Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) started this season of Indian Premier League (IPL) with two back-to-back defeats and now they are back on track with two consecutive victories. They started by beating Mumbai Indians (MI) on Saturday and then defeated Gujarat Lions (GL), who were unbeaten so far.

On a pitch favouring the quick bowlers a little bit, SRH skipper David Warner opted to field first and invited Suresh Raina-led GL to bat. The in form Aaron Finch went for duck in the first over of the match with an excellent in swinging delivery. From there on, it was only Raina who was able to score freely, with every other batsman struggling against the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Moises Henriques and Bipul Sharma. Be it, Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo or Ravindra Jadeja, not a single batsman could touch the 20-run mark. Raina’s unbeaten 51-ball 75 helped GL to reach a respectable 135 for 8

Further, SRH openers Warner and Shikhar Dhawan ended the match pretty easily without losing any wickets and winning it with 31 balls spare. Warner scored yet another half-century and ended with 48-ball 74, while Dhawan seems to be back in touch with his composed 41-ball 53. Captaincy also seems to be poor from Raina as he introduced Dhawal Kulkarni in 14th over of the game, who bowled very well in the last game.

Turning Point: After a decent start and with skipper Suresh Raina at the crease, Dwayne Bravo’s wicket was the turning point of the match. Bravo was expected to accelerate the scoring from there with Raina and take the team to a good total, which did not happened. Bravo’s wicket fell in the first ball of the 14th over when the score was 91 and from there on, GL’s batsmen kept throwing their wickets and in the end they ended up posting only 135 on board, which was not going to be sufficient. Also, Bravo’s bowling looked pretty poor, which was filled with few full tosses.


Brief Scores:

Gujarat Lions 135 for 8 in 20 overs [Suresh Raina 75 (51); Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-19-1, Bhuvenshwar Kumar 4-0-29-4] lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 137 for 0 in 14.5 overs [David Warner 74 (48)*, Shikhar Dhawan 53 (41)*] by 10 wickets.