SRH vs RCB Highlights: The Sunrisers started their title defence with an emphatic win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Yuvraj Singh’s knock of 62(7*4, 3*6) from 27 balls proved to be the game changer which helped the Sunrisers post a mammoth total of 207/4. The Orange army dominated all departments eventually taking the season’s opener.
IPL 10 Match 1: SRH vs RCB Highlights
The Royal Challengers won the toss and elected to field first. The game saw 3 players making their IPL debuts; Tymal Mills and Aniketh Choudhary for RCB and Rashid Khan for the Sunrisers.
Yuvraj Stars In An Emphatic Victory
The opener had a lot of big names missing due to injuries but all eyes were on a certain Tymal Mills. The pacer did get off to decent start conceding only 6 off his first over. David Warner struck a beautiful back-foot drive to get the scoreboard ticking but later found Mandeep Singh at point, who accepted a straight forward catch gleefully. Moses Henriques and Shikar Dhawan then constructed a 74 run partnership; the southpaw appeared to be in fine touch, hitting four boundaries in a Shane Watson over. Stuart Binny got the better of Dhawan, as he tried to deposit one into the stands, only managing to find the long-on fielder.
Henriques completed up a fine half-century off 34 balls; he scored 52 with 3 fours and 2 hits over the rope. The pitch was as placid as it could get and the free flowing blade of Yuvraj Singh didn’t let the fans down. Extravagant cover drives, muscular pulls of the front foot and the flashy square drives were at display. It was only fitting that the best bowler on the field got this priced scalp and Mills delivered. A 143kmph delivery to knock the bails off, sending Yuvraj Singh back to the pavilion. The damage had already been done and the unbeaten pair of Deepak Hooda and Ben Cutting helped the Sunrisers set a towering target of 208.
The track was an easy one to bat on and with the demolishers in the RCB squad, the target wasn’t out of sight. Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh initiated the chase in fine fashion adding 52 for the first wicket before the end of the powerplay. Mandeep Singh(24) was the first man to depart, playing a Rashid Khan slider on to the stumps. Chris Gayle hit some towering sixes before mistiming one to long off. He departed for a quick fire 32 off 21.
Kedhar jadhav and Travis Head added 56 in no time; the former was finding gaps with aplomb, also manufacturing some intelligent strokes. Ben Cutting produced a moment of brilliance when he ran Jadhav out off a direct hit from the square leg boundary. Jadhav scored 31 off 16 with a strike rate of 193.75. Head and Shane Watson too succumbed in an attempt to accelerate. The Challengers were thereafter dismissed for 172 giving the Sunrisers a handsome 35 run victory.
Gayle, Mandeep, Head and Watson all got off to decent starts, but none went on to push their team over the line. Yuvraj Singh, for his heroics with the bat has deservingly declared the player of the match.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD 207/4 (Shikhar Dhawan 40, Moses Henriques 52, Yuvraj Singh 62, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/22) BEAT ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE (Chris Gayle 32, Kedhar Jadhav 31 Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 2/27, Rashid Khan 2/36) BY 35 Runs.
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Author: Gautam Bajpai