Shikhar Dhawan* 77(57); | Kane Williamson 36(57);
Dhawal Kulkarni* 2.5-0-18-0; | D Arcy Short 2-0-9-0
Ravindra Jadeja* 11(7); | Dwayne Bravo 11(7);
Vinay Kumar* 1.5-0-35-0; | Tom Curran 3-0-39-2
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 teamMost matches in T20 League:162 S Raina160 R Sharma/ MS Dhoni153 D Karthik150 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.
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
Right then, Dhawan has got the strike back
"18,866 is the crowd count," pings Kritika, who's been counting this whole time! :O
Jaydev Unadkat [2.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack
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
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 :/"...
Ben Laughlin [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
Bizarre LBW appeal and it's being reviewed as well! Seemed like it pitched outside leg. Let's have a look. Oh yes, certainly it has. Waste of a review
Twitter musings, 2nd innings, #6: "@_rrroy_ the only team that is capable of defending such a low is unfortunately the batting side :) @SunRisers" - Mohammed Moiz (@DastagirMoiz).
Halfway mark and the chase is all but done. Just formalities left now
Run out appeal sent upstairs. Dhawan the man in question but he seems in. Yes, he is
Twitter musings, 2nd innings, #5: "Hyderabad won't miss David Warner much, if Dhawan and Williamson carry this sublime form throughout the tournament." - Sourabh Acharya (@tuned_wordlust).
Twitter musings, 2nd innings, #4: "@_rrroy_ Test of the character for Rahane. I think he is nervous. RAJ is seriously missing Archer's X-factor." - Avais Mirza (@yoursonly_avais).
Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Shreyas Gopal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Deepu chips in with another stat: There have been 14 100+ stands for HYD in T20 League and 13 of them involved Warner. The two out in the middle -- Dhawan and Williamson -- forged the other one, the only one not involving Warner (136 vs DEL, Hyderabad, 2017)
And the umpire shows his watch to signal the strategic time-out. HYD are cruising with Williamson and Dhawan looking in sublime touch. RAJ looking flat and deflated at the moment. Can they inspire a comeback? Just 69 runs needed in 84 balls.
Twitter musings, 2nd innings, #3: "@_rrroy_ The most expensive Indian bowler of this year's T20 League is also expensive with the ball. That's not what @rajasthanroyals expects from him." - Arya Harish (@aryaharish28).
Ben Laughlin, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Gowtham put under pressure in his first over in the T20 League.
Krishnappa Gowtham, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
RAJ turn to spin. Here's K Gowtham with a slip.
Statbuzz: RAJ's innings today was the 11th instance of a team not hitting a six in a completed 20-over innings in T20 League. It was the fourth such instance by RAJ - the most for a team.
Twitter musings, 2nd innings, #2: "@_rrroy_ Unadkat has to get some magical spells worth that 11.5 crore. Halla bol!" - Fzl (@fzlmahmood). A good start, I suppose.
Statbuzz: Dhawan fares the worst against wrist spin since T20 League 2013 - avg. of 24.33 and a dismissal every 21.5 balls. He hits a four every 11.73 balls against them
Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Unadkat to Saha, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Twitter musings, 2nd innings, #1: "@_rrroy_ Don't you think the ex-KOL power-hitter should open the innings with Dhawan? #Exciting #YusufPathan" - Hitarth Raval (@ravalhitarth2). I think you're in for a big surprise mate! :D Saha opening with Dhawan...
Jaydev Unadkat, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
One slip in place for Kulkarni.
Saha and Dhawan are at the crease. Saha is on strike. D Kulkarni will open the attack