SRH vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the thirty-third encounter

SRH vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the thirty-third encounter

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered an easy win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday, April 18 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. 


Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got off to a flying start. They added 79 runs in the opening partnership but the middle orders failed to carry the momentum and they ended up putting 132 on board.

Chasing 133, Hyderabad openers also started in a great way. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 66 runs in 5.4 overs. Their middle orders didn’t lose the plot and they registered a comfortable victory within 17 overs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Chennai’s middle order crumbled

Having chosen to bat first, Chennai openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis started hitting from the beginning and put up 41 runs within the powerplay. However, they didn’t stop scoring and their big shots led them to 79 runs together before Watson got dismissed for 31. Another opener Faf du Plessis also got out in the very next over for 45.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for SRH vs CSK

The problem started from there. Middle orders failed to carry the momentum given by the openers. Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, and Sam Billings dismissed in quick succession and suddenly they reduced to 101/5 from 79/0. Apart from Ambati Rayudu in the middle order, other batsmen failed to score big and that didn’t allow Chennai to put up a competitive total. They managed to put up 132/5 after 20 overs.

Rashid Khan’s spell

Rashid Khan is one of the key players of Hyderabad. He has the ability to restrict any batsman by his spin. He has once again proved his worth in the team in yesterday’s game. Rashid Khan first came to bowl in the eighth over. However, he conceded 14 runs in the first two overs. But his third over made the change.

Chennai were 97 for 2 after 13 overs when Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina were on the crease. They were hoping for a big score but Rashid Khan had other plans. He returned for his second spell in the 14th over and started with the dismissal of Suresh Raina. He trapped Raina before the stump for 13 in the first ball. 

He again trapped Kedar Jadhav before the stumps for mere 1 in the fourth delivery. That left Chennai for 99/4. Rashid ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-17-2; where he bowled 13 dot balls in his four-over spell.

Hyderabad openers made the winning foundation

Chasing a mere total of 133, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow started hitting from the very first over. Their back-to-back big shots helped them to add 66 runs within 5.4 overs before Warner’s dismissal; who got dismissed right after scoring another half-century off 24 balls; which included 10 boundaries.

On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow started to steady the ship with the middle order batsmen. He took on Karn Sharma for two maximums in the 11th over and reached his half-century in the 15th over off 39 balls. He scored 61 off 44, including three boundaries and as many sixes. However, both the openers made the winning foundation for the team; where Hyderabad claimed an easy win with 19 balls to spare.

World Cup 2019: Australia announces squad that includes Smith and Warner

World Cup 2019: Australia announces squad that includes Smith and Warner but leaves out big names

As the Cricket Australia board were to announce the 15-man squad for the World Cup mix it was certain that the bench strength of the previously reduced squad will be more of a bane than a boon for the management. 


The Australian think tank had to choose between taking back ex-captain Steve Smith and David Warner and leaving one of them out to squeeze another option in. The ICC Cricket World Cup will commence on May 30 and the defending Champions will begin their campaign on June 1 when they take on Afghanistan.

New Zealand, the finalists of the 2015 World Cup, were the first to announce their World Cup squad earlier this month. On April 15, India and Australia unveiled their 15-man brigade for the ICC event. While the other two squads included a reserve wicket-keeper, the Australian management has acted against it. Taking Alex Carey as their first choice for a wicketkeeper, the Aussies left out the talented glovesman Peter Handscomb. He averages 43.54 with the bat in the year 2019 and also played a key role in Australia’s victory in India last month. His 117 in Mohali paved the way for Australia’s highest successful ODI chase ever.

Also Read: India’s World Cup Squad

But the think tank thought that top-order batting, with Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch who are in the form of their lives, and with the David Warner-Steve Smith duo returning after a year-long absence, Handscomb’s inclusion was no go. Handscomb wasn’t just the one to be left out from the list of players who had steered Australia’s away series victory over India. Even Ashton Turner missed out on a World Cup spot. Meanwhile, Alex Carey and Jason Behrendorff made the cut.

