Dhawan blasts SRH home after Shakib masterclass
Shikhar Dhawan managed the chase of a target of 126 brilliantly well after Shakib-al-Hasan led an excellent bowling effort for the Sunrisers Hyderabad against the Rajasthan Royals.
The Sunrisers won the toss and inserted the returning franchise in to bat and soon had them in a spot of bother.
The run out of D’Arcy short at the end of the first over was a bonus for the Sunrisers but the Royals would rebuild through Ajinkya Rahane (13) and eventual top-scorer for the Royals Sanju Samson.
Samson hit 49 off 42 balls but couldn’t find much support with Billy Stanlake taking out Royals middle-order threat Ben Stokes (5) cheaply.
Shakib would return figures of 2 for 23 from four overs including the wickets of Samson and Rahul Tripathi (17) that ultimately began a Royals collapse.
Each of the five bowlers used got among the wickets and each performed their task with aplomb, Siddarth Kaul ended as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 for 17 from his four.
The chase became academic reasonably early on with the total no match for the India opener Dhawan’s chasing skills.
Jaydev Unadkat removed the promoted Wriddhiman Saha (5) early on but that would end up being the only wicket.
Skipper Kane Williamson joined Dhawan and was happy to play second fiddle to the aggressive left hander, who proved too good for any of the seven bowlers used by the Royals.
Dhawan ended not out on 77 hitting the winning runs with 29 balls to spare and Williamson unbeaten on 36.
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