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.

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.

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.

IPL 2019: Teams Which Will Be Most Affected By Non Availability of Players

IPL 2019: Teams Which Will Be Most Affected By Non Availability of Players

The teams of the IPL are already in a fix this year, as a majority of the foreign players won’t be available owing to the 2019 World Cup. 

Only players from New Zealand and West Indies will be available for the entirety of IPL 2019. Australia and Bangladesh will be playing till the 3rd and 2nd week of April respectively, and South Africa along with Sri Lanka will be available till early May with the English players heading back early as well. Even the BCCI is considering giving Indian players a break before the World Cup gets underway. Here are the teams which will be affected the most by these decisions.

Mumbai Indians

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Mumbai Indians did pick up Quinton De Kock and Lasith Malinga, but these players will not be available for a good two weeks of the tournament. Jason Behrendorff, the Australian trailblazer, will also not be available. Moreover, Jasprit Bumrah may also be rested, causing him to miss crucial matches.

Also Read: A complete analysis – MI

Rajasthan Royals

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Rajasthan Royals were led brilliantly by their foreign recruits last season. However, this year can be massively different as most of their stars will be absent. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, who is in the fray for a national call-up, and Jos Buttler are extremely imported for England to win the World Cup. The franchise has already asked for Steven Smith’s replacement and the team will miss the Aussies services in all likelihood this year too. The backup players of Rajasthan do not have much experience, and this may push the team to the backfoot.

Also Read: A complete analysis – RR

Sunrisers Hyderabad

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The team seems very strong on paper, with big names like Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. However, these two players are the only ones who are likely to play throughout the season. While Jonny Bairstow will be focussing primarily on the World Cup, David Warner and Billy Stanlake will miss the first week and the last two weeks. Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi’s tenure may get cut short by the second week of May. Bhuvneshwar Kumar may be rested as well.

Also Read: A complete analysis – SRH

Test XI of 2018

Test XI of 2018

The year 2018 redefined the way the world view Test Cricket. With plenty of close encounters and excellent performances throughout, audiences were in for a treat as challenging games and nail-biting finishes became more prominent.

Here is the Test XI of 2018. 


Dimuth Karunaratne

The opener had a phenomenal year for Sri Lanka, even though he played most of his matches at home. He amassed 743 runs at an average of 46.43 and was in the top ten highest run-scorers for the year. With seven fifties and one hundred, ensured that Sri Lanka were off to good starts more often than not. 


Aiden Markram

Markram has been a consistent anchor at the top of the order for the South Africans in the last few years and 2018 was no different. He finished the year with 672 runs and faced opposition teams like Australia and India at home, whilst also traveling to Sri Lanka for a series in the sub-continent. 


Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara knuckled down and consolidated the innings after the early loss of wickets right throughout the year. With the Indian openers looking iffy throughout 2018, the onus was on Pujara to come in early and anchor the innings, something that he did with ease. Even though the Saurashtra player had a dubious record overseas before the year began, Pujara did well to end 2018 with 837 runs, including two hundred in Australia that has put the team on course for a historical series win. 

Also Read: T20I XI of 2018

Virat Kohli 

India has led the Indian team from the front and has marked himself as the best batsman of the year, finishing with 1322 runs at an average of 55.08. The skipper conquered South Africa, led the charge in England and has been the silent performer in Australia as well and while his feats do not compare to Steven Smith’s run in 2017, there is no taking away from Kohli’s efforts. Most impressive was the Delhi player’s strike-rate that was just a little short of 60 in 2018. 


Joe Root

The English captain finishes as the second highest run-getter of 2018 with 948 runs at an average of 41 that includes two hundred and six fifties. Except for the Ashes at the start of the year, England had a solid run in Tests in 2018, and they have Root to thank for it by a large margin. England was yet another side plagued by an inconsistent top-order, but the player’s ability to hold the fort and take his team out of safety ensures he finds a place in Test XI. 


Kane Williamson 

The Kiwi skipper might not have played many Tests in 2018, but he did make full use of his chances when given a chance. He racked up 651 runs in only 12 innings, averaging 59 and notching up a 50 once in every two innings. 


Jonny Bairstow

None of the wicket-keepers had a standout year in 2018, and hence the selection for this spot was a tricky one. However, Bairstow edges out the others despite not keeping in England’s tour to Sri Lanka, where he handed over the gloves to Ben Foakes. He batted well with the middle and the lower order throughout and did well to score more than 600 runs at a decent strike-rate as well. 

