A brief partnership between Prayas Barman and Colin de Grandhomme of RCB could only delay the inevitable as the target set by SRH, courtesy of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, seemed too much of a task for the Royal Challengers’ batsmen who failed to put up a fight
Bengaluru: It was a Jonny Bairstow and David Warner show in the RCB vs SRH game at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to chase. The Sunrisers’ openers seemed to be thankful for the opportunity as both openers set a record partnership of 185 runs and eventually scored centuries each to take the game away from the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
RCB seemed to be no match for the Sunrises Hyderabad as the hosts put up the highest team total of IPL 2019 yet.
Chasing 231, RCB’s opening partnership was broken early with Parthiv Patel and Shimron Hetmyer falling in the 2nd and 4th over of their innings. De Villiers fell quickly after and so did the heart of RCB fans sink a little when he was bowled by Mohammed Nabi.
Captain Kohli and Moeen Ali went cheaply as RCB were reduced to 30/ 5 in 6 overs.
A brief partnership between Payas Barman and Colin de Grandhomme could only delay the inevitable as RCB were all out for 113 runs.
A superb performance by Jonny Baristow who brought up his 100 in 52 balls put the Sunrisers Hyderabad on the front foot.
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner went all out in their attack on the RCB bowling from the first over, heaving sixes if they weren’t taking singles and twos. There was never a dull moment in the opening pair’s partnership as they maintained a run rate of above 10 runs per over.
Powerplay or no powerplay, the opening pair were in punishing mood. Bairstow and Warner brought up their half centuries in no time and only accelerated after the first 10 overs of the innings.
It seemed like the only time the Royal Challengers Bangalore could stop runs from flowing was during the strategic time out.
The 17th over brought some respite for RCB bowlers when Bairstow fell to Chahal for 114, but the momentum remained with the Sunrisers with Warner still at the crease who brought up his 100 of 54 balls in the final over of the match as the team put up a mammoth 231 losing only 2 wickets.
Match result: SRH 231/2 beat RCB 113 allout (19.4 overs) by 118 runs
By Jervis Arthur
Last Updated 1, Apr 2019, 8:02 AM IST