IPL 2018: Intent from Shikhar Dhawan was superb, says Kane Williamson

IPL 2018: Intent from Shikhar Dhawan was superb, says Kane Williamson

This edition, the ban has been over and now, they have returned to play.

Hyderabad didn't miss banned skipper David Warner as Shikhar Dhawan, dropped before scoring, and new captain Kane Williamson shared an unbeaten 121-run stand to a winning 127-1 in 15.5 overs. Some research huh!. In terms of completeness of a bowling unit, SRH ticked all the boxes as they had variety needed to get ten wickets. The toss will take place at 7:30 pm IST, 30 minutes before the match starts. Mumbai's best bet will be to get early wickets and expose Hyderabad's lower middle order of Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan and Deepak Hooda! Rahul Tripathi (17) gave him some company but did not last long as he became Shakib's first victim.

In 9th April, 2018 the 1st match of both teams RR and SRH was hosted. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan are contenders for the Purple cap, they also have a solid support cast around with the likes of Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul and Basil Thampi.

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With Glenn Maxwell on their batting side, the Delhi team is going to score a good score but what is the matter of concern is their bowling, which proved to be a failure in their last match which was either due to K L Rahul's batting speed or the bad performance of bowlers. For RR, the highest scorer was Samson who scored 49 runs so far. But on the verge of getting his half-century, Samson (49) was caught by Rashid off Shakib's bowling in the 14th over, nearly immediately after Tripathi falls.

Royals put up an absolutely lacklustre show against Sunrisers Hyderabad the other day as they were handed a nine-wicket loss by the home team. Dhawal Kulkarni, Stokes, Ben Laughlin are also part of the attack. With the bowlers having done half the job, it was up to the SRH batsmen to ensure victory.

Australia's Steve Smith stepped down as captain in the wake of the ball tampering row, and Rajasthan are now focused on achieving success with the available resources in hand. RR managed to grab Saha's (5) wicket in the second over but it was little compensation for dropping Dhawan as Williamson came in to bat.

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Meanwhile, commenting on Dhawan's knock, Williamson (36 not out), who also played a crucial role in the match, said: "I had the best seat in the house, he (Dhawan) hit it really well".

Both teams would want to quickly erase the opening game from their memory, but they would do well to take learnings of deficiencies in that game and work towards fixing them. But Dhawan took full advantage of the powerplay and made 32 runs smashing 5 fours and a six.

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