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Hyderabad vs Rajasthan - 4th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date & Time: 09 April 2018

Hyderabad 127/1 (15.5 Ovs) RR: 8.02 | Hyderabad won by 9 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Wriddhiman Saha c Laughlin & b Unadkatc Laughlin & b Unadkat5510
Shikhar Dhawan Not OutNot Out7757131
Kane Williamson Not OutNot Out363531
Manish Pandey dnbdnb0000
Deepak Hooda dnbdnb0000
Yusuf Pathan dnbdnb0000
Shakib Al Hasan dnbdnb0000
Rashid Khan dnbdnb0000
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dnbdnb0000
Billy Stanlake dnbdnb0000
Siddarth Kaul dnbdnb0000
Extras 9 (b 4, lb 1, w 3, nb 1)
Total 127 (1 Wkts, 15.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
6-1 (Wriddhiman Saha,1.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Dhawal Kulkarni2.5 0 18 0 7.20
Jaydev Unadkat3 0 28 1 9.33
Krishnappa Gowtham1 0 9 0 9.00
Ben Laughlin2 0 20 0 10.00
Shreyas Gopal3 0 17 0 5.67
Ben Stokes2 0 21 0 10.50
D Arcy Short2 0 9 0 4.50
Ajinkya Rahane0 0 0 0 0
Sanju Samson0 0 0 0 0
Rahul Tripathi0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0


That's a wrap to today's T20 League coverage. After a nail-biting finish in the tournament opener, we've had three rather dull games in a row. Tonight's one being the most one-sided of them all. Let's hope that changes soon and it could, tomorrow itself. A big game as the Chennai gear themselves up to host the Kolkata at Chepauk. It's the first home game for Dhoni's men in 3 years and therefore, expect a crackling atmosphere. We'll be up nice and early for the coverage. Do join us for all the entertainment. Till then, this is Hariprasad signing off on behalf of my mates Pradeep, Rishi, Pratyush, Sriram and our scorer Siva. Cya!

A few number crunches from Deepu Narayanan to wrap up today's proceedings:

Wins with most balls to spare for HYD:
37 v DEL, HYD, 2013 (Target: 81)
31 v GUJ, Rajkot, 2016 (Target: 136)
27 v GUJ, HYD, 2017 (Target: 136)
26 v RAJ, HYD, 2018 (Target: 126)

Today's RAJ innings was the 11th instance of a team not hitting a six in a completed 20-overs innings in T20 League. It was the fourth such instance by RAJ - the most for a team

Most matches in T20 League:
162 S Raina
160 R Sharma/ MS Dhoni
153 D Karthik
150 V Kohli/ R Uthappa/ Yusuf Pathan (today)

Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: "I enjoy playing long innings. It benefits the team, it benefits me. Trying to stretch the good form as long as possible and score big runs for as long as I can. I've been playing more aggressively since South Africa series and the Sri Lanka series, and not just in this T20 League. So I'm just continuing with that formula, and I'm happy with it. We have a very balanced team, which is the strength of our side, and that is the key. We have started the tournament on a good note, and hopefully that'll help us and give us the momentum for the rest of the tournament."

Kane Williamson: "No doubt we missed Davey (Warner). He's been a fantastic player for a lot of years. Good to see everyone stepping up. Guys were great on the field and all did their roles well. It was nice to see people step up well with both bat and ball. All the bowlers certainly played their part. We got wickets at key times, but it was important we fielded well. We took some really good catches. A team effort. Yes, there are small areas we can still improve. (On bowling a lot of short balls) It wasn't a planned thing, the surface was such that the short ball was coming on nicely. There was something for the pacers and the spinners while the batsmen were also to score runs. A fair surface actually. (On Dhawan's innings) I had the best seat in the house, he hit it really well. The intent was great from ball one. Saha also showed intent from the start. Hopefully we can keep it up in the coming games as well."

Siddarth Kaul: "It's a pretty good feeling to win the game. I was working hard in the domestic season and in the nets as well. Glad, it came good today. Hitting the right areas was the plan for me. It was a small total but we had great experience in the batting and they played well (Shikhar and Williamson). We are missing him (David Warner), but the players are coping up with the loss and they know what to do exactly. I am looking forward to the next game."

Ajinkya Rahane: "We thought 126 was on the lower side. When we were batting we thought 160 would be a great total. We did quite well as a bowling unit, but the Hyderabad were excellent with the ball. Sanju (Samson) and I tried to back our game but lost too many wickets in the middle, and that's where we lost the game. I think the lack of one big partnership is what cost us. Even one partnership would have given us a more competitive total. I'm very unhappy with the dropped catch. I work very hard on my fielding during practice, but it's a part and parcel of the game - you have some bad days. It's the first game, and we have to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them in future."

23:06 Local Time: A very one-sided contest in the end. 125 was never going to be enough anyway but the way Dhawan played, made it a mockery. He was dropped on 0 though by the usually safe Rahane and the Rajasthan will regret it badly. Not that the visitors would have won if that was taken but certainly, might have stretched the game close perhaps. As things panned out, Dhawan continued on his merry ways to smash an unbeaten half-century, keeping up with his fab form that's started since last June. The win though, was set up by HYD's bowlers who were exceptional on a track that was two-paced. The RAJ batsmen also didn't help their cause by not reading the surface well. A total of around 145-150 would have been more than handy on this pitch but wickets at regular intervals hurt them bad.

