A target of 208 without Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and KL Rahul proved to be too much for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) began title defence with a 35–run victory against a depleted opposition on Wednesday. After being put in to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were propelled to 207 for 4, bolstered by a 27-ball 62 from Yuvraj Singh and 52 from Moises Henriques. In their reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) started off on an aggressive note, but their zeal frittered out soon against a mountainous target at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017
Chasing 208 to win, Royal Challengers Bangalore could manage only 172 from 19.4 overs with each of their top five batsmen getting off to starts but failing to convert. The opening pair of Mandeep Singh (24) and Chris Gayle (32) added 52 for the first wicket, and after the openers were removed in quick succession, Travis Head (30) joined forces with Kedar Jadhav (31) to add another rapid 56 runs. However, RCB just did not have enough in their ranks to keep pushing for an aggressive scoring rate, and at the end, hobbled to a defeat in the first match. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: SRH vs RCB, IPL 2017 Match 1
RCB stuttered after making a brisk start. Both Mandeep and Gayle showed promise but could not carry on. Mandeep began the reply by taking on the veteran Ashish Nehra, slamming two boundaries off him in the first over. He continued to pick runs against the left-armer in the next over as well, and Gayle joined in soon with a massive six over deep midwicket.
Gayle hit another six, off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and after facing five dot balls on the trot against Ben Cutting, but perished in the next over when he tried hitting Deepak Hooda over long off. But before that, Rashid Khan celebrated his IPL debut with a wicket in form of Mandeep, cramping the batsman for room after a few wide deliveries. Rashid’s breakthrough was followed by the wicket of Gayle, which pegged back RCB who needed more than 10 an over consistently.
Head joined forces with Kedar Jadhav to take RCB ahead, and they did a fine job at that. They added 56 runs in a little over 5 overs to bring RCB back on the track, getting their runs aggressively. Rotation of the strike was not of as high importance as getting boundaries was. When Ben Cutting looked like slipping away with tight overs, Jadhav hammered him over midwicket for a six and followed it up with two boundaries off Ashish Nehra, who continued to be expensive as far as SRH are concerned.
The third wicket stand between Jadhav and Head was broken when a brilliant direct hit from deep fine leg region found the former short of crease by a few meters. Jadhav had started looking ominous and the wicket proved to be of a huge impact in the run chase, as RCB could never really recover from that blow.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 207 for 4 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 40, Moises Henriques 52, Yuvraj Singh 67; Yuzvendra Chahal 1 for 22) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 172 in 19.4 overs (Chris Gayle 32, Travis Head 30, Kedar Jadhav 31; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 27, Rashid Khan 2 for 36) by 35 runs.