Defending Champion Sunrisers Hyderabad makes winning start

Defending Champion Sunrisers Hyderabad has kicked the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League with a rich win against Royale Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday. They have beaten RCB by 35 runs.

Chasing the target a mammoth target of 207 runs, the visiting team has been bundled out scoring 172 runs with 2 balls remaining in the match.

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Ashish Nehra, Bhuveneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan all took 2 wickets each for Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB’s Caribbean master hitter Chris Gayle scored highest 32 runs while T Head and KM Jadhav made 30 and 31 respectively.

Sunrisers were asked to bat first. The opening partnership of skipper David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan did not last too long as the departed scoring 14 runs at the team score of 19. Dhawan and Moises Henriques built the hosts innings with 74-run partnership. Dhawan scored 40 runs off 31 balls with 5 fours.

Henriques scored the first half-century of IPL 2017. He made 37-ball 52 runs including 3 fours and 2 sixes. Yuvraj Singh entertained the local crowds with flurry of boundaries. He hammered 62 runs from 27 deliveries hitting 7 fours and 3 sixes.

Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 207 for 4 in 20 overs. Tymal Mills got the wicket of Yuvraj. Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal and Stuart Binny got one wicket each.

Chasing 208, RCB had a good start to their innings with Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh adding 52 runs in 5.4 overs for the first wicket. Gayle scored 32 runs off 21 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes.

Brief Score:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 207/4

Yuvaraj Singh 62

Stuart Binny 1/10

Royale Challengers Bangalore 172 all out

Chris Gayle 32

B Kumar 2/27

Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 35 runs.

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