Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Rajasthan Royals: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Rajasthan Royals: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report
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Rajasthan Royals impressed with the ball in a solid four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League opener.

Rajasthan elected to field first and restricted their opponents to just 133-6 in their 20 overs.

They made an unsteady start in reply, but Ajinkya Rahane's half-century got them over the line with four balls to spare.

With a much-vaunted batting line-up, and some bowling stars, big things are expected of the Sunrisers this season, but they were becalmed by the disciplined Royals bowling.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Scorecard
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Aaron Finch c Kane Richardson b Dhawal Kulkarni 2 5 40.00 0 0
Shikhar Dhawan c Kane Richardson b Rajat Bhatia 38 34 111.76 3 1
David Warner c Kane Richardson b Rajat Bhatia 32 35 91.42 1 0
Lokesh Rahul c Ajinkya Rahane b Dhawal Kulkarni 20 18 111.11 1 1
Darren Sammy c Sanju Samson b Kane Richardson 6 11 54.54 0 0
Venugopal Rao NOT OUT 16 12 133.33 1 0
Karan Sharma c Brad Hodge b Kane Richardson 4 5 80.00 0 0
Dale Steyn NOT OUT 0 0 0.00 0 0
EXTRAS (w 9, b 1, lb 5) 15
TOTAL (6 wickets; 20 overs) 133 133
BOWLER O R W ECON DOTS
Dhawal Kulkarni 4 23 2 5.75 11
Kane Richardson 4 25 2 6.25 8
James Faulkner 3 27 0 9.00 2
Pravin Tambe 4 23 0 5.75 8
Rajat Bhatia 4 22 2 5.50 7
Stuart Binny 1 7 0 7.00 2

IPL Official

Aaron Finch fell cheaply, while Shikhar Dhawan (38 from 34 balls) and David Warner (32 from 35) lingered, but could not get scoring.

For a pitch which had just hosted a 411-run encounter between the Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, it was a curious change of pace.

Rajat Bhatia, Kane Richardson and Dhawal Kulkarni all picked up two wickets at around a run a ball, as the expected Sunrisers acceleration failed to materialise.

In reply, however, the Royals struggled initially. Abhishek Nayar and Sanju Samson both fell for single-figure scores as Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar impressed.

Rajasthan Royals Scorecard
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Abhishek Nayar lbw Dale Steyn 4 3 133.33 1 0
Ajinkya Rahane c Aaron Finch b Amit Mishra 59 53 111.32 6 0
Sanju Samson c Shikhar Dhawan b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 9 33.33 0 0
Shane Watson c Lokesh Rahul b Ishant Sharma 3 7 42.85 0 0
Stuart Binny NOT OUT 48 32 150.00 4 1
Brad Hodge c Darren Sammy b Amit Mishra 1 8 12.50 0 0
Rajat Bhatia c Aaron Finch b Dale Steyn 4 3 133.33 1 0
James Faulkner NOT OUT 8 2 400.00 2 0
EXTRAS (w 2, lb 3) 5
TOTAL (6 wickets; 19.3 overs) 135
BOWLER O R W ECON DOTS
Dale Steyn 4 29 2 7.25 11
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3.3 21 1 6.00 9
Ishant Sharma 4 29 1 7.25 9
Darren Sammy 2 19 0 9.50 3
Amit Mishra 4 26 2 6.50 8
Karan Sharma 2 8 0 4.00 5

IPL Official

And when Ishant Sharma accounted for Rajasthan captain Shane Watson—giving him a big send-off as he departed—the game was wide open at 31-3.

But Rahane was joined by Stuart Binny and they drew the sting out of the attack, milking the bowling with patience and composure.

Rahane fell for a 53-ball 59, holing out as he looked to wrap up the match, but at the point he left the equation was 26 from 24 balls, and things looked secure.

However, a middle order wobble made for a nervy finale.

That was until James Faulkner stepped up. Both balls of Kumar's final over went for fours, and the match was over.

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