Both these sides lost their opening match but Rajasthan look the stronger and better balanced of the two and shouldn't be outsiders on their own patch, according to Jamie Pacheco.
Dhawan ended not out on 77 hitting the winning runs with 29 balls to spare and Williamson unbeaten on 36. Heinrich Klaasen was the new added member to the side who did not play the opening game. "Hopefully we can keep it up in the coming games as well", he concluded. He had the ideal preparation for the IPL with a 22 ball century in a local T20 game in Kolkata prior to the tournament and will look to do much of the same in this tournament as well.
Here is a match Highlights of Sunrisers Hyderabad batting overs.
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Deepak Hooda would be the ideal choice for the number 5 slot in the batting line-up. He will look to make a mark for himself and get the selectors to take note of his performances. 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. "Getting a good start in the first six overs, that was the key, and we got that I always believed that it was a wicket where one big partnership or (if) one set batsman can bat through the innings that really would've helped". There wasn't great purchase in terms of gripping turn for Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan, but the Afghan leggie and the Bangladeshi left-arm spinner were both accurate, forcing Rajasthan to go looking for strokes and thus making one mistake after another.
Shikhar Dhawan's 77 not out against Rajasthan is his highest IPL score while chasing. He is one of the contenders for the Purple Cap this year.
It will be interesting to see whether the curator Y.L. Chandrasekhar, named "best curator of IPL" a few times, will offer another sporting wicket as the home team brains-trust of head coach Tom Moody, bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan and mentor V.V.S. Laxman should be naturally keen to see the attack exploits the familiar conditions once again. Sunrisers conceded only 12 boundaries and no sixes against Rajasthan in the first game. In Match 1 CSK, riding on some last moment heroics from Dwayne Bravo; snatched victory from MI's jaws and beat them by one-wicket.
Each of the five bowlers used got among the wickets and each performed their task with aplomb, Siddarth Kaul ended as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 for 17 from his four. He will hope to perform well in the rest of the tournament and get the selectors to notice his performances.