Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals lock horns in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League season 11. With both of the teams losing their primarily appointed captains, David Warner and Steve Smith, it will be interesting to see how both of them cope up to the unwanted loss.
Ajinkya Rahane and Kane Williamson will lead Rajasthan and Hyderabad franchise respectively, with both the teams looking extremely strong despite their huge loss.
Debutants like D’ Arcy Short and Jofra Archer will look to impress the crowd as they are coming with big reputation of being masters of shorter version of the game.
Shane Warne is coming back as head coach of Rajasthan Royals and the franchise would be looking forward for having another dream run like the inaugural edition of IPL under the legendary leg spinner.
In the head-to-head count, RR lead the charge 4-3 against the Sunrisers. However, SRH’s home record is impressive, with 20 wins in 30 games.
Here are the Highlights:
# Shikhar Dhawan (Man of the Match): "I enjoy playing long innings. It benefits the team, it benefits me. Trying to stretch the good form as long as possible and score big runs for as long as I can. I've been playing more aggressively since South Africa series and the Sri Lanka series, and not just in this IPL. So I'm just continuing with that formula, and I'm happy with it. We have a very balanced team, which is the strength of our side, and that is the key. We have started the tournament on a good note, and hopefully that'll help us and give us the momentum for the rest of the tournament."
# Kane Williamson: "No doubt we missed Davey (Warner). He's been a fantastic player for a lot of years. Good to see everyone stepping up. Guys were great on the field and all did their roles well. It was nice to see people step up well with both bat and ball. All the bowlers certainly played their part. We got wickets at key times, but it was important we fielded well. We took some really good catches. A team effort. Yes, there are small areas we can still improve. (On bowling a lot of short balls) It wasn't a planned thing, the surface was such that the short ball was coming on nicely. There was something for the pacers and the spinners while the batsmen were also to score runs. A fair surface actually. (On Dhawan's innings) I had the best seat in the house, he hit it really well. The intent was great from ball one. Saha also showed intent from the start. Hopefully we can keep it up in the coming games as well."
# Ajinkya Rahane: "We thought 126 was on the lower side. When we were batting we thought 160 would be a great total. We did quite well as a bowling unit, but the Sunrisers were excellent with the ball. Sanju and I tried to back our game but lost too many wickets in the middle, and that's where we lost the game. I think the lack of one big partnership is what cost us. Even one partnership would have given us a more competitive total. I'm very unhappy with the dropped catch. I work very hard on my fielding during practice, but it's a part and parcel of the game - you have some bad days. It's the first game, and we have to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them in future."
# Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 9 wickets against Rajasthan Royals! What a way to start their journey. Splendid!
