In his last innings of this IPL, David Warner played a swashbuckling 81-run innings off 56 balls which ensured that Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs. This win comes as a massive boost for the Hyderabad-based franchise as far as their play-off qualification is concerned.
David Warner (9/10): It is unlikely that David Warner has read Jack Kerouac’s magnum opus “On the Road”, one of the defining work of the post-war Beat and Counterculture generations. The way words flew against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use, it made Kerouac’s creation a lovely read and it won’t be far-fetched to say that Warner’s innings had a similar undertone attached to it. It literally flew with the passage of time, intensity never dropped at the very singular moment of poignancy, and invariably ended with a solid score of 81 runs that not only gave the kind of start SRH needed in the absence of Jonny Bairstow, but also ensured that he ended his IPL season on a great note.
Wriddhiman Saha (6/10): After being promoted to bat at the top of the order, Wriddhiman Saha understood the fact that going gung-ho in the powerplay is the way forward. It was not his nature, but adapting to the role that has been his calling ever since he was asked by Kings XI Punjab to carry on the same role six years ago. A 13-ball 28 helped his side be ahead in the game, and his dismissal hardly brought an end to the carnage Warner was inflicting on the Kings.
Manish Pandey (6.5/10): This will probably be the most satisfying factor for Sunrisers Hyderabad, as Manish Pandey, for the third consecutive time in the tournament, looked extremely confident in his approach and hardly dropped the hat to score 36 runs off 25 balls. Sure enough, he could’ve done better for the kind of form that he was in, but given the fact, the team eventually reached a total of 212 runs, I would give him a good rating.
Mohammad Nabi (5/10): The idea behind promoting Nabi was a simple one - to get a go against Mujeeb Ur Rahman thanks to his understanding of the bowler inside out - and that paid off as Nabi collected 13 runs off 3 balls before falling prey to Mohammed Shami. However, his primary task - bowling - was not up to the mark and by spending runs at 9.33, Nabi couldn’t make any real contribution to the team either.
Kane Williamson (5/10): With the team going strong in the game, Kane Williamson didn’t have the luxury of staying back even for an over because that would otherwise meant run-rate compromise. Went for big-hits instantly and after hitting a seven-ball 14, the SRH skipper returned back to the pavilion. Would be wrong to blame him because there was no other way of going about the task that time.
Rashid Khan (8/10): Superstar Rashid! This game was a symbolic representation to the fact that no one should discount Rashid Khan just like that. The leggie, who had an average IPL to remember this season, managed to make a quick turn-around and with the help of Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey, he ended up having three scalps to his name. Class act!
Vijay Shankar (3/10): The decision to hold Vijay Shankar back is questionable and when he eventually came out to bat at No.7, he could only manage to score 7 runs in four balls. However, Shankar, as usual, was very agile on the field, making sure the boundaries were not that easy to flow for the Punjab-based franchise.
Abhishek Sharma (2.5/10): Sharma returned to IPL in one of the most important encounters for the team and thankfully for him, there was no such pressure on him to score heavily. Sharma bowled only one over in the entire game and gave away only 11 runs, he made sure that his role was limited to saving the balls from going to the boundary at extra cover and backward square leg.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (6.5/10): It's a little difficult for a swing bowler to maintain tight lines but Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown that he's capable of doing so without compromising on his ability to swing the ball bowl both ways. He showed that once again tonight and his tight lines strangled KL Rahul big-time, as the Sunrisers Hyderabad pace spearhead ended with 8.50 rpo.
Khaleel Ahmed (6.5/10): The fragility of the T20 format is such that you can never take your match figures for granted until you bowl the last legal delivery. Khaleel Ahmed conceded just 17 runs in the first couple of overs, picking one wicket in the process, but he went through the motions of spending 23 runs in the last couple of overs to give his bowling figure a torrid look. The only saving grace for him was the fact that he picked up a total of three wickets.
Sandeep Sharma (6/10): The same applies for Sandeep Sharma as well, just reverse the order if you will. Unlike Khaleel, Sandeep started on a bad note, but a solid last over saved him from blushes and gave his bowling figure a respectable look. Of course, he was not as tight as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but the pacer seemed penetrative in between and was plain unlucky that those weren’t converted into wickets.
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