Yuvraj Singh stars with the bat with blistering 27balls 62 including 7 fours and 3 huge sixes. Debutant Rashid Khan from Afghanistan shines with the ball. Batting first Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 207/4 in 20overs but Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to score only 172 in 19.4 overs. In the opening ceremony India’s Batting Stars Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virendra Sehwag were facilitated.
So its IPL 9 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad up against Runner-up Royal challengers Bangalore.
Coming to the toss, the stand-in captain for Bangalore Shane Watson won the toss and elected to field first. As expected Bangalore’s batting star Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and rising sensation KL Rahul are out due to injury. This is a huge blow for Bangalore as it’s still not confirmed for how long they will remain out of the field.
For Sunrisers it’s Captain David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan who came to open the batting. As expected Warner started with few fascinating boundary and a huge six but later fell to debutant Aniket Choudhary. Moises Henriques replaced Warner on the field and started to play sensible cricket, on the other hand, Dhawan was on fire as he struck 4 boundaries in the first over from Watson. However, Dhawan couldn’t convert his score into a fifty and fell at a score of 40 from 31 balls. Then came Yuvraj Singh, and the runs started flowing. The six he hit of Aniket’s bowling remained us one of 6 sixes against Stuart Broad in World Cup. Meanwhile, Henriques also joined the show and played a handy knock of 52 of 37 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Yuvraj then completed his fifty of 24 balls and before getting out he smashed a four and a six of consecutive balls of Tymal Mills. Yuvraj scored 62 of 27 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes. Yuvraj’s inning gave Hyderabad a perfect platform to score 200 and then Ben Cutting did the rest by smashing two huge sixes in last over of Watson’s bowling making a final score of 207 with a loss of 4 wickets. In bowling Chahal, Binny and debutants Mills, Aniket took one wicket each.
For Bangalore its Caribbean Sixer King Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh. They both started with few close moments when ball kissed the stumps of Gayle but bails didn’t fall as Nehra ran out of luck. The duo completed 50 runs partnership in powerplay overs. Right then the debutant from Afghanistan who has been in tremendous form clean bowled Mandeep Singh in very first over, Chris Gayle fell in next over to Deepak Hooda the part-timer. Kedar Jadhav and Travis Head showed some redemption to build the innings but as they fall apart the whole team shattered away one after the other. Shane Watson, the stand-in Captain for Bangalore had the worst day at the field first with bowling and then with bat. Bangalore entire innings got shattered for 172. For Sunrisers, Nehra, Bhuvneswar and Rashid grabbed two wickets each and part-time Deepak and Bipul took one each. With this win IPL 9, Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad starts their campaign with a win against Royal Challenger Bangalore.