Hello and welcome to tour live coverage of the first IPL 2017 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. (SCORECARD)23.56 IST: Shane Watson: I think we were slightly off with the ball and we did not get one big partnership while batting. We have got a lot of different combinations to last year. We are just running our combinations. I found a day or so ago (about leading the side). Hopefully I can lead the team better next time. I was confident enough (of chasing) as the pitch was good and especially with the firepower in our top six.RCB INNINGS:.@SunRisers win the 1st match of VIVO #IPL 2017 by 35 runs #SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/9thkLCwMcF- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201723.48 IST: That’s it! RCB are bowled out for 172 and SRH start their title defence with a superb 35-run win. A thoroughly clinical performance by the defending champions to start their title defence in style. Chasing an imposing target of 208, Bangalore’s top four all got breezy starts but nobody carried on to make a defining knock. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and although the run rate was in check most of the time, losing wickets hurt and eventually, the visitors ended well short of the target.Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the Hyderabad bowlers. The others were slightly expensive but where the hosts scored was in taking regular wickets which ensured that the opposition could never really get away. The fielding deserves special mention too, with Cutting’s incredible run out of Jadhav being a massive moment in the game. Earlier in the evening, Hyderabad rode on Yuvraj’s majestic 62 that led the charge for them to post a massive total of 207.advertisement23.43 IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes again. RCB nine down. Slower one, angling in, Mills looks to go big. Mistimes his heave. The ball travels high in the night sky. Warner from long on, runs forward, stations himself underneath it and takes a superb catch. RCB 164/9 (18.5 overs) vs SRH 207/423.38 IST: WICKET! Ashish Nehra clean bowls Sreenath Aravind to bag his 100th wicket in the IPL. Perfect ball for a tailender. Bowls it full and quick on middle and leg, Araving backs away looking to make room for himself but is completely beaten by pace. The ball goes through to knock the leg pole. 52 runs needed of 14 balls. RCB 156/8 (17.4 overs) vs SRH 207/423.36 IST: WICKET! Shane Watson follows suit. Full toss around middle and off, dips onto Watson. He goes through with his heave but mistimes it high in the air towards covers, where Henriques completes a simple catch. That should be the final nail in coffin as from hereon the tail starts. RCB 156/7 (17.3 overs) vs SRH 207/423.31 IST: WICKET! Stuart Binny departs on 11. Slower back of a length delivery outside off, Binny goes for the slash but mistimes it. Yuvraj at backward point, moves to his left and takes a decent catch. Bhuvneshwar has his man and the Bangalore are in big, big trouble now. They need 54 off 19 balls now. RCB 154/6 (16.5 overs) vs SRH 207/423.29 IST: DROPPED! Naman Ojha drops Stuart Binny on 10 off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He calls for it and in the end spills it. Slower one, full outside off, Binny gets down on one knee and goes for a slog. Gets a top edge and the ball goes high in the air. Ojha gets under it but fails to grab it. That’s really poor from the keeper. A run is conceded. RCB 153/5 (16.2 overs) vs SRH 207/423.25 IST: SIX! Length delivery, angling in, Binny clears his front leg and clobbers it over mid-wicket fence for half a dozen. RCB 145/5 (15.2 overs) vs SRH 207/4#Watto with some much needed relief! Gets enough on to put Rashid away for six, #RCB 139/5 in 15 overs #SRHvRCB #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 5, 201723.22 IST: SIX! RCB 139/5 (15 overs) vs SRH 207/423.17 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust and RCB are in big big trouble here. Baby crumbles under pressure. The required run rate is continuously climbing up and Baby trying to bring it down, departs in the process. RCB 128/5 (13.4 overs) vs SRH 207/423.13 IST: Time out taken. The last wicket has put Hyderabad on top. Bangalore are still in the game but don’t have much firepower left. A lot hinges on skipper Watson.23.12 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan strikes again. Tossed up around off, Head kneels and goes for the slog again but mistimes it this time. Yuvraj is lurking beneath it at deep wide long on. He takes it comfortably and the dangerous Head has to walk back. Bangalore need 82 off 43 balls. Can their skipper take his team through now? RCB 126/4 (12.5 overs) vs SRH 207/4advertisement23.09 IST: FOUR! Full toss around middle, Head gets down on one knee and slogs it over mid-wicket and the ball crosses the fence.23.04 IST: