Mohammad Asif, Pakistan’s new-ball expert, was running into bowl at a debutant and it wasn’t just another match but the final of maiden T20 World Cup between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in 2007.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have put on a scintillating opening stand of 160 to inspire the Sunrisers to a 69-run victory over Kings XI.
A 160-run opening stand between the dynamic duo of captain Warner and England’s Bairstow has helped Sunrisers Hyderabad overwhelm Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
Bairstow, on 97, and Warner, on 52, were out in the 16th over and though Hyderabad faded at the end, they still made 6-201, passing the double century mark for the first time this season.
Kings XI’s reply never really got started, with only Nicholas Pooran putting up a fight with a 37-ball 77, having notched up the fastest half-century in the IPL this season off just 17 deliveries.
They were all out for 132 in the 17th over, losing for a fourth straight time.
Bairstow, who was dropped on 19, plundered two sixes off Ravi Bishnoi’s first over, two sixes in an over off Glenn Maxwell, and two more sixes off Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the 14th, bringing up his and Warner’s second 150-run stand in the IPL, both against Kings XI.
Bairstow’s third fifty in six matches deserved to become a century after six sixes and seven boundaries but he was struck on the back leg and out LBW after facing 55 deliveries.
Just three balls before that, Warner mishit a slog sweep straight to his Australian teammate Maxwell on the boundary. His 52 came from 40 balls.
The leg spinner Bishnoi, who conceded 28 off his first over, finished with three wickets, and medium-pacer Arshdeep Singh a couple.
Kings XI’s Mayank Agarwal was run out by his opening partner Lokesh Rahul in the second over, and the team’s challenge went downhill.
Pooran went in at 31-2, hit a boundary off his first delivery, and a six off his fifth. He smashed 18-year-old leg spinner Abdul Samad for 6-4-6-6-6-0 to reach the fastest fifty in this IPL, off just 17 balls.
But he saw teammates Maxwell run out on 5, Mandeep Singh bowled on 6, and Mujeeb edge behind on 1.
Pooran’s luck run out against leg spinner Rashid Khan, giving up a thick edge. He was the seventh man out after an entertaining 77 off 37 balls, including seven sixes and five boundaries.
Mohammed Shami was out LBW on the next ball for a duck, and Khan finished with outstanding figures of 4-1-12-3.