Sunrisers Hyderabad begin title defence with comfortable win over Bangalore
Sunrisers Hyderabad 207-4 (Yuvraj 62) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 172 (Jadhav 31) by 35 runs
First game, Indian Premier League, Hyderabad
Yuvraj Singh scored a blistering 62 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad post 207 in their innings following which their bowlers dismissed Royal Challengers Bangalore for 172 runs in the chase to win the first game of the Indian Premier League 2017 tournament at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium by 35 runs.
Shane Watson captained Bangalore in the absence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and he opted to field first on winning the toss.
David Warner (14) started the innings positively with a couple of fours and a six but was snared by Aniket Choudhary (1-55) in the second over.
After a couple of calm overs, Sunrisers Hyderabad opened up with Shikhar Dhawan (40) smashing four boundaries in the sixth over bowled by Watson (0-41) as they ended the powerplay at 59 for one.
With a six over long-on, Moises Henriques (52) brought the 50-run stand with Dhawan in the eighth over and at the halfway mark the home side were 88 for one.
Stuart Binny (1-10) provided the breakthrough when he had Dhawan caught at long on, ending his 74 runs stand with Henriques. Yuvraj (62) announced his arrival with a six followed by two fours in the 13th over bowled by Choudhary and was also dropped by Sreenath Aravind (0-36) in the same over.
With a couple of sixes in the 15th over, Henriques completed a 34 ball fifty but was dismissed soon after by Yuzvendra Chahal (1-22). With a flurry of boundaries, Yuvraj reached his fifty off 23 deliveries - his fastest in the history of the tournament.
Late cameos from Deepak Hooda (16 not out) and Ben Cutting (16 not out) ensured Hyderabad ended their innings strong at 207 for four.
In their chase, Bangalore were given a decent start by the openers Chris Gayle (32) and Mandeep Siingh (24) as they scored 48 runs in the firs five overs. Rashid Khan (2-36) provided the breakthrough when he castled Mandeep and in the seventh over, Deepak Hooda (1-7) had Gayle caught at long off.
Travis Head (30), Kedar Jadhav (31) and Watson (22) all got starts but failed to carry on leading to an increase in the required run rate. The pressure derailed their innings as Bangalore were bowled out for 172 runs, 36 runs less off the target.
Rashid, Ashish Nehra (2-42) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-27) all snared two wickets each for Hyderabad. Yuvraj was named the player of the match for his splendid knock of 62.
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