WICKET! Jadhav run out Ben Cutting 30. He just took everyone by awe. Fuller length delivery outside off, Jadhav gets across, kneels down and paddles it over short fine leg. Two is the call from Jadhav. Cutting from deep square, runs to his right, picks the ball and aims at the striker’s end. Hurls a rocket throw and hits the stumps on the full. Jadhav seems struggling there and the umpire goes upstairs. The replays show that Jadhav was well short of ground. Can this be turning point of the game? As Jadhav was looking in a great nick. End of a crucial 56-run stand. RCB 116/3 (11.4 overs) vs SRH 207/422.59 IST: FOUR! Good awareness from Jadhav. He covers the stumps and helps the back of a length delivery over short fine leg for another boundary. He is on charge over here. Fifty-run partnership comes up between Head and Jadhav. RCB 110/2, chasing 20822.58 IST: FOUR! Loosener from Nehra. Sprays a full toss outside off, Jadhav tonks it over wide mid on for a boundary.22.54 IST: FOUR! ALMOST A CHANCE! Back of a length outside off from Henriques, Jadhav charges down the track and punches it up past Henriques who had no time to react for the caught and bowled. Mid off was up in the circle for the delivery and the ball goes well wide of the fielder to the fence.22.51 IST: FOUR! SMACKED! Fuller ball around off, Head clears his front leg and goes straight down the ground. Hits it very straight and to the right of the long on fielder who couldn’t get to it in time. Fierce strike and the Free Hit is capitalized upon by Head.22.49 IST: Full toss around middle, swung behind square on the leg side for a single. No ball given for height and that’s not the start Henriques would have wanted. Free Hit coming up!22.48 IST: Moises Henriques comes into the attack. 123 needed from 66 balls. Bangalore need some momentum in the chase, a partnership of substance.22.46 IST: SIX! GOOD STRIKE! Shortish around middle from Cutting, Jadhav goes across to pull it cleanly over deep mid-wicket. That’s a good strike from Kedar and it will give him a maximum.22.42 IST: Ben Cutting is back on!22.40 IST: FOUR! That’s a bad ball and it’s been punished. Rashid tries the quicker ball but the length is wrong. It’s a half-tracker and Jadhav pulls it over mid-wicket to find the fence. Easy pickings for the batsman.22.38 IST: FOUR! MUSCLED AWAY! Travis Head does pack a punch in his shots. Rashid Khan floats this one outside off, Head leans into it and mauls the drive through the covers. Good strike and it whistles away to the fence.22.35 IST: OUT! Deepak Hooda removes Gayle for 32. Hooda has his man and his captain Warner is absolutely pumped up. This is flatter outside off, Gayle looks to go down the ground but miscues it high towards wide long off. Warner had stationed himself precisely for this shot and takes the catch with ease near the fence. Massive wicket for the hosts and all of a sudden, the visitors are jolted in the run chase. RCB 60/2. Kedar Jadhav is the new man in, replacing Gayle.advertisement22.34 IST: SIX! KABOOM! Poor ball from Hooda and that’s vanished into the night skies. Full toss and Gayle charges down the track to loft it into the roof of the long off stands. What a mighty blow that is! Monstrous stroke from the big Jamaican!22.30 IST: OUT! BOWLED ‘EM! Maiden Indian T20 League wicket for Rashid Khan and what a start to his career. Wicket in his first over of his debut game and he is elated. So are his teammates as they needed a wicket badly. This is a slider around off, Mandeep makes room to cut but there isn’t much room for the shot. Gets an under edge that cannons on to the sticks. RCB 52/122.30 IST: FOUR! CREAMED! Very full and outgside off, Mandeep leans into it nicely and strokes it sweetly through cover to find the fence. Just pure timing on the shot!22.29 IST: Rashid Khan comes on to bowl.22.28 IST: FOUR! Gayle breaks the shackles. Manages to connect the heave this time and sends it over mid-wicket to find the fence. Still a good over from Cutting.Sunrisers Hyderabad in two successive #IPL games208/7 in 20 in 2016207/4 in 20 in 2017RCB 200/7 in 20 in 2016Tonight?#SRHvRCB- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 5, 201722.8 IST: SIX! THERE HE GOES AGAIN! Gayle is teeing off folks. Fuller and on off stump, he clobbers it over wide long on for a biggie. Didn’t seem to have struck that with great power but at his build, he doesn’t have to!22.16 IST: SIX! M-A-S-S-I-V-E! That’s a Gayle special. Fullish around off, it’s in that arc for him to swing it deep into the mid-wicket stands. That went plenty of rows back into the crowd. Mammoth blow!22.16 IST: FOUR! CLEAN STRIKE! Slower ball around middle, Mandeep clears his front leg and picks the variation well to launch it over wide long on. One bounce into the ad hoardings. He is looking in good touch.22.14 IST: FOUR! Gayle finds the fence! Shortish around middle, he gets across a