Sunrisers Hyderabad had lost the toss but they could not have asked for a better start against the visitors as openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner displayed a sensational performance to guide their side to a mammoth total against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). England International Bairstow was dismissed by a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery with an impressive knock of 114 off 56 balls.
With their stellar performance, the Hyderabad openers registered their names in the books of records for the highest opening partnership ever.
Highest opening partnership in IPL 2019:
185*D Warner – J Bairstow SRH v RCB, Hyderabad, 2019
184*G Gambhir – C Lynn KKR v GL, Rajkot, 2017
167 C Gayle – T Dilshan RCB v PWI, Bengaluru, 2013
163*S Tendulkar – D Smith v RR, Jaipur, 2012
Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to captain the Hyderabad side as Kane Williamson had picked up a niggle and “needed a break”.
“He’s got a bit of a niggle, and needed to get a break,” Bhuvneshwar said at the toss.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi replaced Williamson while Deepak Hooda was drafted back in place of Shabbaz Nadeem. Sunrisers beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in their last game.
For the RCB, it was the 16-year-old Prayas Ray barman, who made headlines as he became the youngest-ever player to make his debut in the IPL.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (w), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (w), Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prayas Barman