The Bhuvneshwar Kumar-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered a resounding 118-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 11th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. In the first innings of the match, it was the two SRH openers, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow who stole the show with some sensational power-hitting. The opening duo smashed stunning centuries to propel their team to a monumental first innings total, after which SRH off-spinner Mohammad Nabi delivered a staggering opening spell to rattle the star-studded RCB top-order. After those early wickets, RCB failed to recover and eventually ended up losing the game by a convincing margin.
Bairstow and Warner’s twin tons leave RCB bowling in absolute tatters
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, the two SRH openers, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow once again in the season got their team off to a scintillating start. The duo launched an incredible power-hitting carnival to leave the opposition bowlers in complete clatters. They looked in a pretty dazzling mood, smashing at a belligerent rate to register their record third consecutive 100-run partnership in a matter of just 9.4 overs. Bairstow who played as a second fiddle to Warner in the previous two games, this time took the role of an aggressor, striking a brilliant hundred off just 51 balls and in turn became the second centurion of IPL 2019.
The RCB bowlers surely looked out of solutions on how to stop the pair’s onslaught. Finally, Yuzvendra Chahal provided his team with the opening breakthrough by dismissing Bairstow and in turn the leggie ended the mammoth partnership of 185 runs. However, Warner still kept on hurting the RCB bowlers by blasting at a thunderous strike-rate. After missing his hundred on the last two occasions, Warner this time did not backed down and scored a blazing hundred off only 54 balls. Warner and Bairstow’s stunning effort powered SRH to a humongous first innings total of 231 runs in their quota of 20 overs.
Nabi’s brilliant opening spell force RCB to stumble
In the second innings, the Royal Challengers got off to a horrible start. Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi, who was playing his first game this season, started the proceedings with a fantastic opening spell, picking four RCB top-order wickets to leave the opposition reeling at 35 for 6. After those early opening jitters, the RCB innings never really kicked off as the SRH bowlers kept them in a check, bowling tight lines in the middle-overs stage. Towards the end, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme showed some sort of fight with a brief cameo of 37 runs, but the match was already out of RCB’s reach. SRH fast bowler Sandeep Sharma bowled exceptionally well in the last few overs to bowl out RCB for a paltry total of 113 runs. For SRH, Nabi finished with four wickets to his name, while Sandeep claimed three wickets.
SRH: 231/2 in 20 overs (Jonny Bairstow-114, David Warner-100*; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/44)
RCB: 113/10 in 19.5 overs (Colin de Grandhomme-37; Mohammad Nabi 4/11, Sandeep Sharma 3/19)
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 118 runs
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