touch and plays a one-legged lap wide of the diving Kumar at short fine leg. That races away to the fence.22.13 IST: THAT WAS CLOSE! Fullish and just outside off, swerving in a touch as Gayle goes for the big booming drive down the ground. He misses and the ball just goes past off pole.22.08 IST: FOUR! Better stroke! Shortish and wide outside off, Mandeep Singh steers it behind point and finds the fence. It was timed to so well that third man had no chance of cutting it off. RCB 11/0 (1 over) vs SRH 207/422.07 IST: FOUR! CLOBBERED! Full and on middle, Mandeep his clear front leg and heaves it over wide mid on. Makes good connection and finds the fence.22.04 IST: Welcome back for the chase. Bangalore need a strong start to make a strong fist of this big target. Make no mistake, even without some key players, they do have the firepower. Won’t be easy against a potent Hyderabad bowling. Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh to open the batting. Ashish Nehra takes the new ball..SRH INNINGS21.50 IST: That’s it! That’s an explosive start to the season. SRH post a massive 207/4. A fantastic batting performance by Hyderabad after being put into bat. They did lose skipper David Warner early but the 2nd wicket stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques set the innings up nicely. In the partnership, the latter was the aggressor as the innings gained momentum. However, the man who stole the show was Yuvraj Singh with a hurricane innings, smashing the bowlers left, right and center en route to a 27-ball 62! Ben Cutting and Deepak Hooda threw their bat around to take the score past the psychological 200-run mark.BCCI Photo21.42 IST: WICKET! Yuvraj Singh bowled by Tymal Mills for 62 off 27 balls. Through Yuvraj’s defence. Bowls it on a good length outside off at 143 kph, Yuvraj is surprised by that and is beaten by pace. Goes through with his heave but is beaten all ends up. The ball goes through and clips the stumps and the bails fly away. What a knock it was from the veteran, 62 off 27 balls! Take a bow Yuvraj! SRH 190/4 (18.4 overs) vs RCB50 off just 23b for @YUVSTRONG12! #SRHvRCB #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 5, 201721.37 IST: FIFTY! Yuvraj Singh reaches his 11th half-century with a four. Full outside off, Yuvraj bends his knees and creams it through point for a boundary. Gets to his fifty with that. This is Yuvi of the past. SRH 175/3 (17.3 overs) vs RCBFOUR! #Yuvi pulls that beautifully, calmly! #OrangeArmy #SRH #VIVOIPL #SRHvRCB- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 5, 201721.26 IST: IN THE AIR… BUT SAFE! Wrong one around leg, Yuvraj goes through with his whip. Gets a top edge and the ball lobs in the air but falls safely between Chahal and Watson in covers. A singles is taken. SRH 154/3 (15.5 overs) vs RCB21.21 IST: Time out has been taken. A badly needed breakthrough for Bangalore but they have a lot more work to do with Yuvraj on song.21.20 IST: WICKET! Moises Henriques falls soon after scoring his third fifty. Another good catch from Sachin Baby. Tossed up outside off, Henriques uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball. Looks to go big over long off but fails to middle it. The ball sails towards the long off fence where Baby takes a superbly well-judged catch at the edge of the fence. The umpires check for the no ball but Chahal is fine and Henriques has to walk back. That’s the end of a fancy 58-run stand off 29 balls. SRH 151/3 (15.2 overs) vs RCB21.17 IST: FIFTY! Slower back of a length delivery around leg, angling away, Henriques clears his front leg and pulls this over mid-wicket for another maximum. The ball are just flying into the stands. Reaches to his fifty with that. What a knock it has been!21.15 IST: SIX! Back of a length delivery outside off, Yuvraj latches onto it in a flash. Pulls it hard over mid-wicket for a huge maximum. Yuvraj is keeping the crowd on their feet.21.08 IST: FOUR! Yuvraj makes full use of his drop. Pulls this back of a length delivery over mid-wicket for another boundary. Moves to 31 off 13.The Gentlemans Game – #SpiritofCricket at #IPL @YUVSTRONG12 & @SunRisers pic.twitter.com/K49u4Ns8Vd- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201721.06 IST: DROPPED! That’s really poor from Aravind. Banged in short, angling in, Yuvraj goes for the hook. Isn’t in control of it and the ball goes straight to Aravind at deep backwards square leg. It’s a simple chance and Aravind makes mess of it. A single is taken. How costly can that prove to be?21.06 IST: Yuvraj Singh hammers Aniket Choudhary for 18 before being dropped in 26.20.58 IST: Delicate touch! Yuvraj Singh off the mark. Length delivery, angling away, Yuvraj just ramps it fine to third man. Mills the fielder there fumbles and the batsmen take another couple. SRH 95/2 (10.5 overs) vs RCB20.54 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan