Shikhar Dhawan starred with his unbeaten 77 to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a 9-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Monday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, reports sports.ndtv.com.
Earlier, a stellar bowling display by Hyderabad restricted Rajasthan to 125/9 in their 20 overs. Siddarth Kaul was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 2/17 in his four overs. Shakib Al Hasan also took two wickets (2/23) while Rashid Khan (1/23), Billy Stanlake (1/29) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/30) shared a wicket each.
Dhawan was ably supported by skipper Kane Williamson who also remained not out on 36. Chasing a low target of 126 set by Rajasthan, Dhawan made his intentions clear right from the outset. After opener Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed by Jaydev Unadkat in the second over, Dhawan kept the run rate going.
Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane used seven different bowlers to no avail as Dhawan and Williamson chased the target all by themselves in 15.5 overs with 25 balls to spare.
Sanju Samson batted like a lone ranger for the Rajasthan as he top scored for the visitors with a gritty 49 runs before getting dismissed in the 14th over. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (13) tried his best but fell prey to a brilliant catch by Rashid. Shreyas Gopal (18) and Rahul Tripathi (17) chipped in with a few knocks in the middle helping their team reach 125.
127 for 1 (Dhawan 77*, Williamson 36*) beat Rajasthan Royals
125 for 9 (Samson 49, Kaul 2-17, Shakib 2-23) by nine wickets