Defending champions SRH [Sunrises Hyderabad] got off to the best possible start to Season 10 of the IPL with a convincing 35-run victory over RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The host rode on superb half-centuries from middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh (62) and all-rounder Moises Henriques (52) and a fine bowling display led by spinner Rashid Khan (2/36) of Afghanistan to post full points.
Chasing SRH's 207/4 off 20 overs, the visitors, without skipper Virat Kohli and the explosive AB de Villiers, ended at 172 off 19.4 overs.
The Afghan leg spinner would have settled for this sort of a debut any time. Rashid Khan was quite effective with his mixture of leg-breaks and googlies, taking care of opener Mandeep Singh and then picking up the important wicket of Australian dynamic batsman Travis Head.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle can be destructive on his day but he departed after scoring a typical 32. Same was the story for the rest batsman, with Mandeep (24), Head (30) and Kedar Jadhav (31) all getting starts and not continuing.
In the beginning, Hyderabad scored what was a fighting 207 for 4 off their 20 overs, thanks to the rapier-like bat of Yuvraj Singh, ho decimated the Bangalore bowling a classic 62 off just 27 balls, with seven boundaries and three huge sixes.
Aussies all-rounder Moises Henriques (52) and the Mustache man Shikhar Dhawan (40) were the other main contributors for hosts after they lost captain David Warner early after the Australian began in whirlwind fashion. All-rounder Ben Cutting came in at the fag end of the innings to hammer 16 runs off just six balls.
The fans got first sight to the visitors big buy in the IPL auction this year, English pace bowler Tymal Mills, but he was not too effective on the flat pitch. Nor were the other Bengaluru bowlers, barring leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, whose economical 1/22 was the best display for the Bangalore.