IPL 2018, SRH vs RR: Shikhar Dhawan's Fire Burns RR Bowlers, Leads SRH To Victory

IPL 2018, SRH vs RR: With Shikhar Dhawan's 77, Sunrisers Hyderabad begin their IPL 2018 journey with a 9-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals

Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, the ousting of Steve Smith and David Warner from the tournament shattered hopes of many cricket fans. And today, when the Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) faced each other, the tweeps termed the clash as boring and uninteresting. The RR batsmen failed to put a good score on the board. On the other hand, Shikhar Dhawan murdered the economy rates of RR bowlers right from the beginning. While chasing a score of 126 runs, he scored a massive 77 runs off 57 balls and helped SRH win the game by 9 wickets.

Here are the glimpses from today’s clash:

23:00 IST And the show is over for tonight. Dhawan ruined the RR bowlers and scored the highest individual total in this tournament so far – 77 runs off 57 balls. Also, a classic and supportive knock from Kane Williamson. SRH Fans will have a good sleep tonight while the Rajasthan followers, better luck next time!

22:49 IST  Dhawan has made the job so easy for his team. Rahane dropped his catch in the first over and now see, what has he done!

22:27 IST And you know how exactly the RR fans are feeling right now? Wait for it….

22:14 IST SRH off to a terrific start. Though sending Wriddhiman Saha in the opening slot is still an unsolved mystery but the wat ‘Gabbar’ Shikhar Dhawan is batting, he’s putting immense pressure on the opponents and their owners as well.

21:39 IST It’s an innings break. Rajasthan terribly failed to put a good total on the board. On the other hand, SRH bowlers just tore opponent’s batting line-up apart. RR – 125/9. SRH needs 126 runs to win!

21:34 IST It’s a tough day for Rajasthan in the office today. Overall, the fans are finding it, you know, boring!

21:22 IST Unlike Chennai, Rajasthan seem to have failed to make the most of their comeback. The top order collapsed and the middle order is struggling. A strong team on the paper but nothing visible on the field.

21:08 IST It seems Rashid Khan has been specially trained by VVS Laxman for taking acrobatic catches. This guy is not only grabbing the balls but also performing some serious gymnastic moves. Sliding, running across quickly just to catch the ball safely.

20: 53 IST: There are few empty stands visible in today’s game. No Warner or Smith reason behind it? Meanwhile, after 12 overs RR were 87/3. Will they be able to touch 170 from here?

20:50 IST While everybody is missing Smith and Warner, there is something which has caught the attention of SRH bowler Billy Stanlake. No, no, not his bowling (as of now) but his height. Yeah, we hardly find tall cricketers in India now a days.

20:41 IST Rashid Khan is winning the internet tonight. Just 1 run from his first over and the big man Ben Stokes is figuring out, what the hell to do. This Afghani spinner is undoubtedly a gem, the Tweeps are saying so and much more!

20:28 IST See, I told you guys. Warner and Smith are the most cricketers tonight. The fans are missing them so much that the duo is ruling the MEME WAR on Twitter. What if there no sandpapers in the world…

20:16 IST The SRH has started off well and look who is getting all the praises? It’s the Afghani spin wizard Rashid Khan. The young spinner is looking confident on the field. So, what do you think, how many wicket for this lad tonight?

20:10 IST IPL debut for D’Arcy Short and what just happened. Shayad usey Indian batsmen ke run-out karane ki aadat ka pata nahi tha. Short fell short of the crease.

20:03 IST The game has begun and the fans are missing David Warner. And what probably Warner might be doing? Watching this clash, obviously!

19:48 IST Yes, it happened during the toss. Williamson needs to remember his teammates’ names!

19:43 IST And here are the playing XI of both the sides:

SRH: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul

RR: Ajinkya Rahane(c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson(w), Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jos Buttler, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

19:35 IST Well, well, well! The local team, SRH have won the toss and they are in a mood to chase. Williamson invited Rahane & Co. to bat first.

19:33 IST: Two maybe?

19:27 IST: Why less crowd today? Missing Warner & Smith?

19:24 IST:  Toss Time! SRH skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and will bowl first.

19:15 IST: That’s what happened last night. KKR registered an easy win over Virat Kohli-led RCB.

19:10 IST:  Let’s focus on the game at hand.  ‘Gabbar’ Shikhar Dhawan needs to score at least a run in this game, otherwise, if he goes for a duck in this game, he will be the third SRH batsman with most ducks. Ahem, ahem! Dhawan, are you listening?

19:00 IST: Fans will be missing ‘Jai-Veeru’ of cricket, Steve Smith and David Warner in today’s game. The duo were barred by the BCCI from taking part in the IPL after their role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa! Tsk, Tsk! Cheating and that TOO IN THE GENTLEMAN’S GAME! It was a dark day for cricket fans. Though some feel CA announced too harsh a punishment. But cheating is cheating.