IPL 2019: Three records established by the Warner-Bairstow partnership
It was December 2018. Shikhar Dhawan had just been traded to Delhi Capitals and there were two big questions in the minds of everyone - will David Warner have a good return to IPL and who will open with him? In the auctions, SRH bought Jonny Bairstow and Martin Guptill. However, no one had expected any of these two to fire.
Amidst all these thoughts, CSK bundled out RCB for a mere 70 runs. The pitch faced a lot of criticism. Thus the expectations increased from the second match, which was to be played by SRH and KKR at Eden Gardens. On the one hand, people were eager to see the performance of SRH openers, particularly David Warner. On the other, fans also wanted the pitch to provide a lot more assistance to batsmen.
In the second match, KKR won the toss and elected to field. However, who knew that a nightmare was awaiting them. Warner, opening with Bairstow smashed the bowlers. While He scored 85 runs from just 53 balls while Bairstow scored a 35 ball 39. This partnership eventually guided the team to a mammoth 181. Unfortunately, a Russell-mania took the match away from them.
Next opponent waiting for them was Rajasthan Royals. The match was to be played at the den of Sunrisers. A ton by Sanju Samson had put RR in command and helped them to reach 198 before another Warner-Bairstow show (69 off 37 and 45 off 28 respectively) "destroyed his day."
The third match was to be played against RCB. This was the day when these two literally ruined the hapless bowling of the visitors. Batting first, SRH scored a 232, thanks to centuries from both Warner and Bairstow. SRH notched up another victory after bundling out the Virat Kohli-led team for the score of 113.
During these three matches, the openers put various to their name. Let us take a look at some of them.
#1 First opening pair in IPL history to put 3 consecutive century partnerships
Australia and England are considered to be the biggest rivals in cricket. But this Australian-English duo became the first in the history of IPL to put on 3 consecutive centuries in IPL. They had partnerships of 118, 110, and 185 in those 3 matches respectively.
Warner played a major role in the first 2 matches, scoring 85 and 67 runs respectively. Bairstow was the protagonist of their third encounter, and he scored 114 runs in that partnership.
The significance of this increases as Warner was returning after one year and was in pressure to perform, whereas Bairstow was playing his debut season, and had a load of a price tag of ₹2.20 crore. He had additionally been burdened by the expectation to carry forward the legacy of Shikhar and Warner, who had been a loyal run-getter for the team.
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