Hyderabad, April 6: Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad made a perfect start to their campaign in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League by crushing a depleted Royal Challengers Banaglore by 35 runs in the opening encounter, here on Wednesday (April 5) night. Match highlights; IPL 10 Special Site
Veteran Yuvraj Singh’s blazing blade (62 off 27 balls) and unheralded Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan Arman (2/36 in 4 overs)’s crucial breakthroughs enabled Sunrisers to outwit a Virat Kohli-less RCB in all departments. (Match Scorecard)
A challenging target of 208 was achievable on a placid track but RCB could only manage 172 in 19.4 overs losing wickets at regular intervals.
This was the first time after 23 IPL matches that RCB were all-out. RCB’s top four — Chris Gayle (32), Mandeep Singh (24), Travis Head (30) and Kedar Jadhav (31) were all set before getting out.
On a belter where pacers became easy prey for the batsmen, Sunrisers skipper David Warner rotated his spinners well trying to take the pace off the deliveries. Young Rashid, who created history by being the first Afghan to play an IPL match got Mandeep with a fuller delivery that didn’t turn.
RCB wickets fell at regular intervals and there was no pressure on Sunrisers as they coasted to victory.
Ashish Nehra (2/42) also got a couple of wickets to reach a personal milestone of 100 IPL victims.
Earlier, a vintage Yuvraj hammered RCB bowlers to submission as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted a commendable 207 for 4 put into bat by Shane Watson.
On a batting beauty, Yuvraj smashed the RCB bowlers to cleaners after Srinath Aravind dropped a dolly at deep square leg boundary. Yuvraj was on 26 then and the let-off allowed him to score his fastest IPL half-century off 23 balls. Moises Henriques’ 52 off 37 balls also went a long way in contributing to Sunrisers’ total.
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