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  • 11:54 PM IST

    RCB 172 all-out in 19.4 overs, Choudhary 6*: All over! SRH win by 35 runs. They were always red hot favourties after posting over 200 on board. A complete match for the hosts. They will be pleased with Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh’s knocks. Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting continued to add sparks to the line-up. Rashid Khan got two big scalps in his debut IPL. David Warner will be content with his bowlers’ efforts who still have Mushfiqur Rahim to join the squad soon. RCB’s Aniket Choudhary blasted a maximum before a slow short ball went to mid on wherein Chris Jordan, substitute fielder, hit the bails with Yuzvendra Chahal being well short of the crease. Can’t blame him! The writing was on the wall with an ordinary balling + fielding performance by RCB. They were in the chase until Kedar Jadhav’s dismissal changed the complexion of the game. In this way, RCB have lost their first game in IPL after a long time & SRH have won their first encounter of a new season after a long while as well. That’s it from us but do join us for tomorrow’s game between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant. Goodbye!

  • 11:45 PM IST
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  • 11:42 PM IST

    RCB 156/8 in 18 overs, Mills 0*, Chahal 0*: One cannot rule out Nehraji from the contest. Sure he went for 40 in his first 3 overs but came hard in the last one. Conceding only two runs and getting the scalps of Watson and Aravind, he was on a hattrick before Chahal denied the experienced campaigner a remarkable feat in 20-over cricket. Nonetheless, the match is well and truly SRH’s. RCB require 52 off 12 balls. Tymal Mills is in the middle but the franchise had not bought him for his batting skills. Lost cause….

  • 11:37 PM IST

    RCB 154/6 in 17 overs, Watson 20*, Aravind 0*: Excellent over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. SRH are showing how much they rely on their pace battery. He gets rid of Stuart Binny and gives away only 3 runs in such a tight situation for the chasing side. All seems lost now for RCB. Ahh, how much they must have missed KL Rahul, ABD and Kohli tonight.

  • 11:30 PM IST

    RCB 151/5 in 16 overs, Watson 18*, Binny 10*: Binny and Watto have to produce something breath taking here at Hyderabad. It looks unlikely with the depth in SRH’s bowling. Ben Cutting conceded 12 off the last over but still the required run-rate is over 14. Never easy to keep slogging in every over. Still, such chases have been pulled off in style in IPL history. Are we in for something special tonight as well? The late onslaught needs to start soon before the game gets out of control for RCB. To top it all, this is the last batting pair for the visitors.

  • 11:24 PM IST

    RCB 139/5 in 15 overs, Watson 13*, Binny 3*: Stuart Binny joins Watson in the middle with his side tottering. Rashid Khan has bowled out his quota of overs conceding 36 runs and taking two important scalps. He went for a maximum, dropping it short, but should be happy with his spell. Game well in balance for SRH and only a special captain’s innings from Watto can save the day for RCB.

  • 11:21 PM IST

    RCB 128/5 in 13.4 overs, Watson 5*: Undoubtedly, RCB falling apart ever since that flat throw got rid of Kedar Jadhav. Travis Head went for an ambitious shot but Rashid’s delivery with extra bounce, probably a googly, get him caught at deep by Yuvraj Singh. In the very next over, Bipul Sharma sent Sachin Baby packing for single as he tried to flick one and mistimed it to get caught inside the inner circle. Shane Watson standing in the other end seeing his side fall from other end.

  • 11:09 PM IST

    RCB 118/3 in 12 overs, Head 25*, Watson 1*: We were talking, here at CricketCountry’s newsroom, about Kedar Jadhav’s unprecedented rise in limited overs cricket since the past 6-7 months. He was threatening to take the game away from SRH with a well paced innings but a splendid throw by Ben Cutting surprised not only Jadhav, but everyone watching the match. He sent Jadhav packing for 31 who was miles away from the crease as a flat throw from Cutting at deep long leg had him short of the crease. This has certainly changed the complexion of the game. Next batsman- Shane Watson!

  • 10:54 PM IST

    RCB 98/2 in 10 overs, Jadhav 19*, Head 19*: Moises Henriques introduced into the attack. He mixed his lengths but RCB still managed to get 13 off him. Running are coming here for RCB but have to keep up with the momentum. On the other hand, a few good overs will pull things under control for SRH. Let’s see how Warner uses and rotates his bowlers. Bhuvi, Rashid and Nehraji hold fort here.

  • 10:49 PM IST

    RCB 85/2 in 9 overs, Jadhav 13*, Head 13*: Strategic time-out! RCB started off in a blistering mode with Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle providing a good platform. Nonetheless, Rashid Khan and Deepak Hooda sent them back in quick succession. Since then, twp composed heads in form of Kedar Jadhav and Travis Head have carried on well. Still, the required run-rate is above 10 per over. Tough ask! Really tough…

  • 10:39 PM IST

    RCB 61/2 in 7 overs, Head 3*, Jadhav 0*: Deepak Hooda has been introduced in the attack. Starts off with a dot ball but then hammered for a huge six over long-off by Chris Gayle. And the six followed with a wicket at the same region; caught by none other than SRH skipper David Warner. The celebration by Warner said it all. Kedar Jadhav has joined Travis Head at the crease.