departs after a blazing 40 off 31. The change works for Bangalore. Dhawan tries to take on Binny and charges down the wicket to this length delivery. Goes through with his heave but doesn’t connect it cleanly. It flies towards long on, where Baby runs to his left and takes a well-judged catch with a reverse cup. That’s a good breakthrough for Bangalore. End of a 74-run stand! SRH 93/2 (10.3 overs) vs RCBPlayers involved in most #IPL match victories 88 S Raina83 MS Dhoni77 Y Pathan76 R Sharma75 G Gambhir74 R Jadeja73 D Karthik#SRHvRCB- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 5, 201720.48 IST: DHAWAN SURVIVES! It’s pacy bumper and he gets a top edge on the pull. It’s go high in the air to mid on. Lands safe and they get a single.20.45 IST: Time out taken. Excellent start for Hyderabad despite losing their skipper early. Both batsmen looking ominous, Bangalore badly need a wicket.Remember the time – @Bazmccullum and @KKRiders #IPL pic.twitter.com/GaWGtupgnO- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201720.39 IST: JUST SAFE! Chahal bowls this wider outside off on seeing Dhawan giving the charge. The southpaw goes through with the stroke and just lifts it over a leaping Watson at extra cover. It goes to the deep for a brace.20.38 IST: SIX! SMOKED! Flatter outside off, Henriques steps out to that one and lofts it way over long on for a massive maximum. That’s a towering strike from the Australian to his fellow countryman. SRH 73/1 (7.4 overs) vs RCB20.37 IST: Another bowling change. Travis Head comes into the attack now.20.30 IST: FOUR! FOURTH BOUNDARY OF THE OVER! Dhawan is on fire! Shortish around middle, swivels and controls the pull over backward square leg. Fine placement and that’s another boundary to the opener. What a start this is for the hosts!20.28 IST: FOUR! SHOT! Dhawan wants to unsettle Watson. Charges down the track to a length ball and blasts it straight back past the bowler. The ball races away to the long off fence for a boundary.20.27 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Watson starts with a length ball on middle and leg, Dhawan gets across to that one and lobs it cleanly over backward square leg. Used the pace of the bowler well to get a boundary.20.25 IST: FOUR! HAMMERED! Shortish around middle, Henriques sits on the back foot and nails the pull through square leg. Terrific strike and the ball races to the fence for a boundary. He is looking in good touch.20.22 IST: COMEDY OF ERRORS! Flatter and a touch short outside off, Henriques punches it off the back foot towards deep cover for a single. He wanted the second run and was charging down the track. Dhawan called initially but then said no. Henriques kept charging and then had very little chance to get back in time. However, the throw is at the wrong end although Jadhav had chance to fire a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Henriques puts in a dive but would have been gone had that hit.20.19 IST: Times for some spin. First bowling change for RCB as Yuzvendra Chahal comes on to bowl.20.14 IST: FOUR! HAMMERED! Short and wide outside off, Henriques seizes on the width and cuts it powerfully through point to find the fence. SRH 23/1 in 2 overs20.13 IST: OUT! GONE! Choudhury has his revenge and it’s a massive strike this! Not a wicket-taking ball, it’s short and wide outside off but Warner ends up steering it uppishly straight to a leaping Mandeep Singh at backward point. Soft dismissal and the Bangalore camp are elated. They know how big this wicket is. MOISES HENRIQUES walks out to bat. 20.10 IST: SIX! THAT’S HUGE! Warner takes full tolls of the Free Hit! Back of a length outside off, he gets underneath it and muscles it high over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. That went high and deep into the crowd.20.10 IST: Length ball around leg stump, nudged deftly down the leg side to the right of Jadhav who stops it well. Oh no, the debutant has overstepped. Tragedy for the young man so early in his spell. Free Hit coming up.20.09 IST: FOUR! UP AND OVER! Full and outside off, in the slot for Warner and he lifts it easily over mid off. Goes to the fence on a few bounces. Cannot bowl there to this man, he’ll massacre you.20.08 IST: The debutant, Aniket Choudhary to share the new ball.20.04 IST: FOUR! FINDS THE FENCE! Warner is off and running. Another back of a length ball outside off from Mills, almost similar to the first ball but this time Warner times the back foot punch to perfection. Splits the gap at cover to find the fence. SRH 7/0 in 1 over19.59 IST: Right then, we are all set to get underway. The players and umpires are making their way out to the middle. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan to open the batting for Hyderabad. It shall be Tymal Mills to take the new ball for Bangalore. A lone slip in place. Here we go!19.56 IST: RCB all set for their match against SRH..