Shakib stars in Sunrisers win

Ajinkya Rahane will lead Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 Indian Premier League after Steve Smith was banned for this edition due to the ball-tampering scandal

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While RR lost their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and DD lost theirs against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The costliest buys for Royals are Ben Stokes (Rs 12.5 crore) and Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 11.5 crore).

Rajasthan Royals will need to regroup quickly after a heavy loss when they face Delhi Daredevils in what will be their first IPL home game in five years at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tomorrow.

FIFTY! Shikhar Dhawan gets to his 29th IPL fifty as the hosts race towards the finish line. Dhawan scored 77 runs. They have a fine group of overseas players in the XI and it would not be advisable to mess with that combination at least for now. By losing 1 wicket, SRH made the chase successful.

Sunrisers chased down the 126-run target comfortably in just 15.5 overs.

In over 1Ajinkya Rahane dropped Big wicket as Shikhar Dhawan (0) at slips here SRH 1/0. Englishman Jos Butler was left to add some runs to the Royals kitty but he too could score just six from nine balls. SRH was 57-1 after 6 overs. Their batsmen didn't quite play the way they should have, and could only post 125/9 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Sanju Samson (49, 42b, 5×4) was the only batter to offer some resistance.

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"We picked up wickets at key times and we fielded well". He was out caught for 17 by Manish Pandey off Shakib's bowling.

Later on, Rashid Khan joined the party, as he removed Jos Buttler for six runs.

The batting order in absence of Steve Smith looked brittle, the overseas players including Ben Stokes looked shaky against the spinners and the bowlers lost heart once the batsmen could put only 125 on the board. Ben Stokes was visibly under pressure and in frustration, he tried to clear the fence off Billy Stanlake's bowling but was caught by Kane Williamson. When he walked in to bat on Monday night, Royals were struggling at 63 for 3 in the ninth over.

Pandey said Sunrisers Hyderabad boasts of a good middle-order and it would help them in their campaign this season. This, even as Ajinkya Rahane struggled at the other end. Shakib Al Hasan came into the attack early on. Sanju hit a Shakib for a boundary while Rahane had a close shave. The threat of a wet weather looms in the city, causing concerns among Hyderabad Cricket Association officials. Soon after they were given a one-year ban from cricket, they gave up captaincy from their respective sides. "When I started playing for India, everything came through well", said Pandey, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Coincidentally, the two teams clashed in their first first game this season.

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