This Is Just the Beginning: Rahane on Rajasthan’s Loss to SRH

Watch Rajasthan Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane speak about his team’s nine-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad spoiled Rajasthan Royals' return to the Indian Premier League in a thumping nine-wicket home victory on Monday.

Hyderabad didn't miss banned skipper David Warner as Shikhar Dhawan, dropped before scoring, and new captain Kane Williamson shared an unbeaten 121-run stand to help SRH reach 127-1 in 15.5 overs.

Dhawan blazed an unbeaten 77 off 57 balls, including 13 boundaries and a six, while Williamson was unbeaten on 36, hitting three fours and a six.

Rajasthan's multimillion dollar signings, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, failed in their team's sub-par total of 125-9 after being put in to bat by Williamson, who replaced Warner after the latter was caught in a ball-tampering scandal last month.

Rajasthan, returning after a two-year ban due to a betting scandal, struggled to put on partnerships in the absence of its own banned captain, Steve Smith.

Top scorer Sanju Samson (49) and captain Ajinkya Rahane (12) put up the best stand of 46 for the second wicket. Buttler and Stokes scored only 6 and 5 respectively.

We thought 125 was on the lower side, 150 or 160 would have been great. This is just the beginning. There’s a long way to go in this tournament.
Ajinkya Rahane

Rahane expressed that Rajasthan needed a set batsman to bat through the innings.

We wanted to get a good start in the first 6 overs. But then we lost wickets in the middle overs. One set batsman needs to bat through the innings.
Ajinkya Rahane

When asked about the Hyderabad pitch, Rahane said:

The ball was doing a bit and the medium pacers were getting assistance from the pitch.
Ajinkya Rahane

(With inputs from AP)

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