

The Aussie Pack: Each Australian on the two franchises played in the opening match, Sunrisers quick Billy Stanlake (1-29) claiming the key wicket of Ben Stokes and rushing the batsmen with pace and bounce.

Sunrisers run chase started on a wrong note as they lost Wriddhiman Saha (5) in the second over to Jaydev Unadkat.

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And then the onslaught began. The explosive inning included 13 fours and a six. He was supported by his skipper who made a characteristically dependable 36 runs off 35 balls. They won the match by nine wickets with 25 balls to spare and Shikhar Dhawan was named as the "Man of the Match" for his brisk knock of 77 runs. SRH were not only outstanding in their bowling efforts but they were exceptional in their fielding efforts too. It was the start the Sunrisers were looking for with the risky hitter dismissed in the first over of the match.

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