The Revamped Royals couldn’t get the better of the home team, Sunrisers.
Much like the other three captains at the toss, Kane Williamson opted to bowl first as well.
Williamson removed Short with a good throw; Rahane’s rash-hit resulted in an easy catch to Rashid Khan; Sanju Samson started off well, but the fall of wickets around him, changed his momentum and in the end, he went for 49.
No one grabbed the opportunity of playing in the eleven and scored for the team as Rajasthan ended with 125 in their 20 overs. A below par total.
Kudos to Williamson for perfect team selection, and bowling change. Everyone was among the wickets today and economical as well. Shakib Al Hasan, S Kaul picked up two wickets each while the other three bowlers collected one apiece.
Saha and Dhawan opened the batting for the hosts. Saha went early; Rahane dropped a sitter off Dhawan at the slip. From then on, Dhawan smashed all around the park, added an unbroken partnership with Kane. On the other end, Kane played his anchor role very well.
Sunrisers got to the total within 16th over losing just one wicket. Dhawan was unbeaten on 77 and captain Kane on 36*.
To conclude, Hyderabad executed their plans well. The team went in with only five bowlers, which is a gamble when it comes to T20 cricket. Fortunately for Hyderabad, everyone raised up to the occasion to take the team home and made Warner’s absence unfelt. If Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan continue to perform well at the top like they did today and if the bowlers do their job well. Hyderabad has a great chance to win the trophy.