The standout: In a match bereft of any major highlights, local rising star Sanju Samson's 37 off 22 deliveries proved a telling knock. Ajinkya Rahane led Rajasthan Royals were defeated by Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets in their first game of the season. Sawai Mansingh Stadium waited five years for a match, only to be foiled by rain. After 150 minutes of indecision and anticipation - will it stop raining, will match resume - the match officials finally decided that play can resume. The team scored 100 after the end of 12.1 overs.More news: United States aided slain Gaza reporter's media firm
Ben Stokes and skipper Ajinkya Rahane tried to steady the ship and the Englishman hit a huge six as well to announce his intentions early on. Hard-hitters Glenn Maxwell and Colin Munro were handed the task of chasing down the target by the Delhi think-tank.However, Delhi got off to the worst start possible as Munro was run-out by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler on the first ball of the innings itself. We were very much happy with the first innings. DD had a miserable score of 0/1 in 0.1 overs and they never recovered from that.More news: Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA)
The two DD batsmen struggled against K Gowtham in the first over, Dhawal Kulkarni in the second and Jaydev Unadkat in the third. Skipper Gautam Gambhir made a decision to demote himself down the batting order as he sent big-hitters like Maxwell, Chris Morris and Vijay Shankar before him. The duo plundered Chris Morris for 18 runs in 17th over of the innings. Rishabh Pant though salvaged the over by hitting two fours as they reached 10/1. But Laughlin recovered from that and grabbed Maxwell's (17) wicket off the fourth ball instead as Buttler took a brilliant catch. Gambhir put up a decent show with the bat in the opener and would expect to continue his fine form against a formidable pace line-up of the Royals. We had to go from ball one. Nobody could really get going as Delhi needed 25 runs of the last over. Celebrations began at RR dugout as there was no way DD could now score 21 runs in three balls - unless Laughlin bowled an extra, of course. The young wicket-keeper batsman, who has been earmarked as a potential successor to MS Dhoni behind the stumps in India's national line-up, did his stocks no harm after smashing two fours and two sixes to steady the ship for Rajasthan after coming in at 2-28.More news: Rupert Murdoch's Fox Network Arm Raided In European Commission Probe
Earlier in the evening, unusual summer rains that started four hours before the match abated to allow an on-time start.