Summary: In their opening match in IPL 2018 Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a massive win of 9 wickets against Rajasthan Royals. RR managed to put a small total of 125/9 with Sanju Samson being the highest run scorer with 49 runs. Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to chase the total easily with Shikhar Dhawan’s knock of 77 runs.
The match number 4 of IPL 2018 saw Sunrisers Hyderabad winning the toss and deciding to field. With their balling game on top the hosts were able to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a meagre 125 at the loss of 9 wickets. In response SRH could chase down the total in just 15.5 overs with a massive 121 run partnership between Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan.
Shikhar Dhawan was the clear hero of the evening as he remained unconquered scoring 77 runs off just 57 balls. The explosive inning included 13 fours and a six. On the other end giving him company was yet another hero of SRH, the captain Williamson himself, who also remained not out at 36 runs scored off 35 balls.
While the batting of SRH was top class, it won’t be wrong to say that it was their bowlers who almost won the game for them during the first inning itself by taking consistent wickets and restricting the opposition at just 125.
SRH clearly has one of the best bowling sides in this season of IPL 2018. Every bowler seemed to get a piece of Rajasthan Royals last night. Siddhart Kaul along with Shakib Al Hasan managed 2 wickets each while, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake and the Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan bagged one wicket each.
With both teams, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad being ex IPL champions, this match was just the beginning and it is a long way to go before either of them truly shine the 10th season of IPL this year.