Jonny Bairstow and David Warner scored sparkling centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by 118 runs at Hyderabad on Sunday.
Hyderabad included Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi in place of Shahbaz Nadeem and Kane Williamson, while Bangalore brought in debutant Prayas Ray Barman in place of Navdeep Saini.
Virat Kohli’s decision to put Sunrisers into bat backfired, as their bowlers were smashed to all parts of the ground by Bairstow and Warner who added a a record 185 runs for the opening wicket, surpassing the earlier highest of 184 which was done by Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir against Gujarat Lions in the year 2017.
They also became the first pair in IPL to post three consecutive hundred run stand. The former in the 17th over was caught by Umesh Yadav off Yuzvendra Chahal for a magnificent 114. His knock comprised of 12 fours and seven sixes.
The 32 year old Warner who played second fiddle smashed an unbeaten 100, as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted a gigantic score of 231 in their allotted 20 overs. Hyderabad in the last 8 overs scored 113 runs.
Chasing a mammoth target of 232, the visitors went in with a new opening combination of Parthiv Patel and Shimran Hetmyer but that did not turn out well for them, as Afghanistan all rounder Nabi dismissed Parthiv ,Hetmyer and dangerous AB de Villiers, as RCB slumped to 22 for three at the end of the fourth over.
Sandeep Sharma got into the act by claiming the prize scalp of skipper Kohli in the first ball of the seventh over.
Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube failed to make a substantial contributions, as Bangalore were reeling at 35 for six in 7.3 overs .
Colin de Grandhomme and 16 year old Prayas Ray Burman delayed the inevitable by putting on 51 runs for the seventh wicket, before the latter was caught by Deepak Hooda off the 25 year old Sandeep.
The 32 year old New Zealand all rounder de Grandhomme was the only batsman to offer some kind of resistance, as the visitors were routed for 113 in 19.5 overs.
This was RCB’s third consecutive loss in the tournament, whereas Sunrisers registered their second win out of three games.
Mohammad Nabi was Hyderabad’s best bowler as he bagged 4/11, while Sandeep Sharma claimed 3 wickets.
Bairstow was declared the Man of the Match for his maiden IPL ton.