Veteran bowler Josh Hazlewood was also left out as he is seen as more of a Test Cricket specialist. However, the CA board has attested that in the case of any injury to any of the five fast bowlers, Hazlewood will positively be called in as a replacement. 

World Cup squad: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.

SRH vs DC: 3 takeaways from the thirtieth encounter

SRH vs DC: 3 takeaways from the thirtieth encounter

Delhi Capitals (DC) registered another win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Sunday, April 14 in Hyderabad. 


Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, Delhi lost both their openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan within 20 runs. However, Collin Munro scored 40 off 24, Shreyas Iyer scored a 40 off 45 and guided Delhi to a decent total of 155 on board.

Chasing 166, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will add 72 runs in 9.5 overs. At that point, it was looking an easy win for Hyderabad. However, a 4-wicket haul by Kagiso Rabada, two three-wicket hauls by Chris Morris and Keemo Paul helped Delhi to win another game convincingly.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Middle orders of Delhi performed well after a failed opening partnership

Asked to bat first, Delhi’s in-form openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t provide the start which they are accustomed to. Both were dismissed after scoring four and seven respectively. Khaleel Ahmed, who was playing his first game for Hyderabad, picked up both the openers.

Read here: KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

However, Collin Munro; who was playing his first game yesterday, started hitting from the very beginning. Later, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer also joined the party. They took on every bowler they faced. They added 49 runs before Munro’s dismissal for 40 off 24 which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, scored a 40-ball 45 and Rishabh Pant scored 2 off 19 and guided Delhi to a competitive total of 155 after 20 overs.

Over-dependence on the Hyderabad openers

Chasing 156, Hyderabad got off to a flying start. They won their three games out of seven, because of a strong opening partnership between David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They both added 40 runs within the powerplay. They both made sure that the run-rate would be normal which they can easily chase.

They both added 72 runs in 9.5 overs before Keemo Paul handed over the first breakthrough to his team. However, apart from the openers, none of the batsmen reached the double-digit and once again Hyderabad lost due to a dismal batting performance from the middle-orders.

Delhi bowlers did the job

Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 72 runs in the first 10 overs. At that point, the game was pretty much in the Hyderabad’s court. But Keemo Paul picked the first wicket for his team. He dismissed Bairstow for 41. After that, he dismissed Kane Williamson in quick succession.

Warner, on the other hand, tried to anchor the chase. Paul once again struck in the 16th over and picked up Ricky Bhui’s wicket for 7. After his three-wicket haul, Rabada joined him. He first dismissed the set batsman, Warner by a slower delivery for 51 and on the very next ball he picked up Vijay Shankar.

The next was Chris Morris’ show; who struck thrice in the 18th over and Rabada sealed the deal by taking the last two wickets in the penultimate over. Delhi bowlers did a wonderful job by dismantled Hyderabad’s middle order where they lost their eight wickets for 15 runs and Delhi won the game comfortably.

KXIP vs SRH: 3 takeaways from the twenty-second encounter

KL Rahul

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) registered a comfortable victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 6 wickets in Mohali on Monday, April 8. 


Punjab won the toss and elected to field first. Asked to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad were expecting a steady start from their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. But like the last game, Jonny Bairstow failed to contribute; where their middle order too crumbled under pressure.

Warner, however, stayed at the other end and scored an unbeaten 70. Along with him, Deepak Hooda scored a 3-ball 14 and helped Hyderabad to reach 150-4 after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, Punjab also lost their dangerous opener, Chris Gayle, very cheaply. But a steady 114-run partnership guided them to another victory over Hyderabad.

Here are the three talking points from the game:

A rather slow start of Hyderabad

Put into bat, Hyderabad were hoping for a flying start which they are accustomed to. But Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s carrom ball didn’t let that happen. He picked up the in-form Jonny Bairstow in the very second over when Ravichandran Ashwin took a brilliant well-judged low catch at mid-wicket; which sent Bairstow in the dugout for 1 off 6.

