January 19, 2019

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IPL2018 Dhawan’s Fifty Powers SRH to 9 Wicket Win Over Rajasthan Royals

IPL2018 Dhawan’s Fifty Powers SRH to 9 Wicket Win Over Rajasthan Royals

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Shikhar Dhawan starred with his unbeaten 77 to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a 9-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (R) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Monday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.

Dhawan was supported by skipper Kane Williamson who also remained not out on 36. Chasing a low target of 126 set by Rajasthan, Dhawan made his intentions clear right from the outset.

The hosts were dominant right from the start, with all their bowlers playing a crucial role in restricting RR to 125-9.

 Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane used seven different bowlers to no avail as Dhawan and Williamson chased the target all by themselves in 15.5 overs with 25 balls to spare

Earlier, a stellar bowling display by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) restricted Rajasthan Royals (RR) to 125/9 in their 20 overs. Siddarth Kaul was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 2/17 in his four overs. Shakib Al Hasan also took two wickets (2/23) while Rashid Khan (1/23), Billy Stanlake (1/29) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/30) shared a wicket each. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (13) tried his best but fell prey to a brilliant catch by Rashid.

Rahane was leading RR for the first time while David Warner’s absence has pushed Kane Williamson – who was also leading SRH for the first time – to a better place. In the last edition, Williamson played a crucial role SRH getting to the play-offs from the sidelines.RR’s collapse, of course, helped him but the decision to hold back Kaul and finish off Rashid and Stanlake helped the team stay ahead.

Rahane, on the other hand, not only failed with the bat but also as a fielder.  As it turned out, the SRH opener was yet to open his account then and went on to make unbeaten 77 to help the team cruise in chase. The cushion of not having a lot of runs on the board didn’t help Rahane’s cause either.


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