Also Read: ODI XI of 2018

Nathan Lyon 

The spinner’s slot saw a stiff competition, with Dilruwan Perera in the fray as well. However, while the Sri Lankan had a better average than Lyon, the Aussie gets a look-in because he played against stronger rivals as against Sri Lanka who only had a tour to West Indies. Australia played series’ against South Africa, Pakistan, and India and he did well to finish with 49 wickets at an average of 34.02. In a year when the Australians struggled, Lyon was one of the most consistent performers. 


Mohammad Abbas

The Pakistani had a dream run and finished with a strike-rate that most fast bowlers only dream about – taking a wicket in every 36.3 balls. Though Abbas is not the biggest swinger of the ball and is not the quickest either, his accuracy, especially when he is reverse swinging the ball in dry conditions makes him a real threat. He picked up 38 wickets in the barred tracks of UAE, and the fast bowler is one of the most exciting talents to have emerged in Test cricket in the recent past. 


James Anderson 

The 36-year old seems to be getting better with age, finishing 2018 with 43 wickets at a ridiculous average of 22.51. He played a huge role in England’s series triumph over India last year and though he struggled in the Ashes Down Under in 2017, he was able to put all the disappointments behind as he had a stellar season. 


Kagiso Rabada

The best pace bowler in the world at the moment, Rabada had a year to remember in 2018, as he finished with 52 wickets at an average of 20.07 and a strike-rate of 36.3. The player played against quality opponents as well, which includes Australia and India and is the lead player in a threatening pace attack for South Africa. 


England’s whitewash series over Australia

England VS Australia

The fifth and final one-day international match at Old Trafford on Sunday saw England gain a full victory over Australia ending the series at a final score of 5-0. Jos Buttler’s undefeated 110 saw the team to a one-wicket win over their opponents. This is England’s first ever whitewash win over Australia in the 140 years the teams have battled each other on the field internationally. 

But it didn’t seem like England had this win in the bag until Buttler came in. They got off to a disastrous start with a target of 206 to chase and a score of 114 for 8. Buttler then came in and reduced the target to 11 runs shy of a victory. Adil Rashid (20) helped his partner to put 81 runs on the board and was dismissed just when the game was turning its luck. 

Australia has not been having a good ride with ODIs recently as this adds on as their sixteenth defeat in their last 18 ODI matches. This includes nine defeats out of ten matches against England itself. Although this may be England’s first whitewash victory over the Land Down Under, Australia is no stranger to whitewash defeats as they faced one recently at the hands of South Africa. This may just be their wake-up call to up their game in the ODI series.

England, however, had a record-breaking win in their third match with a score of 481-6 at Trent Bridge, following that with a victory with five overs to spare in Durham on Thursday.  

Buttler broke some personal records himself facing 100 balls for the first time in an ODI match. Openers Jason Roy (304) and Jonny Bairstow (300) were the leading run-scorers. Buttler made a total of 275 runs but was the bigger threat in the series being dismissed only twice. Spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took out a combined total of 24 wickets. They did not let slip many runs either with an average of 5.09 to 5.60 runs per over. 

Australian Captain Tim Paine had a disappointing performance as he found himself run out for one in the final match, ending his series total at 36 – the lowest scored by an Australian captain in a five-day series. 

“We should have chased that total down with ease, but it’s fantastic to win it. They’re so enjoyable when you win by a wicket. It’s a good habit to have, knowing how to win and finding a way to win when you probably shouldn’t. Adil Rashid played a fantastic hand, and so did Jake Ball. He soaked it up and handled it brilliantly.”, said Man of the Match, Jos Buttler. 

“Today was mesmerizing. Jos was outstanding. Everyone in that changing room is very proud of him. We were very poor today and Jos really did pull something special out to get us over the line.”, said England captain Eoin Morgan.

“We’ve certainly been taught a lesson by a world-class outfit. We had them under pressure. Jos and Rashid played really well but we didn’t get enough balls in the right area. With a bat, ball and in the field during this series, we’ve folded a little bit.”, said Australian captain Tim Paine. 

Jos Buttler knew that it was down to him. You get a sense that he really enjoyed it – MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers are like that. You need to have a huge amount of inner belief and strength. Without him, this England team would be a very good one. With him, they’re outstanding.”, said former England captain Michael Vaughan. 

Another international series down as Australia will attempt to rise back from the ashes and England celebrates a mark made in history.