Also read: RR vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-first encounter

Then Vijay Shankar and David Warner tried to steady the ship but they only managed 27 runs in the powerplay due to their defensive game. They never tried to accelerate the innings and added only 50 runs after 10 overs. However, that slow start affected their score in the death overs as well, apart from the final over; where a 3-ball 14 powered Hyderabad to a decent competitive total after 20 overs.

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal’s second-wicket partnership

Chasing 151, Chris Gayle was the first wicket which Punjab lost. He was dismissed very cheaply for 16. Later, KL Rahul started building the partnership with Mayank Agarwal. Both of them took on the bowlers and reached the 100-run mark in the 13th over.

Both of them started hitting all over the park and it became difficult for the bowlers to dismiss them. Rahul reached his half-century in the final ball of the 13th over while Agarwal reached in the 17th over. However, Agarwal got out after scoring 55 off 43, including 3 boundaries and as many over-boundaries.

On the other hand, KL Rahul remained unbeaten at 71 off 53, including 7 boundaries and a six. Their 114-run partnership helped Punjab to register their fourth win of this season.

The final over

Punjab were always in a driving seat during their chase against Hyderabad. They were needed mere 32 runs to claim another win from four overs with nine wickets in their hand. Then they thought to score more quickly and managed 13 runs in the 17th over; which brought the equation to 19 off 18 balls. This has become so easy nowadays in Twenty20 games.

But Hyderabad had some other plans. Sandeep Sharma came to bowl in the 18th over where he dismissed Mayank Agarwal and David Miller, conceding mere three runs. The penultimate over was bowled by Siddarth Kaul; who bowled an excellent over and gave away five runs and took up Mandeep Singh as well. Both of their spells gave Mohammed Nabi to defend 10 runs in the final over.

However, Kings XI Punjab managed to win the game with one ball to spare.

SRH vs MI: 3 takeaways from the nineteenth encounter

SRH vs MI: 3 takeaways from the nineteenth encounter

Mumbai Indians (MI) registered another win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday, April 7. 


Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to bowl first. Asked to bat first, Mumbai had a rather slow start with their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. Both added 21 runs in 3.4 overs before Rohit’s dismissal. They failed to build a stable partnership as Hyderabad bowlers’ did an excellent job by taking wickets. Mumbai were 97/7 after 18 overs. However, Pollard changed the situation as he scored 46* off 26 and guided Mumbai to 136/7.

Chasing 137, Hyderabad were looking for another blistering inning from their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. But this time they failed to contribute and departed within the powerplay. Later, Alzarri Joseph’s 6-wicket haul bundled Hyderabad within 96; registering a win by 40 runs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Pollard’s power hitting in death overs

Asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians was struggling at 97/7 in 18 overs and apart from Kieron Pollard, other batsmen were on the dugout by then. But Pollard had some other plans. he took on Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the final two overs.

He smashed three sixes off Kaul in the penultimate over and managed 20 runs. In the final over, he hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two boundaries and a six, managing 19 runs. He scored 39 runs in the final two overs. His heroics powered Mumbai to 136/7.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for RR vs KKR

An off-day for Hyderabad openers

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s run score or run-chase mostly dependent on the openers- David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They had previous partnerships of 118, 110, 185 and 64 in the four matches.

Both of them started with that mindset only and put up 27 runs in the first three overs. To stop the run-flow, Rohit Sharma introduced Rahul Chahar in the 4th over where Chahar cleaned up Bairstow for 16 off 10. Bairstow hit an outside off delivery; resulting in a top-edge which landed in the hand of Bumrah at short third man region.

In the next over, Alzarri Joseph dismissed David Warner for 15 runs. For the first time in this season, both the openers got out within the powerplay. SRH reduced to 33/2 within the powerplay. From then, they never bounced back in the game.

Alzarri Joseph’s dream debut in IPL

West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph replaced injured Adam Milne in the Mumbai Indians’ squad and made his IPL debut yesterday, against Hyderabad. It is a dream debut for him no doubt. 

