Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
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IPL: Dhawan stars as Hyderabad outplay Rajasthan

IPL: Dhawan stars as Hyderabad outplay Rajasthan

Dhawan had one more reason to celebrate the win, as he got to his 29 IPL half-century quite comfortably.

Here is 100 came up for SRH in 12 overs.

In over 9.1 FIFTY came for Shikhar Dhawan off 33 balls here SRH 83/1. What an innings this has been by the Indian cricketer.

However, initiating the chase, the home side lost wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhimann Saha (5) in the second over.

The ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket and its subsequent fall-out directly affected two teams in the Indian Premier League - the Rajasthan Royals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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.

Apart from Sanju Samson (49) no other batsmen rose to the occasion and were dismissed one by one.

There was no sting in the tail despite Jos Buttler's presence as Rashid did him with a googly and the rest dawdled.

Ben Stokes isn't completely fit and might not bowl four overs always; hence Jaydev Unadkat needs to step up to be the leader of the pack. Defending a target of 166, Chennai Super Kings beat them by one wicket with just one ball remaining. Mumbai's best bet will be to get early wickets and expose Hyderabad's lower middle order of Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan and Deepak Hooda! RR are beginning to tumble now. Sanju Samson (49, 42b, 5×4) was the only batter to offer some resistance. This is a huge blow for the visitors. By losing 1 wicket, SRH made the chase successful. But thereafter, Dhawan and Williamson denied any further success to the listless Royals bowlers.

WICKET! What a fantastic catch by Rashid Khan at deep mid-wicket to see of captain Ajinkya Rahane. The square leg umpire went for a referral, but Williamson looked confident even before that.

Sunrisers won the toss and their decision to bowl first paid dividends as they took wickets throughout the innings to restrict Rajasthan's progress.

This contest could very well turn out to be the match of the season given how brilliant these two teams have done in the past couple of seasons. Rajasthan Royals is one of the founding member of the tournament but SRH made their debut in the tournament in 2013. Heinrich Klaasen was the new added member to the side who did not play the opening game.

With the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Afghanistan sensation Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul and Billy Stanlake and Shakib Al Hasan all showing their mettle, SRH will take the field as favourites for this clash. Established batsmen like skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes and RA Tripathi just kept finding the fielders' hands rather than the gaps whenever they tried to be aggressive while Shikhar Dhawan made a mockery of their low total by scoring a attractive 78 not out when the Sunrisers batted.

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