It was a comfortable win for Kane Williamson and his SRH boys yesterday in the 4th match of the Indian Premier League 2018.
Their bowlers were fantastic to restrict RR for the low score of 125 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
SRH won the toss and chose to bowl first and the bowlers made this opportunity count.
Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short opened the innings for RR and Bhuvi opened the bowling for the home team SRH.
RR didn’t start off well; Arcy Short was out in the 1st over bowled by Bhuvi. It was a direct hit by the SRH skipper Kane Williamson that saw D Arcy short of his ground. Arcy was run out after scoring just 4 runs.
Sanju Samson to support skipper Ajinkya Rahane, Samson batted at number 3 position in this match.
Both the batsmen tried to stabilize the innings after the wicket in the first over.
Rahane turned as the aggressor but perishes to Siddharth Kaul, Rahane tried to play a lofted shot towards deep mid wicket of the full delivery bowled by Kaul but Rashid Khan was perfectly placed there to take a stunning catch. Rahane goes after scoring just 13 runs.
RR was in trouble after losing two quick wickets, all eyes were on the mighty all-rounder Ben Stokes now as he came out to bat.
Samson was the played a good innings but none of the RR batters batted around him.
As Ben Stokes also disappoints, he was out early. Stanlake picked up the wicket of the England all-rounder.
It was a length delivery bowled outside off stump, Ben Stokes drags the lofted shot drive to the long on region where Kane Williamson was ready to pouch on it. Stokes was caught by Williamson for just 5 runs.
After the strategic time out break, Rahul Tripathi came in to bat with Samson, who was still there holding the RR innings together.
Tripathi batted with Samson for some overs but he is good as an opener, he didn’t do well as a middle order batsmen.
Tripathi came down the track to a floated delivery outside off instead of guiding to long on he hits that short a lot straighter to Manish Pandey. Tripathi goes after scoring just 17 runs.
All the pressure was on Sanju Samson to take his team to a good score in their 20 overs.
But he perishes, he couldn’t handle this pressure. A slower wide ball from Shakib, Samson comes down the track and chips it to straight to mid wicket where Rashid Khan holds on to a smart catch. Samson plays a good hand; he goes after scoring 49 runs.
RR was pushed in deep trouble after these two wickets of the set batsmen.
Jos Buttler and Krishnappa Gowtham were the two new batsmen at the crease.
Unfortunately for RR Gowtham goes without scoring.
Kaul bowled a short delivery and Gowtham was nowhere near that, the ball brushed his gloves and went straight to Saha behind the stumps. Gowtham was out caught behind, he was out on 0.
RR was fading away but they still had Jos Buttler, the current best finisher. All eyes were on him now.
But Rashid Khan gave a huge blow to RR in the 17th over; he took the big wicket of Buttler.
Buttler cramped for room as the leg break goes through and rattle the stumps. Jos Buttler was out after scoring just 6 runs.
After Buttler, Shreyas Gopal was also out in quick succession. Bhuvi picked up his wicket.
Gopal looks to tonk the slower ball to the long region, but he didn’t get the desired timing on it. Yusuf Pathan takes the catch and ended the innings of Shreyas Gopal for 18 runs.
Jaydev Unadkat was run out in the last over, he was the man to be dismissed as RR reached 125 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
It wasn’t a good effort from RR boys, SRH bowled very well and restricted Rahane and his men for such low score.
For SRH Shakib Al Hasan and Siddharth Kaul took 2 wickets each with Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake took 1 wicket each to their name.
The chase of a modest total of 126 runs was very easy for SRH batsmen.
Even though they lost Saha very early, but they managed to chase down this low total with ease.
Shikhar Dhawan continued his good T20 form and he was well supported by the captain Kane Williamson.
Saha was out in the first over; Jaydev Unadkat gave SRH the first blow.
Saha looked to clear the infield but slices it to the mid off fielder Laughlin. Saha didn’t use this opportunity; he was out after scoring 5 runs.
Than the match-winning partnership between Dhawan and Williamson takes SRH through to a 9 wicket win over RR.
Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Kane Williamson added unbeaten 120 runs stand which came from just 87 deliveries, that took SRH home comfortably.
Dhawan scored unbeaten 77 runs and Kane Williamson was not out on 36 runs.
SRH won their opening match by 9 wickets and 26 balls to spare.
Man of the match was awarded to Shikhar Dhawan for his fluent 77 runs.