Hyderabad's Siddarth Kaul was the most impressive bowler © AFP
Hyderabad’s Siddarth Kaul was the most impressive bowler © AFP

In match 4 of Indian T20 League 2018, Kane Williamson’s Hyderabad welcomed Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Opting to bowl first, Williamson’s decision proved worthy with an all-round effort in the field restricting batting-heavy Rajasthan to _ for _.

Rahane opened with DA’rcy Short. There were lots of expectations from the Australian opener, but he fell ‘short’ of the crease on a Williamson throw in the first over. Rajasthan’s innings never found the right momentum from there itself. Rajasthan skipper got a run-a-ball 13, and was caught brilliantly by Rashid Khan at deep mid wicket. It was a fine flick from the right-hander but the Afghan player made good ground to pluck the catch.

Sanju Samson continued to generate good pace off the blade, and timed his strokes. He didn’t find much company from big buy, and all-rounder, Ben Stokes. The Englishmen was greeted the wrist-spinner, Rashid, to exploit his weakness. Stokes started off shakily, and resulted in his departure soon. There was a small partnership between Samson and Rahul Tripathi but not enough to brake the shackles.

Rahul, at No. 5, found the fielder trying to take the aerial route. He paid the price in front of Shakib’s accuracy. From thereon, there was a flurry of wickets at a time wherein teams accelerate. From 92 for 3, Rajasthan slipped to 115 for 7, including Jos Buttler’s failure. Shakib was joined by Siddarth Kaul (already dismissed Rahane) and Rashid to decimate Rajasthan.

On a pitch offering plenty for batsmen, Hyderabad bowlers were collectively impressive. Billy Stanlake clocked over 140 kmph, Shakib ensured dot balls, Rashid got turn and Kaul outdid batters with pace. They were also well complimented by the fielders. In addition, Williamson had his men at the right place and spot on with his bowling changes.

Brief Scores

Rajasthan 125 for 9 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 49, Rahul Tripathi 17, Shreyas Gopal 18; Siddarth Kaul 2 for 17, Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 23, Rashid Khan 1 for 23) vs Hyderabad