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.
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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.
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.