Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated a hapless Royal Challengers Bangalore side by a massive margin 118 runs, the biggest this season. Jonny Bairstow (114 runs off 56) David Warner both striked centuries to propel SRH to a huge total of 231-run total. RCB faltered in the chanse early on, with the team reducing to 35/6 at one point of time. However, by the blessings of the tail-enders, the Challengers were able to save some grace and finish at 113/10 – one run less than the record-breaking Englishman.
A Record-Filled Contest – The match on Sunday saw the opening pair of SRH – Jonny Bairstow and David Warner – rewrite history books as they amassed a mammoth 185-run partnership. This is IPL’s highest opening batting partnership, ever. Warner’s century made him the joint-second highest to score a ton along with Virat Kohli and Shane Watson. The top spot is held by Chris Gayle (6). Lastly, it was only the second time that two batsmen scored two centuries in the same. The first time that it happened was by RCB’s Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
RCB the weakest side in IPL this season? It has been evident for so long that RCB have a thin batting lineup and an underperforming bowling attack. This was on full display against SRH. They first struggled with their bowling, failing to contain SRH’s batsman. Their top order then failed in the second innings to put up even a 40+ runs. Had it not been for some spirited performances from the tail-enders. RCB’s foreign players aren’t performing well and they don’t have many quality domestic players. That makes for a trouble recipe. Going by the initial results, RCB really look like the weakest unit in the IPL this season.
— Sameer Khan (@callMEshanno) March 31, 2019
Do SRH have the best batting-unit ? SRH have been ruthless with their batting in the first three matches this year. They scored 181 against KKR followed by the 201 against Rajasthan Royals before the Sunday’s landslide 231. Their international stars are in great form with both Jonny Bairstow and David Warner in contention for the Orange cap. Add to that the composing presence of Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey along with the explosive duo of Vijay Shankar and Yusuf Pathan and you have one of the best batting units in IPL this year.
Moment of the Match
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 31, 2019
David Warner’s celebration of his milestone fourth century is surely the moment of the match. The last year has been a difficult one for the Australian opener. However, the way his performances in the IPL this season have been a kind of redemption for Warner and his celebration yesterday are a symbol of the same. Over to you, Australia Cricket Board!
Picking Nabi ahead of Sakib has turned out to be a masterstroke! #RCB in tatters in the Powerplay itself. At this rate could end up with one of the heaviest defeats in IPL
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 31, 2019
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 31, 2019
— DIXIT PANDYA (@DIXITPANDYA12) March 31, 2019
— Akshit Sharma (@ShrmaGka_Ladka) March 31, 2019
Player of the Match – Jonny Bairstow
No surprises there! Jonny Bairstow’s brilliant ton was enough to put SRH in the driver’s seat even before the second innings could start.
Jonny Bairstow receives the Man of the Match award for his sensational knock of 114 off 56 💪💪 pic.twitter.com/GdTkDjG87z
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 31, 2019