IPL 2018: Bowlers, Shikhar Dhawan propel SRH to a rousing start after deflating RR

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New Delhi: Just like best of the boxers use combination punches to stun their opponents, SRH also employed a combination of spin and pace to deflate RR (Rajasthan) on Monday night at Uppal in Hyderabad.

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan and India pacer Siddarth Kaul picked two wickets apiece but more importantly, it was their tight bowling and a miserly economy that hurt Rajasthan, restricting them to an underwhelming 125/9. Both bowlers conceded just 40 runs in 8 overs to take the wind out of RR’s sails.

In reply, SRH batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (77 off 57 balls) and Kane Williamson (36 off 35 balls) batted in contrasting fashion making a mockery of the total and crossing the finish line with 4.1 overs to spare. Dhawan struck 13 boundaries and a six to demolish the RR bowling while Williamson played second fiddle to ensure there was no pressure building up from his end. 

While the entire SRH bowling unit put Hyderabad in control of the match, a lot of credit must go to the…

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