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149/7 (20)
RR won by 61 runs.
Player of the match: Sanju Samson
 
Right, that's all from us then! All ten teams, including the new entrants, have had a taste of the action. Safe to say, the IPL juggernaut has had a successful lift-off for the fifteenth time in a row. This has been Abhinav Singh, alongside my good friend and colleague, Sooryanarayanan Sesha. More T20 action coming your way tomorrow, with the Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on Kolkata Knight Riders. Do join us for that one. Till then, goodnight and goodbye. Take care!
Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals skipper, Player of the Match): Yeah, I think it was a different wicket than what we thought. They bowled in good areas and had help throughout. The pitch was helping fast bowlers if you hit the typical Test match lengths. No long-term goals. Just contribute to the team's victory. (What he had been doing off-season) I have been working on my fitness and game awareness-- choosing the right shot to play. Not rushing into the shots and try spending time in the middle. I know I can make up for the slow starts. (Does he have a say in the auction) Yeah, absolutely, I have to have a say. Having great leaders like Sanga helps a lot. He asks me for inputs. A lot of good cricketing brains have worked to put this squad out. Every season we come with great dreams. The franchise takes care of the players and does not apply pressure like you are doing right now (laughs). It is a  long tournament. We will take it one game at a time. 
Prasidh Krishna: There was some good bounce and seam as well. I saw Trent Boult getting some seam movement and hitting those hard lengths was crucial. I'm glad I bowled well. I got two slips in as well - we were speaking outside as well after Jos got out. He said it was difficult to hit off good lengths and that's what we were looking to bowl. (Who decides the field between the bowler and the captain?) It's a mixture of both. Now that we're playing the first match together it was a decision we took together but obviously it's the captain who's thinking from the team's perspective and the bowler who is thinking what is good for that situation. We get together and decide the same. As a team we bowled really well today. We had a couple of practice games - everybody's had a good hit, a good bowl and is looking confident. Everybody's had that experience and it will come good as the tournament progresses.
Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad Captain): I think we started beautifully with the ball. We had our opportunities and we've seen in all the games so far that there has been some swing and assistance. We wanted to make some inroads early but some fine margins didn't go our way. Thereafter the surface got better and Rajasthan batted beautifully. Definitely a number of things to touch on and improve on as a side. It's not something common to us as a side so it was a surprise in a lot of ways. We certainly don't want to be doing it going forward - it represents the number of extra deliveries in the innings. When you take a wicket off a no ball it's not nice. There are a number of things you cannot control but there are areas we want to improve on. (On Umran Malik) Obviously exciting - he's got that raw pace and hope he keeps improving. He got a few games last year and I'm sure he's only going to get better. Few days off before our next game and there are a number of things to touch upon. We were certainly put under pressure in the second half of the first innings - they came hard at us. We want to keep making sure we learn. With the bat it was tough. The ball was moving around but we have to learn to maneuver around that and throw some punches. Rajasthan bowled beautifully though.
Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 61 runs

Aiden Markram: 57(41)*| Washington Sundar: 40(14)| Prasidh Krishna: 2/16| Yuzi Chahal: 3/22

Right, this has been a chastening as well as a humiliating defeat for Sunrisers Hyderabad to kick off the campaign. Chasing a mountain of 211 was never going to be a walk in the park. 

However, what one wanted from SRH was to put up a fight to show their loyal franchise supporters that they were willing to leave everything out in the field, after an abject surrender last year.

However, unfortunately, SRH picked up from where they left in the last season. They were pounded hard by the RR pacers.  

Skipper Kane Williamson, opening the inning alongside Abhishek Sharma was troubled left, right and center by his national team compadre Trent Boult. The left-hand pacer bowled the brand new white cherry on a string and created pressure, right from the word go. 

His bowling partner Prasidh Krishna cashed in on the pressure and sent Williamson back to the hut, courtesy of a jaffa that was snaffled up after some juggling by Padikkal at first slip.  

The tall lanky pacer struck immediately afterward and sent marauder Rahul Tripathi to the dugout as well with a back of a length line.

