IPL 2020: Bairstow powers SRH to commanding win

Jonny Bairstow had showed the signs of his class as he powered Sunrisers to a much-needed win against KXIP. David Warner also ended up getting a 50 as the openers culminated a 160-run partnership for the opening wicket.

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The 22nd match of IPL 2020 had teams Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad up in front. Jonny Bairstow starred in almost a one-sided affair after David Warner opted to bat first after winning the toss. With a 160-run opening partnership, it was all too easy for the coming batsmen, hit and strike. They ended up scoring 201-6. That was all too much for Kings XI Punjab as they bundled out at 132. The win had boosted SRH to the 3rd spot on the table.

Sunrisers Hyderabad innings – Bairstow-Warner saga re-ignited

After a successful 2019 season as the opening pair for Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow once again resumed their love-affair in IPL 2020. As the league phase is now in its middle stages, each team is eager to win those important two points.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Warner and Bairstow scored 160 runs in 15 overs. In those 160 runs, Warner had contributed with 52 runs off 40 balls but the main aggressor was the English opener, Bairstow. He had culminated 97 runs off just 55 balls that had seven boundaries and six maximums with a strike-rate of 176.

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Jonny Bairstow went all-park in his innings of 97 runs

In those 15 overs, Kings XI bowlers were driven all across the ground. All the bowlers were expensive.

The last five overs started with the wicket of Warner. Two balls later, Bairstow was also LBW. It was Ravi Bishnoi who had brought two new batsmen on the crease.

With a hit-and-go scenario, the score reached 201-6 in 20 overs.

Ravi Bishnoi ended his three overs with three wickets and Arshdeep Singh got the two wickets. Mujeeb ur Rahman, who was left out for all matches before, marked his return but went wicket-less of his quota of four overs conceding 39 runs.

Kings XI Punjab innings – Nicholas Pooran, the only silver-lining

Kings XI Punjab innings was off-track from the start. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, players on which the team was heavily relying, failed and that exposed the middle order and eventually, KXIP failed badly.

The scene started with a run out in the second over. Agarwal was the victim. The innings went nowhere from the start. They lost their captain in the 7th over when the score was 58-3.

The two overseas players, Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran were on strike to take their team home. Maxwell, who is under a bit of scrutiny, once again failed to take his team home. He scored 7 runs off 12 balls and was run out in the end.

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Things have become complicated for KL Rahul

From 91-3 in the ninth over to 126-6 in the 14th over and then all out at 132. Pooran score 77 of those runs off 37 balls with 5 fours and 7 sixes. Once he got out, the team further lost three wickets for 6 runs in 2 overs.

A splendid night for SRH bowlers. Khalil Ahmed got two wickets, T Natarajan got two wickets, but the pick of the bowlers was once again Rashid Khan who took three wickets for just 12 runs that also included a maiden over. The three wickets also included the wicket of Nicholas Pooran.

It was their 5th loss and they are at the bottom of the table. Now, chances look grim for KXIP to make it to play-offs.

Jonny Bairstow was the man of the match of the night for his 97 runs off 55 balls. His first of the tournament.

Man of the Match: Jonny Bairstow

Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 69 runs

Points: Sunrisers Hyderabad 2, Kings XI Punjab 0