David Warner © PTI (File Photo)
David Warner © PTI (File Photo)

 

Apr 30, 2014

 

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have reached a strong position in this crucial IPL 2014 encounter against Mumbai Indians by amassing 143 runs for the loss of just two wickets at the end of the 18th over. David Warner and Lokesh Rahul have strung a wonderful partnership to not only steady the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings, but propel it towards what could turn out to be a high total. Warner reached his 50 in 41 balls in the 16th over. The Australian opener spent the first half of his innings mostly in singles, till the point when Kieron Pollard had some thoughts to exchange with him. Warner definitely didn’t like the conversation as he replied by hitting Pollard for a four and six. Warner then also had an altercation with Zaheer Khan.

 

Both Warner and Rahul have been fantastic so far, rotating the strike well, and not missing out on hitting the boudaries as well. The two of them brought up the 100-run partnership in just 76 balls in the 18th over. While Warner has been the more aggressive of the two, Rahul has complemented him well.

 

Pragyan Ojha has had a tough day in the centre today, conceding 43 runs from his three overs, without accounting for a single wicket. To make it worse, he also dropped Warner in the 17th over off Lasith Malinga’s bowling, when Warner changed his stance to play the shot as a right-hander. He edged it to Ojha, who was fielding at fine-leg. But the left-arm spinner spilled the chance.

 

Earlier in the innings, after losing the toss and being put into bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad started off well, managing 10 runs off the first over from Zaheer Khan. Aaron Finch nicely guided away two boundaries off his pads in the first over to get things rolling under way. After using Lasith Malinga as the first change bowler in the last few matches, Rohit Sharma introduced the Sri Lankan speedster as Zaheer’s opening partner.

 

Malinga gave just five runs off his first over, getting some movement off the pitch. Zaheer continued for his second over, and immediately reaped the rewards for his captain as he got the opposition captain, Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan hit a four on the up over covers, and then off the next delivery, Zaheer got his revenge as Dhawan could only manage a thick edge to Harbhajan Singh at first slip, who took a safe catch.

 

Hyderabad too changed some tactics as they sent in young Lokesh Rahul at No 3 instead of David Warner. Pragyan Ojha came into the attack in the fourth over, introducing some spin. The batsmen liked facing Ojha, accruing 10 off his first over. Finch greeted him with a lofted drive over extra cover for four. Then Rahul too drove him handsomely through the offside for another four.

 

Zaheer continued from the other end for his third over and the plot worked for Mumbai. Zaheer got the big wicket of Finch, who was looking dangerous in the middle. He tried to cut Zaheer over backward point, but presented a simple catch to Ben Dunk, who replaced Michael Hussey in the Mumbai line-up.

 

Sensing that Hyderabad had lost two of their most prolific batsmen, Rohit brought back Malinga for the final over of the powerplay. With the inexperienced Rahul and the new in crease Warner in the middle, it was actually a good ploy.

 

After enduring a mixed powerplay, David Warner and Lokesh Rahul have steadied the ship for Sunrisers somewhat, managing to build a partnership. After Aaron Finch departed with the score at 38 for two, Warner came to the centre and has hit out the bad balls, but has not swung his bat blindly.

 

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