Dhawan blasts SRH home after Shakib masterclass

Dean Simpson
April 12, 2018

After two lopsided encounters in Sunday's double header, we will see the first of the two remaining teams who haven't played a match - Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. But the opener struck a ball straight to mid-off and took on Kane Williamson with the Aussie coming off second-best, caught short by a metre and dismissed for just four.

Sunrisers Hyderabad opened their 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season with a thumping nine- wicket win over the reinstated Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday. There can not be a better place to put the words into practice at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, which was once Rajasthan's fortress.

While the entire SRH bowling unit put Hyderabad in control of the match, a lot of credit must go to the attacking mindset of their new skipper Kane Williamson. He was in sensational form with the Indian cricket team over the past few months or so and carried on from where he left off to score 77 in just 57 deliveries.

And, in batting, if Shikhar Dhawan fires at the top half the job is done for the home team even as his partner Wriddhiman Saha should be in the mood to make amends for his failure in the first game. How the experienced SRH middle-order tackles Mayank Markande will also be worth the watch.


Host Rajasthan will need to make improvements in all its departments against Delhi because Delhi's team is much stronger this time. He was ably-supported by Williamson, who played within the "V" - cover to mid-on. Dhawan also has a liking towards MI and this can be concluded by the fact that he has scored 386 runs against Rohit Sharma's squad which is the most by any batsman in SRH vs MI matches.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the best limited-overs bowlers in the world right now and will spearhead SRH's bowling attack for the rest of the season.

Billy Stanlake bowled consistently quick and troubled the opposition batsmen in the first match.

"We picked up wickets at key times and we fielded well".


Williamson also produced a smart run out at mid off to remove Australian T20 opener D'Arcy Short for four. The former will be hoping to bounce back after witnessing in the first match itself how it feels when victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat like Chennai Super Kings did.

Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane (13) and Sanju Samson (49), who top-scored for Rajasthan, then combined for 46 runs - their side's only meaningful partnership before the skipper was removed by Siddarth Kaul.

The Royals have got to use Buttler well in the tournament - he's the guy who they can bat around but it didn't work today.


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