# 15.5 Overs: FOUR! Crunchy blow to finish off the innings in style!
# 12.6 Overs: FOUR! Not a good debut over by D'Arcy Short. SRH 114/1
# 12.1 Overs: Four! Dhawan is a great watch when he is in such touch! SRH 108/1
# 11.6 Overs: FOUR! Dhawan WOW! SRH 103/1
# 10.3 Overs: FOUR! Straight down the ground! SRH 91/1
# 9.3 Overs: FOUR again! Dhawan is not looking to stop anytime soon. SRH 87/1
# 9.1 Overs: FOUR! Dhawan timed it to perfection. SRH 83/1
# 7.2 Overs: Back to back boundaries for Dhawan. SRH 72/1
# 6.1 Overs: FOUR! Dhawan picks the short ball perfectly! SRH 61/1
# 5.6 Overs: FOUR! Classic as you can get. Williamson slashes it for boundary! SRH 57/1
# 5.3 Overs: Four! Dhawan at it again. SRH 52/1
# 4.3 Overs: Back to back boundaries for Dhawan! He wants it over quickly! SRH 44/1
# 3.5 Overs: SIX! Over fine leg! Williamson joining the party now! SRH 34/1
# 3.2 Overs: FOUR! Classic Williamson! Finds the gap between the point and cover fielder. SRH 28/1
# 2.5 Overs: SIX! Slashed away for a maximum, Dhawan on fire! SRH 23/1
# 2.2 Overs: FOUR! What a hit by Dhawan. SRH 17/1
# 1.5 Overs: FOUR! Dhawan to third man. SRH 10/1
# SRH starts its innings with a blow as Wriddhiman Saha DEPARTS on Unadkat's ball
# SRH players were on fire both with the ball and in the field. Now they need 126 to win. Come back soon for the chase.
# 19.2 Overs: OUT! Run out! Unadkat run out (Y Pathan/Saha) 1(2) RR 123/9
# 18.6 Overs: OUT! and trouble continues for RR! Gopal walks back after Yusuf Pathan takes a dolly. Shreyas Gopal c Y Pathan b Bhuvneshwar 18(18) RR 122/8
# STAT ATTACK: The most economical team in the death overs over the last two IPL tournaments has been SRH.
# 17.2 Overs: OUT! Rashid strikes and Buttler walks back. Buttler b Rashid Khan 6(9) RR 115/7
# 16.2 Overs: FOUR! Gopal slashes Bhuvi for a classy boundary. RR 111/6
# 15.1 Overs: FOUR! Edge and raced to the boundary. RR 101/6
# 14.4 Overs: OUT! Kaul with a short ball and Gowtham fails to control it. Gowtham c Saha b S Kaul 0(2) RR 96/6
# 13.5 Overs: OUT! Samson is heading back to the hut. What a sliding catch by Rashid Khan! Samson c Rashid Khan b Shakib 49(42) RR 94/5
# 13.2 Overs: OUT! Tripathi was coming under pressure there and lofts it straight to the fielder. Tripathi c Manish Pandey b Shakib 17(15) RR 92/4
# 11.5 Overs: FOUR! Delighful late cut by Tripathi. RR 86/3
# 11.4 Overs: FOUR! A much needed boundary and a good cricketing shot by Rahul Tripathi. RR 82/3
# 8.6 Overs: OUT! Big blow for Double RR as Ben Stokes departs Stokes c Williamson b Stanlake 5(8). RR 63/3
# STAT ATTACK: Rashid Khan is into the attack for the first time. In last year's IPL, he took 12 wickets in the middle overs (Tahir the only spinner to take more) and his economy was 6.35, the best for any spinner to have bowled 200+ balls
# 6.6 Overs: FOUR! Edge and gone past the third man for boundary! RR 56/2
# 6.5 Overs: OUT! Rahane departs after a brilliant catch at the deep by Rashid Khan. Rahane c Rashid Khan b S Kaul 13(13) RR 52/2
# 5.2 Overs: FOUR! Samson steps out and lifts it over the mid wicket fielder, one bounce and gone! RR 45/1
# 4.5 Overs: FOUR! Thats a leading edge which raced for the boundary. Stanlanke is throwing fire bombs there, some speed. RR 40/1
# 4.2 Overs: FOUR! Rahane dispatches a short Stanlake delivery with ease. RR 33/1
# 3.3 Overs: FOUR! Classic Rahane there, drives Shakib beautifully for a boundary. RR 26/1
# 2.3 Overs: FOUR! Excellent flick by Samson. RR 19/1
# 2.1 Overs: FOUR! Brilliant by Samson to cut it past point for a boundary. RR 15/1
# 0.6 Overs: OUT! Short goes! Direct hit by skipper Williamson and what a start for SRH! RR 6/1
# 0.4 Overs: FOUR! Short opens his account in IPL. RR 6/0
# D'Arcy Short and Ajinkya Rahane walks out to open the innings and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar with the new ball for SRH.
# STAT ATTACK: Yusuf Pathan is featuring in his 150th IPL match tonight
# Flat and dry pitch, with a bit of grass to hold it together
# Ajinkya Rahane: We were looking to bowl as well. Happy to bat first. We have no control over the toss, so happy to bat first. We had some good prep back home. The guys are very excited about this game, so looking forward to it. Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, D'Arcy Short, Ben Laughlin.
# Kane Williamson won the toss and opt to field first, so Rajasthan Royals will bat first!
Sunrisers Hyderabad Probable XI: Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul/Basil Thampi
Rajasthan Royals Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Heinrich Klaasen/D'Arcy Short, K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni