Chasing 160, SRH managed to tie the game courtesy of Bairstow’s early blitz of 38 runs from 18 balls, followed by a Kane Williamson 66* off 51, and Jagadeesha Suchith’s late cameo of 6-ball 14.
However, despite the in-form Englishman showing his ball-muscling prowess once again, it was David Warner who walked out with Williamson in the super over.
The duo could manage to score 7 runs – after a short run by the skipper – off the bowling of Axar Patel, who was making a return to the side after his bout with COVID-19.
For the Capitals, it was captain Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan who took their team over the line on the last ball of the super over bowled by Rashid Khan, even for whom the 7-run score proved a bit too less to defend.
Unless Bairstow was in the toilet, why would he not be your first choice in super over – Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag took a sly dig at the SRH management to not have Jonny Bairstow bat in the super over. The England opener is the leading run-scorer of his side so far this season and has scored those runs at a strike rate of 141.61 on challenging Chennai pitch.
Virender Sehwag also observed that SRH has taken several “strange decisions” and felt that while Warner’s team fought admirably to take the game to the super over but are responsible for their own downfall on Sunday night.
“Unless Bairstow was in toilet, can’t get why would he not be your first choice in a #SuperOver when he scored 38 of 18 in the main innings and looked the cleanest hitter. Baffling, Hyderabad fought well but have only themselves to blame for strange decisions. #SRHvsDC,” Virender Sehwag tweeted.
Choosing a middle-order of Virat Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Abhishek Sharma, and Vijay Shankar while benching Manish Pandey also remains a questionable decision, which David Warner after the match said was made by the team’s “selectors” comprising of director of cricket Tom Moody, head coach Trevor Bayliss, assistant coach Brad Haddin, and batting mentor VVS Laxman.
With their fourth loss in 5 games, SRH slips to the 7th position while Delhi with 4 wins and 1 loss climbs to the second spot. SRH travels to Delhi to face the Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.
Unless Bairstow was in toilet, can't get why would he not be your first choice in a #SuperOver when he scored 38 of 18 in the main innings and looked the cleanest hitter. Baffling, Hyderabad fought well but have only themselves to blame for strange decisions. #SRHvsDC
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 25, 2021