Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered another comfortable win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on March 31, in Hyderabad.
RCB won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, SRH openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow proved Kohli’s decision wrong and put up a record 185-run partnership; which eventually powered them to 231/2 after 20 overs.
Batsmanship of the highest quality from @jbairstow21 & @davidwarner31 & some crafty bowling from @MohammadNabi007 & @sandeep25a & a really satisfying victory for us. May we carry on with this momentum & play our best game each day. Extremely Delighted with d performance #SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/Gd22u8dqS7
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 31, 2019
Chasing this huge total, RCB started losing wickets from the beginning. They failed to make a stable partnership as Mohamed Nabi took a 4-wicket haul and Sandip Sharma took 3 wickets; where RCB bowled out for 113; claiming a 118-run win.
Here are the three talking points of the encounter
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow’s record opening partnership
Put into bat, SRH openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner started smashing the big shots in every given opportunity. Along with the big hits, they rotated the strikes when required. They started punishing all the bowlers and reached 50-mark within the powerplay.
RCB bowlers were unable to restrict them as no trick from them was working. Warner has been in a formidable form from the beginning but Bairstow took the charge in yesterday’s game. He hit Prayas barman for a maximum over deep cover, then back to back boundaries in the 9th over and reached his maiden fifty in the IPL off 28 balls while Warner reached it in the 13th over.
However, Bairstow looked more dangerous as he was constantly dealing with big hits and reached his century in the 16th over before getting dismissed to Chahal in the 17th over. He scored a 56-ball 114 with 12 boundaries and 7 sixes and shared a record opening partnership of 185 with Warner. Whereas Warner reached his 4th IPL century in the final over.
Their record partnership surpassed Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn’s 184*-run opening partnership for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Gujarat Lions at Rajkot in 2017. However, this broke Kohli and de Villers’ record as well of two individual 100s in the same innings in T20-cricket. Kohli and de Villiers’ centuries came against Gujarat Lions in Bangalore in 2016.
Mohammad Nabi’s 4-wicket haul
The Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammed Nabi was a last minute inclusion in the team in place of regular captain Kane Williamson. While playing his first match in this season of IPL, he took no time to show his talent.
He struck in the very second over and dismissed Parthiv Patel for 11. The 4th over became the most remarkable one as the first delivery sent Hetmyer in the dugout for a run-a-ball 9 where the experienced AB de Villers became his third victim in the fourth delivery.
He literally dismantled RCB’s batting attack and when he came back to finish his spell, he was successful to pick up Shivam Dube for 5 and ended his spell with a brilliant figure with 4-0-11-4. His firey spell sealed the game for Hyderabad within the first ten overs.
Top-order failed once again
While chasing a huge total, RCB were required a strong opening partnership. This time they tried another new opening pair. Parthiv Patel came into bat with Shimron Hetmyer. But their decision wasn’t fruitful as both the openers failed to capitalize and dismissed in two successive deliveries from Mohammad Nabi.
Along with them, the AB de Villers got out for mere 1 and captain Virat Kohli fell for 3. The top-four batsmen managed to score mere 24 runs and left the team struggling at 30/5 within 6.2 overs. Due to the collapse, they were unable to return in the game and eventually bundled out within 113.