Shikhar Dhawan in conjunction with newly appointed skipper Kane Williamson have mentored Sunrisers Hyderabad to a jeering win to start the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The duo concluded the innings with 25 balls more in hand to cover the innings; finished with a brawling 9 wicket victory against Rajasthan Royals in the fourth match of the league.
The minimal 125 run target given by the Rajasthan Royals after losing the toss, were meant down to ever paler version by Dhawan and Williamson in the subsequent hours when Rajasthan bowlers cheered up bringing the first wicket down too early in the Hyderabad innings.
As Wriddhiman Saha fumbled in the third delivery of the second over of the innings, taken by Laughlin off the bowling of Unadkat, Rajasthan bowlers, were, perhaps, in a state to hardly assume what was coming on.
Dhawan, accompanied by Kane Williamson, the replacement of suspended David Warner, procured absolutely no chance to the opponent bowlers to intrude into the match furthermore.
Dhawan, therefore, was more spurring than Williamson, raced to his half century while his skipper guarded the other end cautiously till the end.
The 57 ball 77 runs by Shikhar Dhawan consisted of 13 shots for four and a single for six.
Kane Williamson batted through a run a ball innings, taking 36 runs off 35 deliveries with 3 fours and as many sixes as Dhawan.
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers also dominated the show in the first half of the match likewise the batsmen. World number one all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, playing for his first match in the new team, after prolong service to Kolkata Knight Riders, excelled with the ball.
Shakib hunted the top scorer of Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson (caught by Rashid Khan) and later on claimed Rahul Tripathi as well.
Bowling his full quota of 4 overs, Shakib conceded 23 runs (no maidens) for bagging 2 wickets.
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Siddharth Kaul also took 2 wickets while the rest of the three bowlers used by Williamson brought him one wicket each.
Shikhar Dhawan who was adjusted man of the match for his marvelous knock, wished to keep the momentum for the rest of the tournament.
“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. 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,” he said.
Rajasthan Royals 125/9 (20 overs)
Sanju Samson 49, Shreyas Gopal 18, Rahul Tripathi 17
Shakib Al Hasan 2/23, Siddharth Kaul 2/17, Rashid Khan 1/23
Sunrisers Hyderabad 127/1 (15.5 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan 77*, Kane Williamson 36*, Wriddhiman Saha 5
Jaydev Unadkat 1/28
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 9 wickets.
Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad
Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan