SunRisers Hyderabad keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow might have made one of the slowest fifties in IPL history; however, it was what required on a tricky Chennai track. SunRisers Hyderabad broke their three-match losing streak to register their first win in IPL 2021, beating the Punjab Kings by nine wickets. Jonny Bairstow felt delighted to get the side over the line, having not done it in the last couple of fixtures.
SunRisers Hyderabad lost the toss; however, they hardly let the Punjab Kings batsmen retain the required momentum. SunRisers’ bowlers kept chipping away with wickets, as they never allowed any partnership to flourish enough to threaten their chances of chasing an achievable total. Mayank Agarwal and Shahrukh Khan were the only ones to pass 20 and scored 22 runs each to give their bowlers 120 to defend.
SunRisers Hyderabad responded positively as David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched a 73-run opening stand. When Warner holed out to deep mid-wicket for 37, there were dangers of a collapse again. But Bairstow and Kane Williamson kept taking the ones and twos to keep the Orange Army on track for a win. Bairstow reached his half-century with a boundary, while Williamson scored the winning run.
Each game we’ve seen after the powerplay it’s gotten harder and harder: Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow, who finished 63 not out (three fours and three sixes) revealed that he feels over the moon to secure a win for the SunRisers Hyderabad as they had been missing out in the last two games. The Yorkshire cricketer stated that it has been challenging to bat after the powerplay and they took advantage of it here. Bairstow also sympathised with Kane Williamson, whose one of the well-connected shots could not fetch him a boundary as Moises Henriques stopped it with a spectacular fielding
“Absolutely over the moon to get us over the line. Been really close in most of the games, and haven’t got through. Probably through carelessness to be honest. Pleased to get over the line. Each game we’ve seen after the powerplay it’s gotten harder and harder. It was key to make sure we took advantage (of the powerplay). I don’t really need to talk about how good Kane is. That one Moises dropped at covers, to time it like that and not get four,” Bairstow told in the post-match presentation.