D Kulkarni to Dhawan, FOUR, crunchy blow to end the game! Shortish and sits up nicely for Dhawan who rocks back to slam the pull over mid-wicket. Blazed away to the fence and with that, the Hyderabad have stormed to a win in their season opener
D Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, another dot! Dhawan was moving around in the crease and then gets across the stumps, Kulkarni though just keeps his calm to bowl a pinpoint wide yorker. Just bordering on the tramline but that's fine
D Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, back of a length around off, Dhawan flat-bats it hard but straight to mid-off. Ah, this is taking a bit longer
D Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, good slower ball, shortish in length and Dhawan was well early into the shot before deciding to let it pass
D Kulkarni to Dhawan, no run, short of a length and very wide outside off, Dhawan tries to reach it with a flashy cut but misses

Dhawal Kulkarni [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

Just a blow away are HYD. Who is going to do that is the question

D Arcy Short to Williamson, no run, a bit short and around off, Williamson stays back and crunches it towards cover, cannot pick the gap and seems a bit frustrated with himself
D Arcy Short to Williamson, no run, floated up around leg, Williamson gets across a bit and paddles it to short fine leg
D Arcy Short to Dhawan, 1 run, another skiddy half-tracker around off, Dhawan cuts it hard towards point where the fielder cannot make a clean stop
D Arcy Short to Dhawan, no run, flatter and shorter around off, Dhawan chops the cut towards point

Right then, Dhawan has got the strike back

D Arcy Short to Williamson, 1 run, floated up outside leg, very full and Williamson flicks it away to deep mid-wicket
D Arcy Short to Dhawan, 1 run, tossed up nicely around off, Dhawan was looking for that booming shot to end the game. Ends up mistiming it down the ground to long-on

"18,866 is the crowd count," pings Kritika, who's been counting this whole time! :O

Unadkat to Dhawan, 1 run, good work at short fine leg, the fielder gets across to his right and makes a tumbling stop to save a certain boundary. This was angling in on off, Dhawan gets across with a nice shuffle and clips it with a neat deflection off his pads
Unadkat to Williamson, 1 run, a cutter that's slightly shorter in length, Williamson makes a bit of room and whacks it to sweeper cover
Unadkat to Williamson, 2 runs, shortish and a bit of width outside off, Williamson stands tall and slaps it away. Gets it well to the right of sweeper cover who does well to stop it with a run-and-slide
Unadkat to Williamson, no run, cracking shot but couldn't pick the gap. Williamson made room by backing away and smoked this length ball with a feisty drive on the up. Straight to the fielder at cover
Unadkat to Williamson, 2 runs, back of a length on leg, Williamson swivels to pull it comfortably over a leaping mid-wicket fielder. Long-on gets around to his right to mop up
Unadkat to Williamson, no run, short of a length around middle and off, cramps Williamson whos dabs it towards the gully region

Jaydev Unadkat [2.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack

D Arcy Short to Dhawan, byes, FOUR, that's beaten everyone! For a moment, I thought it was a genuine edge but it wasn't. D Arcy Short gets this to spin away from a fuller length and the drastic turn beats Dhawan's attempted drive. Buttler also fails to react in time and with no slip in place, free runs it is
D Arcy Short to Dhawan, no run, premeditated charge down the track but the length is cleverly shortened. Dhawan misses the flick and wears it high on the pad
D Arcy Short to Dhawan, no run, slightly short and outside off, Dhawan chops the cut towards the man at point
D Arcy Short to Dhawan, 2 runs, fired in around middle and off, Dhawan tucks it with soft hands towards the vacant spaces in the mid-wicket region. Big ground dimensions as well and it's an easy two
D Arcy Short to Dhawan, no run, full and outside off, squeezed back towards the off-side
D Arcy Short to Dhawan, FOUR, that's a freebie from D Arcy Short and Dhawan isn't going to miss out. Not in this carnage mode of his. Stays back and pulls it hard to the deep mid-wicket fence

D Arcy Short, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

11.7 Okay, this ball is officially the seventh ball of the over. Things we see. Laughlin to Dhawan, 1 run, short ball pulled round the corner

Laughlin to Dhawan, FOUR, what a sound off the blade! Gee, he just nailed that one, did Dhawan. Back of a length and plenty of width outside off, Dhawan just leant into it and slap-punched on the up. Gets it past a diving mid-off fielder and it speeds away. Considering the form he has been of late and the way he has played today, he is bound to light this T20 League up
Laughlin to Williamson, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Williamson leans into the drive and carves it towards deep point
Laughlin to Dhawan, 1 run, dug in short around middle and leg, Dhawan swivels to pull it away to deep square leg
Laughlin to Dhawan, no run, very full and on off stump, Dhawan stays a touch leg-side of the ball and drives to mid-off
Laughlin to Williamson, 1 run, shortish len gth close to off, Williamson gets back and dabs it towards the gully region

Twitter musings, 2nd innings, #7: "Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, If Hyderabad gonna win the title, Shikhar Dhawan is the Key " - Mohammed Darain Shahid (@path_of_psycho). Gee, that's just a glorified "East or west :/"...

Laughlin to Williamson, no run, on a length on middle and leg, Williamson shuffles and flicks but it's well stopped by short mid-wicket

Ben Laughlin [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

Shreyas Gopal to Williamson, 1 run, a half-tracker around off, pulled away towards deep mid-wicket
Shreyas Gopal to Williamson, FOUR, kaboooooom! That's been smashed to pulp and it's Williamson who has done it. Things that an T20 League season does. Even the gracious batsmen look for power. Uses his feet and smacks it hard over the bowler's head. Gopal may have thought about a return catch but there was no time at all to react, chose to wisely save himself


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