Rashid 3-fer and half-centuries from Warner and Henriques take Sunrisers to 9-wicket win over Gujarat

Match report

Sunrisers backed up their great performance on the opening night of IPL 2017 with an even better all-round display against Gujarat Lions, and have now begun their title defence with comprehensive back-to-back wins.

Having put the beleaguered visitors into bat after winning the toss, David Warner marshalled his bowling resources well and the SRH skipper received another great bowling performance from Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, whose clever variations were picked up by none of the Lions’ batsmen. The evidence of this was Rashid trapping Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch and Suresh Raina in front of the stumps, while the batsmen who generally play spin well, like Dinesh Karthik, often missed the line of the ball.

On what was quite a dry pitch, the spinners got the ball to grip the surface and stroke-making wasn’t entirely easy. But having been put into bat, Gujarat probably needed a total in the region of 160 to give themselves a good chance of restricting Sunrisers, especially considering that they do not have a potent bowling attack.

However, with very little contribution from the Gujarat top order, the 30s of Jason Roy (31), Karthik (30) and Dwayne Smith (37) proved too little for the visitors’ liking. The fifth-wicket partnership between Karthik and Smith seemed like it could take Sunrisers to or close to 160, but both these batsmen fell in the space of five balls (16.4 and 17.2) and the tailenders were unable to play the big shots at the slog. At no stage were Sunrisers’s bowlers and their captain put under pressure by the Lions.

Replying to Gujarat’s 135, Sunrisers had their captain and established No. 3 lead them to a nine-wicket win, to heap more misery on an already beleaguered GL. Warner finished off the 136-run chase with a six and was on unbeaten on 76 while his Australian and New South Wales team-mate Henriques followed up his 52 against RCB with an unbeaten 52* here.

Another point worth mentioning here is that Gujarat had lost their campaign opener against KKR by 10 wickets and the margin of defeat here (nine wickets) tells you that their bowlers are struggling to take wickets. And, as a result, no matter what total the batsmen put up on the board, it is likely to be insufficient with the kind of bowling attack the Lions possess and have fielded in their first couple of matches.

Match facts

IPL 2017, 6th match: Sunrisers (SRH) v Gujarat Lions (GL)
Date and time: April 9, 4:00 PM IST
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

Sunrisers vs Lions, 6th Match Scorecard

David Warner won the toss and chose to field first.

Playing XIs

SRH: 1. David Warner (C), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Ben Cutting, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Ashish Nehra, and 11. Bipul Sharma

GL: 1. Suresh Raina*, 2. Brendon McCullum, 3. Dwayne Smith, 4. Aaron Finch, 5. Dinesh Karthik, 6. Shivil Kaushik, 7. Jason Roy, 8. Praveen Kumar, 9. Dhawal Kulkarni, 10. Basil Thampi, and 11. Tejas Baroka

Result: Sunrisers beat Gujarat Lions by nine wickets, to begin their IPL 2017 campaign with back-to-back wins. Rashid Khan was awarded the man-of-the-match for his spell of 3/19.

Gujarat Lions’s (GL) Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate    
Jason Roy

caught S Dhawan, bowled Bhuvneshwar

31 (21) 5 0 147.61
Brendon McCullum

leg before wicket Rashid

5 (10) 0 0 50.00
Suresh Raina

leg before wicket Rashid

5 (8) 0 0 62.50
Aaron Finch

leg before wicket Rashid

3 (5) 0 0 60.00
Dinesh Karthik

caught Ojha, bowled Nehra

30 (32) 2 0 93.75
Dwayne Smith

caught Shankar (sub), bowled Bhuvneshwar

37 (27) 4 1 137.03
Dhawal Kulkarni

run out Rashid

1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Praveen Kumar

not out

7 (7) 0 0 100.00
Basil Thampi

not out

13 (8) 0 1 162.50
Extras 3 (2 leg byes and 1 leg bye)
Batsmen who didn’t bat Tejas Baroka and Shivil Kaushik
GL’s total 135/7 in 20 overs, at 6.75 runs per over
GL’s fall of wickets 35/1 (McCullum, 4.5), 37/2 (Roy, 5.2), 42/3 (Finch, 6.2), 57/4 (Raina, 8.6), 113/5 (Smith, 16.4), 114/6 (Karthik, 17.2), and 115/7 (Kulkarni, 17.4)
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate  
Bipul Sharma 4 7 24 0 6.00
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 10 21 2 5.25
Ashish Nehra 4 9 27 1 6.75
Rashid Khan 4 11 19 3 3.75
Ben Cutting 3 2 29 0 9.67
Moises Henriques 1 0 12 0 12.00
SRH Innings (target: 136 in 20 overs, at 6.80 runs per over)
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate    
David Warner

not out

76 (45) 6 4 168.88
Shikhar Dhawan

caught McCullum, bowled Praveen

9 (9) 0 1 100.00
Moises Henriques

not out

52 (39) 6 0 133.33
Extras 3 (3 wides)
Batsmen who didn’t bat Yuvraj Singh, Naman Ojha, Deepak Hooda, Ben Cutting, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, and Rashid Khan
SRH’s total 140/1 in 15.3 overs, at 9.03 runs per over
SRH’s fall of wickets 32/1 (S Dhawan, 3.1)
GL Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate  
Suresh Raina 2 4 24 0 12.00
Praveen Kumar 2 5 16 1 8.00
Tejas Baroka 3.3 6 33 0 9.42
Dhawal Kulkarni 2 2 17 0 8.50
Shivil Kaushik 4 7 29 0 7.25
Basil Thampi 2 3 21 0 10.50

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