  • 10:34 PM IST

    RCB 54/1 in 6 overs, Gayle 26*, Head 2*: What a moment for Afghanistan. What a moment for Rashid Khan. The youngster was always in news since making his debut tonight. He has not disappointed by removing Mandeep Singh in his very first over. A flipper does the trick for the Afghan tweaker as Mandeep went for the cut and missed it. What a blow for RCB and on the other hand, what a commendable start for Rashid.

  • 10:24 PM IST

    RCB 43/0 in 4 overs, Mandeep 20*, Gayle 22*: Another good over for RCB. Bhuvi leaks 15 in his second over. Warner must be thinking of shuffling his bowlers from both ends. Never good to see a formidable bowling unit perform like this, but this also shows how good the turf is for batting. Gayle and Mandeep backing themselves up. It will be essential to see how Rashid Khan is used by Warner. He normally bowls in the last ten overs for his national side. Will Warner bring him on to put a lid on the scoring or leave him for the death only?

  • 10:18 PM IST

    RCB 28/0 in 3 overs, Mandeep 13*, Gayle 15*: Never pleasing to see someone as clever as Ashish Nehra going for runs. He has dared to bowl the slower ones to Mandeep Singh’s pads with the field up. As a result, Mandeep has smashed him twice in the deep mid wicket region. To top it all, Gayle gets into the groove as well with a gigantic six in the last ball off the third over. Maybe, Nehraji is trying too much by altering his lengths. A break should do some good for Nehraji.

  • 10:13 PM IST

    RCB 12/0 in 2 overs, Mandeep 10*, Gayle 2*: What a comeback from Bhuvneshwar Kumar after his senior pro, Ashish Nehra, went for 11 in the first over. Only one coming from the second over as Bhuvi begins right on the mark.

  • 10:10 PM IST

    RCB 11/0 in 1 over, Mandeep 10*, Gayle 1*: Mandeep Singh starts off well for RCB. Two brilliant strokes gets RCB off to a flying start in a tall chase. He guided one towards deep mid wicket whereas just put bat on ball to steer one towards the third man region.


    Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets ready to bowl the next over with Chris Gayle on strike. This will be interesting. These two have a history together with Bhuvi getting the better of the Caribbean player more often than not.
  • 9:54 PM IST

    SRH 207/4 in 20 overs, Hooda 16*, Cutting 16*: 16 runs coming off the final over. Watson left himself to bowl the final over and conceded too many in the end. SRH had posted 208 in IPL 2016 final and fell one run short of the same total this time around. Bowling wide at the off stump, Watson had no fielders protecting the deep extra cover as Cutting sliced him for a four. The last delivery was a slow bouncer but the Australian anticipated it well in advance to steer the ball past the boundary and get his side to a formidable total. A big task on hands for RCB who will come out to chase without the likes of KL Rahul, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli…


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  • 9:50 PM IST

    SRH 191/4 in 19 overs, Hooda 15*, Cutting 1*: Finally, Yuvi falls for an entertaining 62. Tymal Mills gets his first IPL wicket in form of Yuvraj. He bowled at the top of middle and leg stump as Yuvraj tried to pull but missed the length to get cleamn bowled. Job done by the left-hander. A great start to IPL 2017 for the big guy.

  • 9:44 PM IST

    SRH 179/3 in 18 overs, Yuvraj 52*, Hooda 14*: No planning whatsoever by the RCB bowlers. They are offering width and bowling short balls needlessly. When there is no deep third man, why offer so much width to a batsman like Yuvraj at this point? He outs the bad balls into the slot to notch up his first fifty in this IPL. Also, this is Yuvraj’s fastest fifty in IPL history. His previous best came in 24 balls; this one coming in 23! Two more overs to go, how much will SRH manage?

  • 9:38 PM IST

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  • 9:34 PM IST

    SRH 162/3 in 17 overs, Yuvraj 47*, Hooda 4*: RCB depend on Tymal Mills to keep SRH under 180 or 190. He does a commendable job conceding only 7 in such a stage of the innings. He mixed his lengths and bowled the slower ones to perfection. His slower ones are actually ‘slow’. It is a learning curve for the youngsters to follow Mills when he bowls his slower deliveries. It is more of a back-of-the-hand which drops dead in front of the batsman. Not an easy picking for anyone. Will Yuvi read him in his last over?

  • 9:29 PM IST

    SRH 155/2 in 16 overs, Yuvraj 42*, Hooda 2*: Commendable effort from Chahal. He concedes only 4 runs in bowling in the last five overs. Thus, he completes his spell giving away only 22 runs and taking one scalp. Nonetheless, there was lots happening in the over as a mistimed shot from Yuvi landed safe despite being in the inner circle. To top it all, he went for a maximum but a blinder of an effort from Mandeep Singh, at the ropes, saved vital runs for his side. He almost got rid of the danger man by diving in the air. It could have been the catch-of-the-tournament, but surely he saved few runs at this crucial juncture of the game.

