Naman Ojha and David Warner were involved in a destructive partnership © PTI
Naman Ojha and David Warner were involved in a destructive partnership © PTI


By Shiamak Unwalla


May 14, 2014


Naman Ojha, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put in a power-packed performance for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 match. Earlier, KXIP won the toss and elected to field first. Young right-handed batsman Manan Vohra was included at the cost of Mandeep Singh, while off-spinner Shivam Sharma came in to replace medium-fast bowler Parvinder Awana. SRH came in with the same team.


Sandeep Sharma came in to bowl the very first over of the match, and was hit for a boundary of the very first delivery by Aaron Finch. Shikhar Dhawan, opening the innings along with Finch, tried to force the pace by walking down the ground to Sandeep. He was unable to get the ball past the infield, and ended up managing only a single off the last ball of the over.


Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch got off to a slow start. Dhawan again tried to advance down the track and play the ball through covers but got an inside edge for just a single in Sandeep’s second over. Finch managed to get a boundary through point with a deft dab, using Sandeep’s pace against him. Mitchell Johnson at the other end was bowling quickly and tightly, not giving any room to either of the batsmen.


Sandeep came back for his third over on the trot, and induced a false shot from Aaron Finch to begin the over. Glenn Maxwell backpedaled to take a terrific catch, but it was a no ball. This was just a lull before the storm, as Sandeep followed it up with another no ball, that was hit for four by Dhawan. Dhawan finally cut loose. He hit Sandeep for another boundary before going down the ground and hitting him for a six. Sandeep’s nightmare over didn’t end there, as Dhawan pulled him for the third boundary of the over. Sandeep responded by bowling wide, and Dhawan hit him over covers to make it four boundaries in the over. The over cost 26 runs, as Dhawan started looking very dangerous.


The next three overs saw Shivam Sharma, bowling the seventh and ninth over, and kept things tight for KXIP. He dismissed Aaron Finch off the very first delivery of his second over, after bowling a terrific first over, and didn’t give away a single run off the first five deliveries. Finch managed to take a couple off the final ball of the over, but they were unable to get more runs. Naman Ojha was the new batsmen in. He and Dhawan took a few singles in the over to get to 67 for one at the end of nine overs. Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, who bowled the eighth over, kept things tight as well. After bowling a dot ball to begin with, he gave away just a couple of singles off the next two balls. Dhawan took on Akshar off the penultimate ball of the over, hitting a six through midwicket to end the over on a high.


After a tidy first over from Rishi Dhawan, Naman Ojha then turned on the heat for SRH by hitting Shivam Sharma for a six off the second ball of the eleventh over. Meanwhile, Rishi Dhawan got rid of the other Dhawan, Shikhar, in the next over. The SRH skipper was looking in very good touch, but was dismissed in tame fashion, by flicking a delivery on his pads to the fielder at fine leg. This brought about another brief lull in the run scoring for SRH.


The thirteenth over marked a change in pace for the Hyderabad innings as the economical Shivam was hit for two sixes off the last two balls from Naman. Akshar Patel bowled another tight over after that, giving away just three runs. However, David Warner and Naman kept getting big hits at the other end. Rishi Dhawan was hit for a couple of sixes in the 15th over.


Akshar Patel came in to bowl the 16th over, and Warner decided to take him on. He hit him for a couple of boundaries to spoil his figures. Mitchell Johnson was the next to suffer Warner’s blows, as even he was hit four a couple of fours in the over by Warner. Warner was now looking in golden form, as he thrashed Akshar’s next over as well, to get as many as 18 runs off the over with a four and two sixes.


The penultimate over was bowled by Sandeep Sharma, and his nightmare continued as he bowled all over the place. After starting with a wide ball, a miscommunication between the batsmen resulted in the run out of David Warner. However, Naman Ojha came back to hit a four off the next ball to bring up his half century. Sandeep bowled a no ball that was duly hit over the ropes by Naman. That was followed by another four and a six to end Sandeep’s spell. The final over, bowled by Rishi Dhawan, went for 12 runs.


Brief Scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 205 for 5 in 20 Ovs (Shikhar Dhawan 45, Naman Ojha 77*, David Warner 44; Rishi Dhawan 2 for 42) vs Kings XI Punjab.


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(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)