@RCBTweets are all set for their match against @SunRisers at Hyderabad #IPL #SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/ZJGevU4GoS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201719.48 IST: TEAMS!Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra ChahalSunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Ben Cutting, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Ashish Nehra19.32 IST: TOSS! Shane Watson wins the toss and Royal Challengers Bagalore will bowl first vs Sunrisers Hyderabad. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan makes debut for SRH. Tymal Mills and Aniket Choudhary debut for RCB.#SpiritofCricket at #IPL – #Viratkohli & #davidwarner pic.twitter.com/dUevlFhJoI- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2017Best of Luck @TomMoodyCricket and @SunRisers in your title defence of @IPL #BringItHome @davidwarner31 #WalesisWatching- Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) April 5, 2017The original #IPL iconic players are here to kickstart the proceedings – @sachin_rt @VVSLaxman281 @SGanguly99 @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/eFdD8TkCll- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201718.35 IST: IPL 2017 opening ceremony gets underway with a musical performance. (Opening Ceremony Highlights)Everyone’s eager to grab a seat in the ultimate encounter against RCB. How are you all preparing yourselves? #IPL #OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/uFEZaQJJ5I- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 5, 2017#RCBCheerfie @RCBTweets #GioneeRCB #Playbold #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/WdsJrHnLx5- ankit loya (@Ankit_loya) April 5, 2017Looking forward to a positive start 2 IPL 2017.I am sure @SunRisers will play to its potential&get the desired result.Good luck #orangearmy- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 5, 2017Looking forward to the Afghan boys playing and rolling their arm over today,groundbreaking . Fab picks by @SunRisers #VIVOIPL2017- Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) April 5, 2017The Indian Premier League has turned 10. Since its inception in 2008, the glittering T20 tournament has found a resonance with the masses in India and players overseas. The IPL today, is easily the most-loved shortest format tournament in the world and players from all over the world want to be a part of it. (It means a lot to be defending champions: Warner to India Today)Game day, looking forward to our first @IPL match, boys all geared up and ready to fire! Get behind the #orangearmy @SunRisers #SRHvRCB- Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) April 5, 2017From record-breaking batsmen to wicket-taking bowlers to spectacular fielding efforts, the IPL has seen it all. In nine seasons so far, 578 matches have been played and 42 hundreds scored. Virat Kohli scored four of those last year alone during a record-shattering season where he amassed 973 runs.All set for tonight game against Hyderabad ??? #RCB #PlayBold?? #JaiMataDi?????? pic.twitter.com/yX0uEpA1Bm- yuZvendra Chahal23 (@yuzi_chahal) April 5, 2017Unfortunately, for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he won’t feature in the opening game against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB will also be without the services of Lokesh Rahul, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan. (Cricketers have become more stylish since IPL started: Vidya to India Today)SRH, on the other hand, have no such fitness concerns. Led by David Warner, they also have the explosive Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh and the classy Kane Williamson in their ranks. The bowling line-up is not bad either with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashsh Nehra, Barinder Sran. Bangladesh pacer Mushtafizur Rahman, however, will not feature in the opening clash. (RCB will be weak without Kohi, AB, Rahul: Ganguly to India Today)SRH have also included two dangerous T20 operators from Afghanistan and all eyes will be on the young Rashid Khan.However, teams would underestimate RCB, even without Kohli, ABD and Rahul, at their own peril. They still have in their ranks the likes of Chris Gayle and Shane Watson and either man can turn a game on its head. (Showman Kohli missing, IPL 2017 to kick-off without some big stars)Watson will lead RCB in the absence of Kohli and de Villiers and it will be interesting to see where he bats. He had opened for Australia against India in a T20 International last year and responded with a majestic hundred. Will he partner Gayle at the top?Despite the many odds RCB face against a well-settled SRH, it promises to be a cracker of an opening game between two IPL heavyweights. Two Australian captains are bound to create plenty of sparks in the middle and it will be interesting to see how their men react.