  • 9:18 PM IST

    SRH 151/2 in 15 overs, Henriques 52*, Yuvraj 40*: Sanjay Mangrekar interacts with Virat Kohli and Kohli has rightly quoted, “It is good for Indian cricket, not so good for RCB right now”- talking about Yuvi’s knock. How much will Yuvi get today, folks? Meanwhile, Henriques gets a well deserved 50 and Yuvi is nearing him batting at 40. 19 coming off the 15th over by Aravind. Bad time to be a bowler! Sigh…

  • 9:10 PM IST

    SRH 124/2 in 13 overs, Henriques 38*, Yuvraj 27*: It is getting back to the 2007 zone. Yuvi is ruling here at Hyderabad. Aniket Choudhary has had a forgettable debut. The poor lad has seen it all. A no-ball, free hit, big sixes and the big wicket of David Warner. Nonetheless, do not take anything away from Yuvraj. He is reading the mind of the hapless bowler who has bowled some needless short balls to a left-hander who sits back comfortably and waits for them to pull, flick and send the ball across the ropes.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    SRH 106/2 in 12 overs, Henriques 38*, Yuvraj 10*: RCB need to be wary of Yuvraj here. He is looking in full mood to lead the late onslaught with just 8 overs in hand. A vintage Yuvi-flick was the highlight of the 12th over, bowled by Aravind. Henriques has taken the backseat with Yuvraj looking to blast the ball in all corners of the park.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    SRH 98/2 in 11 overs, Henriques 36*, Yuvraj 4*: Finally a breakthrough. I am sure not many would have thought Stuart Binny to get rid of Dhawan. He was looking very good but fell going for a glory shot. Maybe he was outdone by the pace of the ball. Binny, being a medium pacer, bowled a full length delivery as Dhawan’s toe-end of the bat got him out for a well-made 40. Yuvraj Singh comes in the middle. The onus is on him with a good platform provided by Henriques and Dhawan.

  • 8:53 PM IST

  • 8:51 PM IST

    SRH 88/1 in 10 overs, Dhawan 36*, Henriques 34*: Aniket Choudhary comes into bowl his second over. He almost got another scalp as a mistimed shot from Dhawan landed in no-man’s land. A much better over from Aniket as he mixed his lengths and conceded only 4 off his second over. Who will bowl from the other end as Watson has been constantly shuffling his bowlers. Mills has two overs left whereas Chahal has only 1 over up his sleeve.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 10 opener © IANS
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 10 opener © IANS

It is that time of the year once again, when a new season of the most decorated Twenty20 (T20) league in the world, the Indian Premier League (IPL), is about to get underway. On Wednesday, after a grand colourful opening ceremony, the reigning champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will take on the runners-up of IPL 2016 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. The full-strength SRH squad will be led by the Australian vice-captain David Warner, while an under-strength RCB will be led by his compatriot Shane Watson. This is going to be the first such occasion when two Australian captains will walk out for toss in an IPL season opener. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017

Watson will be leading the side as team’s regular captain Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the tournament for two weeks. As a matter of fact, team’s star batsman AB de Villiers, who was expected to lead the side in Kohli’s absence, also confirmed on the eve of the first match through a tweet that he will not be available with a back problem. Besides, opener KL Rahul has also been ruled out of the entire season. This, in addition to young Sarfaraz Khan’s unavailability, has left the RCB squad severely depleted.

SRH, on the other hand, have no such injury worries. Apart from their star pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who is away in Sri Lanka on national duty, they have all the players fit and available for selection. The defending champions have been bolstered by the addition of Afghanistan duo of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, who will be making their debut this season. The duo has valuable experience of playing in Indian conditions as it is coming fresh from the series against Ireland being played in Noida, and will look to leave an impression in its maiden outing in the premier T20 tournament.

Both the teams match each other on paper, despite the unavailability of RCB’s top players. With the likes of Watson, Chris Gayle, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Travis Head, Stuart Binny and Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB look solid enough to pack a punch. In addition, they have the English quick gun Tymal Mills as their latest recruit. Mills, who has built his reputation as a T20 specialist, will also look to make a mark in IPL.

SRH, on the other hand, have plenty of seasoned campaigners in Warner, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kane Williamson, and once again look favourite to beat RCB.

The two teams have played each other 9 times in the history of the league. While SRH have won 5 times (including win in a tied game), RCB have won on 4 occasions.

Squads:

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner (c), Naman Ojha (wk), Eklavya Dwivedi (wk), Kane Williamson, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mustafizur Rahman*, Tanmay Agarwal, Barinder Sran, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Ben Laughlin, Chris Jordan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Pravin Tambe, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers *, Shane Watson (c), Virat Kohli*, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdullah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Aravind, Tymal Mills, Avesh Khan, Samuel Badree, Praveen Dubey, Travis Head, Mandeep Singh, Aniket Choudhary, Adam Milne, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Sachin Baby, Tabraiz Shamsi, Billy Stanlake, KL Rahul **, Sarfaraz Khan**

* – Not available for the tournament opener.

** – Not available for IPL 10

Time: 20:00 IST | 14:30 GMT