Yuvraj, bowlers fashion dominant win for Sunrisers

Defending Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad got their campaign off to a bright start with a 35-run win over last year’s finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Half-centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques played a role in Sunrisers getting to 207/4, in reply to which RCB were all out for 172. Ashish Nehra, Ben Cutting and Rashid Khan picked up two wickets each.

We break down the match in five passages of play that helped determine the outcome of the match.

Dhawan, Henriques lay ideal foundation for Sunrisers

Stand-in skipper Shane Watson won the toss and decided to back his batsmen to chase down the runs. Debuts were handed to Aniket Choudhary and Tymal Mills in the RCB dugout while Rashid Khan became the first cricketer from Afghanistan to play an IPL game. On a surface that looked good for batting, David Warner began proceedings with a couple of boundaries and huge six over long-on off left-arm seamer Aniket Choudhary. Choudhary however got his man when Warner’s slash found Mandeep Singh at backward point.
Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques added 74 runs for the second wicket. They ran well between the wickets and kept the scoreboard moving. Dhawan seemed to have taken his Deodhar Trophy form into this match and he looked ominous when he scored four boundaries off Shane Watson’s first over. Henriques at the other end chanced his arms to hit a six over long-on off Travis Head and scored 52 off 37 balls. They’d scored at over nine an over to take the Sunrisers to 88/1 at the end of nine overs.

Vintage Yuvraj knock takes Sunrisers to 207/4


First over after the strategic time-out, Dhawan failed to connect Stuart Binny and found the fielder at long on. Soon after, Yuzvendra Chahal got a threatening-looking Henriques out caught at long-off. Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh, who had walked out at the fall of Dhawan’s wicket, began belting the RCB bowlers. Clean, crisp fours started to flow off his bat. He waded a pull and a lofted off drive off Choudhary for six and followed it with another pull for four off him next over.

On 27, Srinath Aravind put down Yuvraj at deep square leg and the let-off allowed him to score his fastest IPL half-century off 23 balls. Yuvraj’s innings had seven attractive fours and three crunching sixes. Yuvraj and Henriques added 58 vital runs to take Sunrisers past 150 by the 15-over mark. The left-hander finally fell for a 27-ball 62, after which Ben Cutting (16 off 6) and Deepak Hooda (16 off 12) took Sunrisers over 200.