Sunrisers crush RCB in dramatic IPL opener in Hyderabad
Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad made a perfect start to their Indian Premier League campaign – crushing a depleted Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs in the opening encounter, in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Yuvraj Singh’s blazing blade (62 off 27 balls) and unheralded Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan’s (2/36 in 4 overs) crucial breakthroughs enabled Sunrisers to outwit a Virat Kohli-less RCB in all departments. The 10th edition of the league began with India’s four cricket icons, including Sachin Tendulkar, being felicitated for their contribution to the game. Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman after their felicitation at the opening ceremony of 10th edition of the Indian Premier League A vintage Yuvraj hammered RCB bowlers to submission as SR H posted a commendable 207 for 4 put into bat by Shane Watson Tendulkar along with V V S Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag did a lap of honour riding on golf carts. The match then started in full flow. 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. RCB’s top four – Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, https://fancsy.com/sofia-preview/index.php?page=user&action=pub_profile&id=3261 Travis Head and Kedar Jadhav were all set before getting out.Kedar’s dismissal was the turning point as RCB were failed to recover after that.He was looking dangerous before he was run out when Ben Cutting’s direct throw from the deep found him short by a metre. Young Rashid Khan, who created history by being the first Afghan to play an IPL match, got Mandeep with a fuller delivery that didn’t turn. The batsman trying to cut got an inside edge onto the stumps. Rashid also got Travis Head when the batsmen tried to play a slog sweep. But Deepak Hooda got the most important wicket when he got Gayle trying to hit him over long off for a second six only to be caught by Warner. 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 SR H posted a commendable 207 for 4 put into bat by Shane Watson. Yuvraj smashed the RCB bowlers to cleaners after Srinath Aravind dropped a dolly catch at deep square leg boundary. Yuvraj was on 26.
He then scored his fastest IPL half-century off 23 balls. Moises Henriques made 52 off 37 balls. Bollywood babe Amy Jackson performed in the IPL opening ceremony