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Cricket news - Bairstow, Warner dismantle RCB to pick up massive win
Oh RCB, you poor, poor team! Virat Kohli's side slid to their third, and easily their most morale-destroying loss as Sunrisers Hyderabad whacked them thorough on their way to a massive 118-run victory on Sunday (March 31).
Jonny Bairstow did the early damage with a scintillating hundred, which was followed by David Warner notching up his own, matching the Englishman for impact, if not for style and power-hitting as SRH amassed 231/2 - their highest-ever IPL total.
Mohammad Nabi then came in to bowl early and blew away RCB's challenge. The Afghanistan all-rounder took four wickets for just 11 runs and also helped effect a run-out as RCB crumbled at the slightest hint of pressure. They eventually managed to cross the hundred-run mark, bowled out for 113, but still ended up with a massive hammering to their confidence and net run rate.
How was this such a big mismatch?
Well, the names on paper certainly did not indicate so, but the performances of SRH and RCB were like chalk and cheese... actually more like gold and garbage respectively.
With a mountain of runs to get, RCB were always going to be under pressure. But not for one moment did Virat Kohli's side look like they were capable of upstaging the home team. With the ball, they were run over by the sheer brilliance of Jonny Bairstow and Warner. And with the bat, it appeared as if an ameatur team had turned up in masks.
If having no answers to the likes of Bairstow and Warner was understandable, given the quality and power the duo packed, the complete lack of ideas with the bat was unacceptable. The only things RCB can take back from this game is somehow managing to not lower their own record of the lowest IPL total, and also avoiding the biggest margin of defeat (in terms of runs) in IPL history.
Bairstow, Warner... Uff!
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner may be arch-rivals when it comes to their national teams, but for Sunrisers Hyderabad they batted together like they were friends who have been doing so together for aeons.
They complemented each other perfectly. Warner started off the same way he'd done in the last two games - in a hurry. But he quickly switched gears when he realised Bairstow had found his rhythm. It was suddenly as if Bairstow had found a cheat code. After 59 from the powerplay, Bairstow hit beast mode. He took on Prayas Barman, hitting him for two fours and a six in his second over and then Colin de Grandhomme for back-to-back sixes to notch up his fifty in just 28 balls.
It didn't look possible then, but Bairstow took his game up another level. He slammed 30 off his next 10 deliveries to race into the 80s, and brought up his IPL hundred off just 52 balls. Bairstow was laid low a tad by cramps around the time he got to his fifty, but he made up for the lack of fluidity by putting in full power into his shots. He had fives sixes and 11 fours by the time he got to his hundred.
Warner was quite the opposite. Having preferred the non-strikers end as Bairstow ran riot, Warner's currency during his own hundred was running between the wickets. His fifty came off 32 balls, ensuring that wasn't too far behind Bairstow. And after the Englishman was dismissed for 114, the opening stand was an IPL record 185, Warner took up the mantle. Boundaries flew off his bat in a hurry as he raced to a hundred of just 54 balls. SRH plundered 67 off the last four overs to end with their highest-ever total of 231/2.
How did RCB fold so cheaply?
Call it sheer pressure. Or call it throwing in the towel.
Mohammad Nabi did the star turn for the hosts as he ran through the RCB top order and left them reeling before they could say 231. Shimron Hetmyer and Parthiv Patel opened, but were both back in the hut by the fourth over, out caught and stumped to Nabi respectively.
Kohli and AB de Villiers carried all of RCB's hopes, but aggregated four runs in 12 balls to leave RCB at 30/4. When Moeen Ali was run-out and Shivam Dube became Nabi's fourth victim, RCB were in danger of being bowled out for under 49. De Grandhomme, thankfully for RCB, helped them avert that embarrassment by sharing a 51-run stand with Barman to take the team past 49 in the 11th over.
And just to ensure that their embarassing display had it all, there were two comical run outs towards the end, too.
Where next for the teams?
If RCB aren't waiting for the ground to open up and swallow them in, then they'll head to Jaipur and hope to somehow get their first win this IPL. If the hangover from this match leaves them, that is.
High on confidence, Sunrisers are off to Delhi next.
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