Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson anchored the innings for Hyderabad © AFP
Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson anchored the innings for Hyderabad © AFP

Where Chennai made a comeback in the Indian T20 league in a dramatic fashion with 1 wicket win over Mumbai, Rajasthan were no where closer to that. They dished out the most unromantic tale with no batting efforts, sloppy fielding and erratic bowling. Barring Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi and Shreyas Gopal, none could get to the double digit score. The absence of calm yet fiery captain and batsman Steven Smith hurt Rajasthan terribly. For Hyderabad, it was a comprehensive win despite the absence David Warner.

After the bowlers restricted Rajasthan to a sub-par total, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson made the run-chase look like a cake walk with timely strokes. Here is how the players from both teams have fared after their first match in Indian T20 league:

Rajasthan: 

Marks out of 10 for Match No.3 of Indian T20 league 2018
Players Performance Rating
Ajinkya Rahane 13 (13) 3.5/10
D’Arcy Short 4 (4) 2/10
Sanju Samson 49 (42) 7/10
Ben Stokes 5 (8), 2-0-21-0 2/10
Rahul Tripathi 17 (15) 4/10
Jos Buttler 6 (9) 2/10
Krishnappa Gowtham 0 (2), 1-0-9-0 1/10
Shreyas Gopal 18 (18), 3-0-17-0 4.5/10
Dhawal Kulkarni 3* (4), 2.5-0-18-0 1/10
Jaydev Unadkat 1 (2), 3-0-28-1 2/10
Ben Laughlin 1* (3), 1c, 2-0-20-0 2.5/10

Rajasthan Team average: 2.8

Hyderabad:

Marks out of 10 for Match No.3 of Indian T20 league 2018
Players Performance Rating
Wriddhiman Saha 5 (5), 1c 2/10
Shikhar Dhawan 77* (57) 8/10
Kane Williamson 36 (35), 1c, 1 run-out 8/10
Manish Pandey c1 1/10
Deepak Hooda N/A N/A
Yusuf Pathan c1, 1 run-out 1.5/10
Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-23-2 6/10
Rashid Khan 2c, 4-0-23-1 5/10
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-30-1 3/10
Billy Stanlake 4-0-29-1 3/10
Siddarth Kaul 4-0-17-2 3/10

Hyderabad Team average: 3.6

Can see the stark difference on what went wrong for Rajasthan. Dhawan and Williamson looked in full mood to play the party spoilers for Rajasthan and did that with much ease.

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) lost to Hyderabad 126 for 1 in 15.5 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 77*, Kane Williamson 36*; Jaydev Unadkat 1 for 28) by 9 wickets

Player of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan