In the eighth game of IPL 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) displayed an exceptional effort to register a spectacular 5-wicket victory against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Hyderabad. It was a sensational encounter in which nearly 400 runs were scored combined by both the teams. In the first innings, RR batsman Sanju Samson cracked a stupendous century knock to guide his towards a huge total of 198 runs and in turn also became the first centurion of IPL 2019. However, hosts Sunrisers chased down the massive total with pretty much ease on the back of David Warner’s stunning innings of 69 runs off 37 balls which also completely overshadowed Samson’s terrific century.
The local Hyderabad fans are amazing
While speaking during the post-match presentation ceremony, Warner revealed that it is the local fans, which inspire him the most. The SRH opener praised Samson for his sensational innings and reckoned that he batted really well. Warner mentioned that initially he did not felt that the Hyderabad track was actually a wicket where 200 can be chased so easily.
“One thing that inspires me is the local fans, they are amazing. We try and put on a good show. We didn’t get off to a good start, a serious innings from Sanju and full credit to him. He came out and played really well. He allowed himself time and the wicket got better. Actually I didn’t think it was a 200 wicket. We have played on similar wickets where if you bowl that hard length it is hard to bat,” said David Warner.
Me and Jonny have partnered really well
Warner along with his opening partner Jonny Bairstow got Sunrisers off to a scintillating start last night, smashing a fabulous total of 110 runs in just 9.4 overs. This was Warner and Bairstow’s second century-plus opening partnership in IPL 2019, as the duo stitched a remarkable stand of 118 runs in the opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Warner also stated that he has gelled really well with Bairstow.
“Me and Jonny have partnered really well since Kolkata. There have been a few hiccups with him trying to get off the mark, I have been hogging the strike a little bit, but over the years I have been held back a little bit,” he added.
I enjoy playing in front of this crowd
The SRH opener noted that the hosts are pretty versed with the nature of Hyderabad wicket and know the dimensions of the ground really well. He reckoned that in high-scoring games it is always important to be calculative while batting. “We know this ground pretty well. We know the dimensions well. There has been a breeze from one side for the last two days but tonight it wasn’t there. You have to be calculative with your batting. I enjoy playing in front of this crowd. They are fantastic,” concluded Warner.