Nicholas Pooran, who had been acquired for the big bucks by SRH in the mega auctions played an uncharacteristic inning as he tried to hack everything out of the park.

Boult teased with outside off line all throughout the over and later brought in an in-ducker that pinned him plumb in front of the wickets. After Pooran departed, the wheels started to come off the SRH inning as other batters dropped the towel. 

Aiden Markram and Washington Sundar at the back end managed to slog a few out of the park and ensured that SRH did not go suffer an intensive hit to their Net Run Rate. 

RR look like the team to beat this season and if the backroom staff keeps the injuries to a minimum, their playing XI is perhaps the strongest out of the 10 teams. The spin duo of Yuzi Chahal and Ravi Ashwin is right up there with the most potent bowling options out there. 

Sanju Samson did well marshaling his troops. However, he would like his bowlers to pull up their socks and make more of an impact at the death. A crucial area where they lagged in the last season and this match as well. 
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149 /7 score
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cricket bat icon Aiden Markram *
57 (41)
cricket bat icon Bhuvneshwar Kumar
3 (4)
cricket ball icon Riyan Parag
0 /14
19.6 Riyan Parag to Aiden Markram, pulls his length back well outside off this time, Markram reaches out and creams it over extra cover for a solitary run into the deep as SRH's misery finally comes to a close. What a comprehensive start to the tournament though for the Men in Pink - Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 61 runs!
19.5 Riyan Parag to Aiden Markram, SIX! MASSIVE! In the slot at the stumps, Markram clears his front leg and clubs a slog sweep a countrymile over mid-wicket. Up and over it soars into the stands!
19.4 Riyan Parag to Aiden Markram, FOUR! FIFTY FOR MARKRAM! Flighted fuller at the stumps, he brings out a slog on the up and places it through the vacant square leg region to pick out the ropes and get to the milestone.
19.3 Riyan Parag to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, yet another short delivery and Bhuvneshwar nails a pull towards cow corner. Well stopped by the fielder near the ropes as he cuts to his left and a single it shall be.
19.2 Riyan Parag to Aiden Markram, another drag down on off stump, Markram rocks back and pummels it high over mid-wicket without any timing. Into the deep it rolls as the batters cross over.
19.1 Riyan Parag to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, CAUGHT! OFF THE FREE HIT! Dragged down outside off, Bhuvneshwar rocks back and pounds it towards long on without getting enough on it. Simple take but it's a single for the record.
NCN never looked comfortable in the field tonight and unfortunately has to go off clutching his hamstring. Riyan Parag, right-arm, off-break to bowl the last six deliveries including the freehit coming up!
19.1 Nathan Coulter-Nile to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, NO BALL! Oh dear! That's a beamer that lands way outside off, Bhuvneshwar throws his arms at it with a cut but fails to connect. He seems to be hobbling as well!
Nathan Coulter Nile [3-0-47-0] to bowl the final over

Right then, six deliveries remain and SRH need an improbable 77 runs. This has been a thrashing and RR deserve all the plaudits for their performance. Catch all the action from the last over on Disney+ Hotstar
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134 /7 score
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cricket bat icon Aiden Markram
45 (37)
cricket bat icon Bhuvneshwar Kumar *
1 (1)
cricket ball icon Trent Boult
2 /23
18.6 Trent Boult to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, back of a length delivery outside off, Bhuvneshwar hops back and drops it with soft hands to backward point for a single.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, RHB is the new man in to replace Sundar

Boult has the last laugh as Sundar cannot clear Hetmyer over the long-on region. However, he surely has shown that SRH need to send him up the order
18.5 Trent Boult to Washington Sundar, OUT! BOULT HAS HIS MAN! Follows the batter making room outside leg and tails it in late on a full length, Sundar clears his front leg and powers it towards long on as it hits the toe-end of his blade. Straight into the hands of Hetmyer and that ends a real entertaining stay from Washington Sundar!

Washington Sundar c Shimron Hetmyer b Trent Boult (40 runs, 14 balls, 4x5, 2x6)
18.5 Trent Boult to Washington Sundar, WIDE! Slower bouncer on middle and off, Sundar sways out of line as the ball lobs well over his head. Duly called wide!