New Delhi: Opening batsman of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Shikhar Dhawan scored 77 to help his side thrash Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets in their opening match of the IPL 11.
Chasing 126 for a win after the Sunrisers' bowlers had produced a disciplined display to restrict the Royals to a paltry total, Dhawan was dropped in the first over by captain Ajinkya Rahane and that blunder cost the visiting side dear in the end.
Dhawan later grew into confidence and in the company of his captain Kane Williamson, he tore apart the Royals bowling attack as the Sunrisers overhauled the target with 4.1 overs to spare.
The absence of David Warner at the top of the order was not felt as Dhawan and Williamson stitched 121 runs for the unbroken second wicket from 14.2 overs.
Earlier, the Sunrisers produced a disciplined bowling display to restrict the Royals to a paltry 125 for 9.