Bairstow and Warner became the first pair in IPL history to post three consecutive hundred-run stands.
It was a no-show from Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore!
First, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner slammed superb centuries and then the wily Afghan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi bowled a dream spell of four for 11 to fashion a thumping 118-run win for Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Sunday.
This was RCB’s third straight loss and SRH’s second win in three games.
Chasing an imposing target of 232, RCB lost the script early thanks to Nabi’s superb variations of pace, flight and spin. The way he bemused Shimron Hetmyer, to be stumped by Bairstow, and then cleaned up A.B. de Villiers with a slower one that induced a poor stroke, were a sight to watch.
To compound the misery, Kohli was tempted by a delivery that was bowled marginally wide of the off-stump by pacer Sandeep Sharma and the cover drive played away from the body was taken by Warner. That effectively shut RCB out of the match and the rest was a mere formality.
And when Nabi finished his impressive spell, which included 16 dot balls and just one four, RCB had been reduced to 38 for six in eight overs. Later pacer Sandeep Sharma ended with a three-wicket haul.
Earlier, when Sunrisers were put in to bat, Bairstow and Warner were at their imperious best. Bowlers across all teams might not be faulted if they start wondering whether the one-year ban has made Warner more dangerous, given the way he has played in the first three games.
Bairstow and Warner batted with great freedom to become the first opening pair to post three consecutive century stands in IPL history and the partnership of 185 (98 balls) bettered the previous record of 184 set by Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn for Kolkata Knight Riders against Gujarat Lions in 2017.
It was not just the stroke-play of the duo but the wonderful judgement, in converting singles into twos, that never really let the attack settle down.
The celebrations by the two centurions (only the second instance of two batsmen scoring tons in the same innings in IPL after Kohli and de Villiers did so against Gujarat Lions in 2016) was a reflection of the intensity with which they batted.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: Jonny Bairstow c Umesh b Chahal 114 (56b, 12×4, 7×6), David Warner (not out) 100 (55b, 5×4, 5×6), Vijay Shankar run out 9 (3b, 1×6), Yusuf Pathan (not out) 6 (6b); Extras (lb-1, w-1:) 2; Total (for two wkts. in 20 overs): 231.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-185 (Bairstow, 16.2 overs), 2-202 (Vijay Shankar, 17.3).
RCB BOWLING: Moeen 3-0-29-0, Umesh 4-0-47-0, Chahal 4-0-44-1, Siraj 4-0-38-0, Barman 4-0-56-0, de Grandhomme 1-0-16-0.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS: Parthiv Patel c Pandey b Nabi 11 (8b, 2×4), Shimron Hetmyer st. Bairstow b Nabi 9 (9b, 1×6), Virat Kohli c Warner b Sandeep 3 (10b), A.B. de Villiers b Nabi 1 (2b), Moeen Ali run out 2 (8b), Shivam Dubey c Hooda b Nabi 5 (7b, 1×4), Colin de Grandhomme run out 37 (32b, 3×4, 2×6), Prayas Ray Barman c Hooda b Sandeep 19 (24b, 2×4), Umesh Yadav run out 14 (9b, 1×4, 1×6), Mohd. Siraj (not out) 3 (8b), Yuzvendra Chahal c Hooda b Sandeep 1 (3b); Extras (b-4, nb-1, w-3): 8; Total (in 19.5 overs): 113.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-13 (Parthiv, 1.6 overs), 2.20 (Hetmyer, 3.1), 3-22 (de Villiers, 3.4), 4-30 (Kohli, 6.1), 5-30 (Moeen, 6.2), 6-30 (Dube, 7.3), 7-86 (Barman, 15.1), 8-103 (Umesh, 17.3), 9-109 (de Grandhomme, 18.3).
SUNRISERS BOWLING: Bhuvneshwar 3-0-25-0, Nabi 4-0-11-4, Sandeep 3.5-0-19-3, Kaul 3-0-16-0, Rashid 4-0-25-0, Vijay Shankar 2-0-13-0.
Toss: Royal Challengers.
Sunrisers won by 118 runs.