David Warner top scored with a well constructed © IANS
By R Vishal
May 4, 2014
In the 24th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014, David Warner‘s 61 took Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to 155 for six in after Virat Kohli won the toss and sent the visitors to bat first .Shikhar Dhawan played a patient 37 while some good hitting from the lower order took the score over 150. Mitchell Starc and the other Bangalore bowlers were tidy and erred only in small dozes.
Starc opened the bowling for Bangalore and he got some movement from the wicket. The batsmen didn’t go for any big shots and only three singles came of the over. It was tidy and showed a signal of intent from the home team straight away, with the crowd cheering them on. Ashok Dinda came in for the second over and batsmen immediately were on the front foot. Dinda’s first four balls were good but a sloppy effort from Yuvraj Singh on the field leaked a boundary. The last ball of the second over went for a six after a slash from Finch narrowly crossed the third-man boundary.
After losing the wicket of Aaron Finch in the third over, Dinda continued to bowl the third over. Dhawan played a gorgeous cover drive and only got three runs due to some good work in the deep, cutting off a certain boundary. KL Rahul started off well and played a cracking hook short of a short ball for a boundary. Dinda had the last laugh though. A loose delivery wide outside the off-stump induced a full-blooded slash from Rahul, who had a good outing in the last match and Chris Gayle took a smart catch at first slip.
Warner got off the mark by caressing the ball through covers for a boundary. Aaron overstepped but Jharkhand pacer followed up with a gem of a yorker slightly outside off stump in the free hit delivery. There was a a half-chance in the fifth over, where a top edge of Warner’s bat bisected two fielders but Ab de villiers’s magnificent fielding saved a boundary.
Dhawan played an immaculate pull shot of the last ball of Harshal Patel’s over to the boundary ropes and the scoring rate received a much needed fillip. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled a superb first over, as he has done all season so far and had the batsmen in a tangle. Virat Kohli brought back Harshal for the eight over and there were a couple of lovely shots from David Warner. Chahal came in for his second over and a lovely googly foxed Warner. The next two deliveries were equally good.
Aaron was brought back by Kohli but unlike the previous games, the bowler didn’t look the part and Warner in particular looked at ease with the ball coming on to the bat nicely. Chahal’s third over saw the Dhawan coming down the wicket and smashing the ball straight down the ground off a full toss and at this point the two batsmen. Warner was getting the odd boundary but the Hyderabad batsmen were not getting any big overs and the scoring rate was just over a run-a-ball. Aaron though bowled a superb third over, frustrating Dhawan with his variations before the opener mistimed a short delivery to Ab de Villiers at deep mid-wicket. Dinda’s third over was terrific and gave away just two runs. With runs drying up, Warner decided to hit out and smacked Chahal for a huge six down the ground.
With the score at 106 after 15 overs, the batsmen’s intent to go after the bowlers was evident and Darren Sammy muscled a six over long off Harshal, deliveries after Kohli nearly ran out Warner with a direct hit. Sammy holed out in the deep after mishitting a slow delivery too deep mid-wicket. Starc though was terrific. His compatriot Warner and co revived full deliveries angling which were hard to get away.
Warner’s big hitting came into full effect in Dinda’s last over with two full tosses from the pacer cleared the ropes down the ground. Warner had reached his third half-century in the tournament and even Naman Ojha also got on the act with a monstrous hit down the ground of Aaron. Ojha departed after trying to clear the off-side boundary but Starc, who was playing it Al Pachino style today, appearing at every crucial juncture caught him at third man. Starc bowled a terrific last over and had the batsmen tied up. A brilliant yorker cleaned up Warner and a last ball boundary by Irfan Pathan took the score to 156.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 155 for 6 of 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 37, David Warner 61, Naman Ojha 15 ; Mitchell Starc 2 for 21, Varun Aaron 2 for 33) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
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(R Vishal is a journalist and alumni of Asian College of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)