He dismissed Warner on the very first delivery. He picked up Vijay Shankar in his second over for 5. Later, he picked up Deepak Hooda and Rashid Khan in the consecutive deliveries in the 16th over and Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul in his final over and ended his spell with the figures of 3.4-1-12-6. His brilliant spell bowled out Hyderabad within 96 on board.

Once again Hyderabad’s middle-order failed to resurrect the innings after the openers’ early dismissal. They need to settle things early before the next game so that they could win.

DC vs SRH: 3 takeaways from the sixteenth encounter

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Fantasy Team Predictions

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered another win over Delhi Capitals (DC) on Thursday on a slow Feroz Shah Kotla pitch. 


Hyderabad won the toss and opted to field first on a slow Feroz Shah Kotla pitch. Delhi got off to a slow start as they lost their opener Prithvi Shaw for 11. Hyderabad bowlers showcased a brilliant performance. However, Shreyas Iyer tried his best and scored a fighting 43 and Delhi put up 129/8 after 20 overs.

Chasing the total, Hyderabad got off to a great start. They put up 62 runs in the powerplay. They too had a batting collapse but they managed to survive and chased down the target with 9 balls to spare.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Delhi’s batting crumbled

Put into bat, Delhi lost their opener Prithvi Shaw very cheaply for 11 when Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s off-cutter bowled him in the third over. Shikhar Dhawan too dismissed for 12. Rishabh Pant also couldn’t contribute much and fell for 5 and they were struggling at 75/5 in 13.3 overs.

However, Shreyas Iyer held the innings from one end and scored a 41-ball 43. Apart from his score, Axar Patel’s 23 off 13 powered them to 129; which was certainly not a safe score to win. Once again their batting crumbled and failed to capitalize which cost them another defeat.

Steady start from Hyderabad

Chasing 130, Hyderabad got off to a flying start. Opener Jonny Bairstow who has been in a formidable form took on the Delhi bowlers and scored a quickfire 48 runs in just 28 balls; which included nine fours and one six. His fierce batting took Hyderabad to 62 runs in the power play without losing any wicket and that made the winning foundation for the team.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

However, the other opener David Warner couldn’t perform well and fell for mere 10. Later, Hyderabad’s middle order too faced hiccups but the blitzy 48 by Bairstow helped them to chase the total with ease with 9 balls to spare.

Mohammad Nabi made the difference

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammed Nabi has already showcased his talent in the previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where he picked up 4 wickets by giving away 11 runs and restricted his opponent within a below per.

On the back of his last game, he got to play the second game against Delhi where he again proved his worth. At first, he bagged two important wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. Both the batsmen can turn the table single-handedly. Nabi picked them up which didn’t allow Delhi batters to contribute much.

On the other hand, while chasing, Hyderabad also lost a couple of wickets on a quick interval. Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan failed big time and they were in need of a finisher. However, Mohammed Nabi became that finisher for his side. With 10 runs required off 12 balls, Nabi hit Rabada for a four over the covers and then a maximum off consecutive balls to get past the line with 9 balls to spare and claimed a comfortable victory by five wickets.

IPL 2019: DC vs SRH- Key Player Battles To Watch Out For

IPL 2019: DC vs SRH- Key Player Battles To Watch Out For

The 16th match of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will see the Delhi Capitals lock horns with the third-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad


The visiting team at Feroz Shah Kotla are likely to have their captain Kane Williamson, who was out due to a recurring shoulder injury, back in the playing XI. The Sunrisers have a 3-1 win/loss record over the Delhi Capitals at this venue. 

The Hyderabad-based franchise who are yet to lose a wicket in the PowerPlay overs in IPL 2019 season will find it difficult to maintain the record on this pitch tonight when they face the Delhi team. The pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla won’t be anything like in Hyderabad. While the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium witnessed consecutive 200-plus totals this season, the Delhi track will be relatively slow with variable bounce, giving the batsmen a hard time during the first few overs, especially with the new ball. 

