Shikhar Dhawan © IANS (Fie Photo)
Shikhar Dhawan © IANS (Fie Photo)


May 20, 2014


David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan set the tone for Sunrisers Hyderabad while chasing a target of 161 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Both batsmen went after Bangalore’s front-line bowlers early in the piece. Dhawan explored the off-side field with utmost ease.


Even Warner showed his class by playing sumptuous strokes. In fact, they look set to chase down the target set by Bangalore. The switch hit he hit off Muttiah Muralitharan gave a glimpse of his skill. Bangalore’s bowlers really struggled to get their lines and lengths right. Earlier, On a wicket that was on the slower side, Bangalore  lost the plot early on, while playing against Hyderabad in IPL 2014 at Hyderabad. They lost both openers, Chris Gayle, the Jamaican marauder and Parthiv Patel early in the piece. However, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers at the right time looked to up the ante and that helped Bangalore to amass 160 for the loss of six wickets on the board.


The shot Kohli essayed over extra cover off the bowling of Karn Sharma was a sumptuous stroke. He also thwacked Irfan Pathan, the medium pacer over extra cover for another fine boundary during the 15th over of the innings. He compiled his fifty off just 34 balls for Bangalore. Kohli  finally lost his wicket to Pathan caught by Dale Steyn.


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