It was a full house at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, where the Indian Premier League (IPL) opener between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was played on Wednesday night. Much to the joy of the local crowd, the David Warner-led SRH won the match by 35 runs to register their first win of the season. RCB, on the other hand, were undone by a breezy knock from Yuvraj Singh and ordinary show in the field as well as with the ball. Amidst all this, there were a couple of “Wenger Out” banners raised in the crowd. This was in reference to Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger, who has been charge of the club since 1996. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017
A string of poor results this season sees Arsenal slump to sixth in the Premier League table with 54 points in 29 matches, 18 points behind league leaders Chelsea. Arsenal also had a dreadful season in the UEFA Champions League, where the lost 10-2 on aggregate to German champions Bayern Munich. Fans across England have expressed their fury over Arsenal’s poor season and are demanding someone new to take over the helm at Arsenal. The Premier League teams have huge number of followers in India and it was not surprising to see a few disgruntled fans using the IPL match as a platform to have their say. Indeed, It was also a surprise to see the “Wenger Out” banners at Wrestle Mania 33 at Orlando, but to see the same at an IPL match surely tops that. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: SRH vs RCB, IPL 2017 Match 1
IPL 2017 kick started with a glamorous opening ceremony, in which actress Amy Jackson performed. Legends of Indian cricket – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman too were felicitated for their outstanding contribution to the game. It has been reported that Rahul Dravid missed the event as his flight to Hyderabad was delayed.