How the star openers of the SRH team- England’s Jonny Bairstow and the Aussie David Warner- perform in these conditions will be interesting to watch. Much like the issues, the Chennai Super Kings faced on Wednesday, playing against the Mumbai Indians wherein the previously unbeaten Dhoni’s team faced defeat after moving out of their comfort zone. Sure the SRH will be placed out of their comfort zone too on Thursday.

Also Read: Fantasy Guide for DC vs SRH

As we look closer into the contest, let’s check out the key player battles that one cannot miss in tonight’s game:

Shikhar Dhawan vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

With three thirty-plus scores in the first three games, while playing for the Delhi Capitals the Indian opener has looked properly equipped against the new ball. But as mentioned above it would be tough to deal with the pacers due to the Kotla track and facing Bhuvneshwar could prove to be a challenge for Dhawan. Sure Bhuvi’s numbers- he’s picked five wickets in 13 games at an average 74.2 and economy-rate of 7.73- against Delhi are his worst against an opponent in the IPL. However, when it comes to head-to-head with the Delhi opener, Bhuvneshwar got him once with the batsman scoring 19 off 14.

David Warner vs Kagiso Rabada

David Warner, who was banned from participating in the 2018 season of the marquee T20 league, has made a great return to the Sunrisers camp. The two fifty-plus scores and an unbeaten hundred in the first three games literally speak for themselves. Together with Warner and his opening partner Jonny Bairstow have consolidated the top order of SRH’s batting remarkably. Neither of them has been dismissed in the Powerplay so far. So far he has massed 254 runs with scores of 100, 85 and 69. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada, the in-form bowler of the Delhi Capitals camp, is known for picking up wickets in both the powerplay and death overs. To dismiss Warner early and put pressure on the SRH batting lineup, Rabada would be instrumental. This is a player battle to watch out for.

Jonny Bairstow vs Sandeep Lamichhane

SRH opener, English wicket-keeper, and star batsman Jonny Bairstow has had a dream run so far in the 12th edition of the IPL. He came up with first ever IPL hundred following a brilliant hundred his opening partner Warner as well. Thus forming a lethal partnership to consolidate the batting. The only factor that can keep back this otherwise unstoppable batsman is that he takes time to adjust against spin at the beginning of his innings and that’s when the Delhi Capitals can unleash Sandeep Lamichhane, who with his rare quality of bowling with the new ball within the powerplay overs can slower Bairstow down. This player battle will pique the interest of all fans tonight.

SRH vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the eleventh encounter

SRH vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the eleventh encounter

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.

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.

Also Read: Warner and Bairstow repeat Kohli and ABD’s show

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.

Warner-Bairstow becomes second pair after Kohli-de Villers to hit centuries in same innings

IPL 2019, MI vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

Hyderabad has seen a huge run fest during the game against Bangalore. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow both smashed centuries and guided to a huge total of 231 after 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). 


RCB won the toss and chose to field first. Openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner started the innings on a high note. They didn’t allow the bowlers to create pressure on them. 

David Warner has been in a formidable form from the beginning of the season but today Jonny Bairstow took the charge. Newbie Prayas Roy Barman’s second over to Bairstow was a remarkable one. At first, he hit a maximum over deep cover, then back to back boundaries and reached his maiden fifty in the IPL off 28 balls.

While Bairstow was hitting big shots, Warner held at the other side. He completed his half-century in the 13th over. However, by then both of them made the highest partnership for SRH. Bairstow didn’t slow down his scoring and reached his maiden IPL hundred in the 16th over.

Finally, he got dismissed in the 17th over for 114. Both he and David Warner made a 185-run opening stand which surpassed Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn’s 184*-run partnership for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Gujarat Lions at Rajkot in 2017.

This partnership broke Shikar Dhawan and Kane Williamson’s 176-run opening stand against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla in 2018. This has become the highest partnership for SRH for any wicket now.

However, after Bairstow’s century, it was David Warner who took on the bowlers and completed his 4th IPL century in the final over when he hit Siraj for a boundary behind square on the off-side. 

