IPL 2019: Match 38, SRH vs KKR – Sunrisers Hyderabad Player Ratings
Bairstow and Warner added 131 runs for the opening stand to script SRH's 9-wicket win.
Updated - Apr 21, 2019 7:37 pm
The Kolkata Knight Riders slumped to their fifth consecutive defeat of the season when they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in their most recent away game. KKR were absolutely no match to the might of SRH in Hyderabad. The SRH openers – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow – powered their side to another emphatic victory. The scenes were not unprecedented for the fans. They had already seen this opening duo post 100-plus run partnerships, and it was just another day at work for these two.
Owing to their heroics, Sunrisers beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets to reinstate their claims in the race to the playoffs. Coming to the match, it was not a one-sided affair to start off. KKR had a decent start with their openers scoring well in the powerplay. Khaleel Ahmed jumped in to bag two quick wickets to bring his side back into the game. As Chris Lynn looked good for his 51 at one end, the SRH bowlers ensured that he ran out of partners time and again.
Once Lynn was dismissed, the hopes of the KKR fans only dwindled as even the in-form Andre Russell fell cheaply. The visitors could only manage 159/8 in their 20 overs. In the run chase, it was all about the Warner-Bairstow partnership. They added 131 runs in just 74 balls for the first wicket to push the visitors at bay. Warner perished on 67, but Bairstow batted along for a well crafted unbeaten 80 to see SRH home with 9 wickets in hand, and 5 overs to spare.
Here are the SRH Player Ratings for the match:
David Warner – 9/10
David Warner extended his domination over the Orange Cap this season. The southpaw is having a great run with the bat and he continued his good form in this game as well. His love affair with the venue is evident as he notched up yet another fifty this season. He looked set to finish off the game for his side but perished with just under 30 more runs to win. Warner smashed a brisk 67 off just 38 balls with 3 fours and 5 maximums. He looked in superlative form!
Jonny Bairstow – 9.5/10
Jonny Bairstow is undoubtedly lighting up the IPL. Playing his maiden season, he has been very impressive. He has been a strong force in the SRH top order. While his partner David Warner has often perished after a brilliant start, Bairstow has been the more sensible among the two. He has stayed on at the crease until the job in hand is done and dusted. In this game as well, he stayed unbeaten on 80 that off 43 balls with 7 fours and 4 sixes to his name.
Kane Williamson – 7/10
Kane Williamson deserves quite a few credits for shuffling his troops well in this match. He used only 5 bowlers and ensured to contain the powerhouse batting of KKR to just 159. With the bat, he arrived at the crease with about 29 runs to get, and stayed unbeaten on 8 when Bairstow finished up the chase.
Vijay Shankar – Not Assigned
Vijay Shankar did not get a chance to bat in this match, neither was he tried with the ball.
Deepak Hooda – Not Assigned
Deepak Hooda’s services with the bat were not needed in this game.
Yusuf Pathan – Not Assigned
Yusuf Pathan did not get a chance to bat in this game.
Rashid Khan – 7/10
Rashid Khan and good economy rate go hand in hand. The Afghanistani spinner emerged as the most economical bowler for his side in the match. Having bowled his complete quota of overs, he conceded just 23 runs – at an economy rate of under 6 per over. He also accounted for 1 wicket and was instrumental in building pressure from one end, as the bowlers bowling around in reaped rewards from the other end.
Shahbaz Nadeem – 5/10
Shahbaz Nadeem retained his place in the side. He was given the tough task of bowling in the powerplay, and he faced some Caribbean music from the willow of Sunil Narine. Unlike the previous games, Nadeem did get a chance to bowl his complete quota of overs. He bowled four overs and conceded 30 runs. He failed to pick up any wicket in this game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 7/10
Veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not having the best of times with the ball this season. Bhuvi, who is renowned to be a clinical operator, has often been taken away for a lot of runs this year. The story was pretty much similar today as well. He ended up conceding 35 runs in his spell. Much to his relief, and to the relief of SRH camp, he managed to bag the wickets of two in-form KKR batters who are in top hitting form. Bhuvi dismissed Andre Russell and Nitish Rana.
Sandeep Sharma – 6/10
Sandeep Sharma turned out to be the most expensive bowler for SRH in this match. The swing bowler could not contain the run flow and was at the receiving end of the batting power of KKR. In the four overs that he bowled, he conceded as many as 37 runs, and looked a touch off-colour too. In the end overs, he managed to take the wicket of Rinku Singh, who looked to finish the game on a high for KKR.
Khaleel Ahmed – 8/10
Khaleel Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers Hyderabad in this match. The lanky pacer returned with figures of 3/33 in his spell. This included the wickets of the three top order KKR batters. He dismissed Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, and Shubman Gill. Considering the fact that he faced the heat of Lynn-Narine partnership, it is expected that he was slightly on the expensive side of things when it came to the economy rate.