David Warner and Jonny Bairstow were all on fire in Hyderabad today and eventually led Sunrisers Hyderabad to their second consecutive win of the tournament. On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore was shabby - both with the bat and ball - which ensured that the win drought continues.
David Warner(10/10): Wow, Davy, Wow! This is a different level of batsmanship. His authority over his strokes and the ability to carry the momentum smoothly is what makes him special and Royal Challengers Bangalore learnt his genius. With Jonny Bairstow going strong at the other end, he made calculative progress at the other end, charging at a time when RCB could only do some soul-searching. It would have been a shame had I not given him full points, especially after the celebration that he pulled off. We all missed it for a year, didn’t we?
Jonny Bairstow (9.5/10): This is
Vijay Shankar (6/10): His only job was to hit and take the game away from RCB in the first innings itself, and Shankar tried to do exactly that. Of course, he was dismissed in a terrible manner, but that could be attributed to the lack of insurance of being slow at the beginning. However, fair play to him as he was doing what the team needed him to do.
Yusuf Pathan (7/10): Pathan had the best seat in the house to watch David Warner toy with the RCB bowlers, and didn’t have much to do. But the fact that he managed to take a single on the third ball of the last over to help the Aussie score a century has forced me to give him one more point than the average standard operator of 6.
Manish Pandey (6/10): While no one seems to have an idea of why Manish Pandey is regularly finding a spot in the team, it was good for the team that he didn’t get to bat today. However, Pandey was brilliant while fielding, making the duo of Prayas Ray Barman and Colin de Grandhomme struggle for each run.
Deepak Hooda (6/10): Yet to bat or bowl in the IPL, but he has already played three matches. This says something about the team’s excellent top-order batting, but Hooda would hope to get a look in at the top of the order very soon.
Rashid Khan (7/10): Scorecard may not suggest the same, but Rashid Khan created a lot of wicket-taking opportunities, probably the second best after Mohammed Nabi. Ended up being the controller rather than the regular enforcer that he has always been, but then again,
Mohammad Nabi (9.5/10): 4/11 in four overs is the gold standard of T20 bowling and Mohammed Nabi just lived it. This performance just explains why he is so celebrated in franchise cricket all over the world as Nabi put up a lesson on how to drift the ball with dip while bowling proper off-spin. All the off-spinners in the world, who think they are playing in the era of leg-spin, can silently take notes.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/10): He is going through somewhat of a slump recently. On a day where RCB looked like a U-17 side, he ended up with an economy of 8.33. If he can sort out his performances going into the playoffs, Hyderabad might just have another successful IPL campaign to celebrate.
Sandeep Sharma (8.5/10): Sandeep Sharma just shut the door for Basil Thampi and Khaleel Ahmed, at least for the next three matches. Most impressive pacer of all, Sharma swung the ball both ways, like he used to do for Kings XI Punjab when he started and accounted for as many as three wickets at an economy rate of below five.
Siddarth Kaul (6.5/10): Had a fairly easy outing at home today considering the fact that six of the RCB batsmen were already back in the hut before he was thrown the ball. Finishing with figures of 0/16 in three overs is still not bad but he would have wanted to add something in the wickets column as well.
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