IPL 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals: Dhawan, Williamson flatten RR

IPL 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals: Dhawan, Williamson flatten RR

The ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket and its subsequent fall-out directly affected two teams in the Indian Premier League - the Rajasthan Royals and the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

After first up losses the Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils will look to launch their IPL in Jaipur on Wednesday night.

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It would be no surprise if Jofra Archer came in for Ben Laughlin for this game as the fourth overseas player.

Kane Williamson was lauded for his captaincy tactics in the first match and people feel that he is the flawless replacement for David Warner. Then spin twins Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan applied the brakes in the middle overs, finishing with combined figures of 3 for 46 off eight overs to derail Royals.

Manish Pandey was expected to open the innings along with Dhawan but playing him in the middle-order makes a lot more sense.

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Deepak Hooda would be the flawless choice for the number 5 slot in the batting line-up. It was never going to be easy for Delhi to regain control after such an assault and when Karun Nair, another talented batsman, batted equally well to get to a fifty, the game was over for the Delhi boys.

Sooner or later they'll bring in the mercurial Glenn Maxwell with veteran Aussie all-rounder Dan Christian or Kiwi opener Colin Munro the players most likely to give way.

Hyderabad's excellence with the ball had made for stunning viewing earlier in the evening as each of the five bowlers brought a different skill-set to the table. His innings included 13 fours and one six.

For sunrisers, lack a quality Indian spinner shouldn't be a concern since they have two of the world's top spinners in Rashid Khan and Shakib-Al-Hasan. He is one of the contenders for the Purple Cap this year.

At the moment, there are only a few chinks in the armour for SRH while MI, disrupted by injury, have a problem or two to sort with the bowling line up along with sorting the batting order to utilize batsmen to their best abilities. From there on he did not put a foot wrong and scored a swashbuckling 77 in just 57 balls. But these performances were overshadowed by the exploits of pacer Siddharth Kaul who got the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Krishnappa Gowtham.

In his first game for the new franchise who acquired him for a steal at INR 50 lakhs (US$ 78,000 approx), Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake used his 6 " 7 height to generate zip and awkward bounce to bowl four impressive overs that also fetched him the big scalp of Ben Stokes for 5. The former will be hoping to bounce back after witnessing in the first match itself how it feels when victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat like Chennai Super Kings did.

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