A proven performer for England and SRH, Bairstow kept ticking the scoreboard by smashing boundaries for fun.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), after suffering a 34-defeat in their previous game against Mumbai Indians, came back strongly against Kings XI Punjab at Dubai in Match 22 of the on-going IPL 2020. After electing to bat first, the Hyderabad opening duo of skipper David Warner and Jonny Bairstow left KXIP bowling unit gasping for breath.
The prolific duo was successful in stitching a blistering 160-run partnership for the opening wicket. Both the batsmen, known for their explosive prowess, started hitting boundaries right from the start. The pair gathered 58 runs in the Powerplay itself, laying the foundation of a massive total on the scoreboard.
While captain Warner embraced the role of a sidekick, Bairstow hammered bowlers with a flurry of boundaries. The England international, on the back of his free-flowing inning, reached his half-century in the tenth over and all eyes were on him to notch up his second IPL hundred.
Jonny Bairstow falls 3 runs short of his hundred
A proven performer for England and SRH, Bairstow kept ticking the scoreboard by smashing boundaries for fun. He struck 7 fours and 6 sixes in the course of his knock but he failed to tick the three-digit score. Unfortunately, Bairstow fell short of three runs after being trapped by Ravi Bishnoi in the 16th over.
The right-hander walked back on 97 after guiding his side to a fiery start. In six IPL games this season, he has now scored 241 runs at an impressive average of 40.16, including three half-centuries. Along with Bairstow, Warner also wreaked havoc on SRH bowling unit by smashing 5 fours and a six during his 40-ball 52.
SRH, at one point, was looking to cruise past the 200-run mark with ease. However, after losing three wickets in seven deliveries, SRH’s run-flow suffered a massive setback. It was a young Ravi Bishnoi who emerged as KXIP’s talisman.
Showing exemplary confidence and grit, the leg-spinner scalped three wickets while conceding 29 runs in his three overs. Another youngster –Arshdeep Singh– also sparkled by plucking two wickets and conceding 32 runs in his four overs. In the end, it was Kane Williamson’s quick 20 off 10 deliveries which steered SRH to a daunting 201-run total at Dubai International Stadium.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to SRH’s batting show:
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 8, 2020
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) October 8, 2020
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) October 8, 2020
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— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 8, 2020
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) October 8, 2020
Jonny Bairstow 97 is the Highest Individual score in IPL history where a batsman was given out by DRS#IPL
— Ayush Bharadi (@AyushB45) October 8, 2020
Jonny Bairstow 97 pe Out
Sachin tendulkar to Bairstow rn pic.twitter.com/6AwFML5FVI
— S Ravind King (@sravindking) October 8, 2020
Rachael Haynes fell for 96 yesterday; Jonny Bairstow out for 97 today. A well-deserved hundred gone a-begging in both cases.
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) October 8, 2020
— Xolile Mabuza (@XolileMabuza4) October 8, 2020
@davidreader2 Just watched Jonny Bairstow score 97 from 55 balls. Impressive.
— Uncle Albert (@UncleAlbert8) October 8, 2020
An outstanding innings that from Jonny Bairstow. #SRHvKXIP
— Praveen Namasivayam 🇱🇰 (@iPraveenVish) October 8, 2020
Special innings that from Jonny Bairstow despite falling just short of a ton. Brutal power, timing and placement. Him at his very best for #SRH
— Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) October 8, 2020
Jonny Bairstow, you super skillful man🔥
— Anuj (@TweeteRai_) October 8, 2020
Jonny Bairstow is really unlucky to miss out on the 100. What an impact he has made!#SRH
— Shadab Akhtar Rabbani (@shadabarabbani) October 8, 2020
David Warner played like Jonny Bairstow and vice versa. #SRHvsKXIP
— Anuj Mishra (@areyMishraaa) October 8, 2020