Also Read: In IPL So far 3 Indians have scored 99 runs in an innings 

With this century, SRH openers became the second pair after Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to do so in IPL. Kohli and de Villiers smashed centuries against Gujarat Lions in Bangalore in 2016. Their century stand becomes the fourth pair in the list of two individual 100s in the same innings in T20-cricket:

K O’Brien and H Marshall, Gloucestershire v Middlesex, Uxbridge, 2011
V Kohli and AB de Villiers, RCB v GL, Bengaluru, 2016
A Hales and R Rossouw, R Riders v C Vikings, Chattogram, 2019
D Warner and J Bairstow, SRH v RCB, 2019

However, similar innings were played by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for RCB in 2016 when they took on Gujarat Lions. After Gayle’s early dismissal, AB de Villiers joined Kohli on the field. Both the batsmen punished the bowlers till the end. AB de Villiers was more dangerous, he reached his century in the 16t over where he hit three maximums and a boundary.

After getting a hundred, de Villiers didn’t show any mercy to the bowlers. Then Kohli chose Shivil Kaushik in the 19th over where the first ball went for a six over the covers. The second one went for a boundary through the same area. The next three deliveries were consecutive sixes from Kohli and the last delivery went for 2 runs. Before the over, Kohli was on 65 off 45 and the over ended with Kohli on 95 off 51.

Kohli reached his ton by hitting a maximum and ended up scoring 109 off 55 with the strike rate of 198.18 which included 5 boundaries and 8 maximums. On the other hand, AB de Villiers remained unbeaten at 129 off 52 with the strike rate of 248.07 which included 10 boundaries and 12 sixes.

In today’s match, Bairstow’s 114 came off 56 balls with a strike rate of 203.57 which included 12 boundaries and 7 sixes. David Warner took 55 balls to reach his ton which came at a strike rate of 181.82, including 5 boundaries and as many sixes.

Both the scores came for winning causes and hopefully, this IPL will bring many more performances like these.

Chris Gayle hit 300th IPL maximum against Mumbai Indians

Chris Gayle hit 300th IPL maximum against Mumbai Indians

Kings XI Punjab’s opener Chris Gayle became the first-ever batsman to hit 300 sixes in the Indian Premier League on Saturday, March 30 against Mumbai Indians at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali.  


Chasing 177 to win against Mumbai Indians, Chris Gayle hit Mitchel McClenaghan for back to back sixes in the third over. He also smashed Hardik Pandya for consecutive sixes in the seventh over before getting dismissed for 40 off 24 deliveries to Krunal Pandya. Hardik Pandya grabbed a brilliant catch on the boundary line and ended Gayle’s dangerous scoring.

However, the feat is undoubtedly special because there is no other player who has hit this much of sixes, even they haven’t crossed the 200-mark as well. The other batsmen who are in the list of hitting maximum: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers with 192 sixes, Chennai Super Kings’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni with 187 sixes and Suresh Raina from the same team with 186 sixes and Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma with 185 sixes.

Also Read: Gayle rethinking about his retirement 

Prior to the game, Gayle had 4093 runs in his name from 113 matches at an average of 41.34 with six centuries and 25 half-centuries. He is the second overseas player after Warner to join the 4000-club.

Gayle has been in an astonishing form and he is the sixth highest run-getter this season with 99 runs after two games. He had scored 79 in the first game against Rajasthan Royals where he won the ‘Man of the Match’ award. During this knock, Gayle also broke David Warner’s record of becoming the quickest player to reach 4000 runs in the IPL.

Earlier, Hardik Pandya once again played a crucial part for Mumbai Indians after another dismal performance from the middle-order as Mumbai Indians scored 176 for 7. Quinton de Kock tried his best and scored a 39-ball 60 but the middle-order, unfortunately, was not able to contribute much before Hardik Pandya quickfire 31 off 19 balls to ensure Mumbai Indians crossed the 175-run mark.

While De Kock smashed six boundaries and two maximums, Hardik Pandya smashed three boundaries and a six off Mohammed Shami. Captain Rohit Sharma also played a good inning, scoring an 18-ball 32 with five boundaries.