While Rajasthan Royals were crushed by Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday, Delhi was outclassed by a resilient KXIP in Mohali on Sunday. Gautam Gambhir-led side has no option but to get acclimatised to the conditions and put up a strong show in order to get better of the hosts.
Williamson too continued in the same vain as the duo put on an unbeaten 120-run stand off 87 deliveries for the second wicket to take SRH home with 25 balls remaining at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Shikhar Dhawan slammed a half-century, Williamson warmed up with an attractive knock and the home fans returned home a happy lot.
In their chase, SRH lost Wriddhiman Saha for 5 in the second over bowled by Jaydev Unadkat. Dhawal Kulkarni was the bowler. RR are beginning to tumble now. SRH defeated them by 9 wickets, courtesy aggressive innings from Shikhar Dhawan. Sanju Samson top-scored with 49. Both Rajasthan, back in the tournament after serving a two-year suspension because of a match-fixing row, and Hyderabad will not only miss the leadership of their designated regular captains but also their able frontline batsmen.
Short only contributed four runs to his team's efforts before he was run out by Williamson.
Just when things seemed good in the middle, Rahane was dismissed in the seventh over by Sidharth Kaul.
While the batting of SRH was top class, it won't be wrong to say that it was their bowlers who nearly won the game for them during the first inning itself by taking consistent wickets and restricting the opposition at just 125. Both the teams have suffered when Cricket Australia banned David Warner and Steve Smith for one year. Some research huh!. In terms of completeness of a bowling unit, SRH ticked all the boxes as they had variety needed to get ten wickets.
Coincidentally, the two teams clashed in their first first game this season. The likes of Rashid Khan, Shakib Al-Hasan and Siddarth Kaul were unplayable, they took every single catch that came their way and added two run-outs to the equation.
With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.