Bhubaneswar, Apr 06: Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 35 runs in the opening match of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
Asked to bat first by the visitors, Hyderabad posted a commanding 207/4 in their allotted 20 overs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
In reply, RCB were bowled out for 172 runs in 19.4 overs.
Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh of RCB scored around 10 runs an over in the first five overs. After that it was downhill for them.
Yuvraj, who was dropped on 26 off Choudhary, took full advantage of the life, rushing to his fastest IPL half century in just 23 balls.
The 35-year-old’s 27-ball knock, comprising seven boundaries and three massive sixes, provided the much-needed impetus to the defending champions who left from where they left off in the last edition. He fell to England quick Tymal Mills after failing to connect a fast good length delivery in the penultimate over of the innings.
Deepak Hooda and Ben Cutting took the home side past the 200-run mark.