Yuvraj Singh scored his fastest IPL fifty    AFP
Yuvraj Singh scored his fastest IPL fifty AFP

Half-centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques lit up the opening match of the 10th edition of IPL, in 2017, powering Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a formidable 207 for 4 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Electing to field first, the Shane Watson-led RCB were pummelled for runs right from the beginning from the defending champions, with Shikhar Dhawan scoring a vital 31-ball 40 and adding 74 runs at almost 9 an over. Henriques scored a 37-ball 52 but the limelight was hogged by Yuvraj, who raced to his fastest half-century in IPL, off a mere 23 balls. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017

Yuvraj was at his brutal best on Wednesday night, clobbering 7 boundaries and 3 sixes to score 67 off a mere 27 balls. The vintage Yuvraj was all over the RCB bowlers, who looked clueless as he rolled the years back. He was ruthless against anything short, pulling with a lot of power towards leg. He even spotted a slower delivery from Tymal Mills towards the end to send it sailing over the ropes, proving how good he was watching the ball. Earlier in the innings, a six over cover had helped Yuvraj make his intentions clear. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: SRH vs RCB, IPL 2017 Match 1

On a wicket replete with runs and taking field without their stalwarts in Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and KL Rahul, Bangalore hoped for a better performance with the ball in order to restrict them for a chaseable target. But David Warner pulled off the early fireworks before perishing to the left-arm seamer Aniket Choudhary. Warner began the IPL 10 with a four past point off the third ball of the tournament, from Mills, and hit over mid-off for his second boundary in the next over. Choudhary, who claimed the wicket of Warner, was hit for a huge six over deep mid-wicket off a free hit. However, Warner fell on the next ball, making the mistake of playing in the air; Mandeep Singh took a sharp catch at point.

Warner s dismissal had no impact on the Sunrisers Hyderabad whatsoever. Dhawan and Henriques kept the momentum going. Despite a horrible mix-up that could have resulted in Henriques getting run out, the batsmen gave no room to the opposition side to capitalise on.

RCB kept manoeuvring their bowlers but Sunrisers had already found their rhythm. After the first 6 overs SRH were 59 for 1 with Dhawan hammering RCB s stand-in captain Shane Watson for 17 runs off his first over, which included as many as 4 boundaries.

Dhawan and Henriques added 74 runs for the second wicket, scoring at almost 9 an over. Not a single opportunity to hit fours or sixes was missed, and the running between the wickets improved as the partnership progressed. Both Dhawan and Henriques found gaps, and the rotation of strike was seamless.

RCB tried out seven bowlers in the first 11 overs without much success. Boundaries flowed easily for Sunrisers and the trend seemed to continue when Stuart Binny came on. Dhawan picked up a slower ball very early, he got on his knees and steered it past the short fine-leg for his fifth boundary. Dhawan, however, could not execute another big stroke when he danced down the track on the next ball, looking to clear long-on.

Sachin Baby took a simple catch to end Dhawan s hopes of a fifty in the tournament opener, ending his innings at 40 off 31 balls with 5 boundaries.

Yuvraj began with a couple of strokes in the gaps for two runs each, and opened up with the bowlers providing him the width. He collected 18 runs off the 13th over of the innings from Aniket, getting his first boundary off an inside edge but followed it up with a terrific stroke over cover for six. A short ball followed and Yuvraj hammered it for four. Luck favoured Yuvraj as well when Sreenath Aravind spilled a regulation catch at deep square-leg off the final ball; Yuvraj rubbed it in with four off a short ball from Watson in the next over.

Meanwhile, Henriques continued to collect runs and brought up the first half-century of the tournament with a six. He had played excellent supportive roles to Dhawan earlier and then Yuvraj, but fell right after his half-century as Henriques decided to open up. He was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal, caught by Sachin Baby at long-on once again. Henriques 52 runs came off 37 balls, 3 boundaries and 2 sixes.

Bangalore used as many as seven bowlers overall, but only four of them got wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick among the bowlers with 1 for 22 in 4 overs.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 207 for 4 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 40, Moises Henriques 52, Yuvraj Singh 67; Yuzvendra Chahal 1 for 22) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore