The Orange Army hosted the Royal Challengers from Bangalore in the 1st clash of Super Sunday at their home ground. While Virat Kohli’s boys hunted for their 1st win of the tournament, Sunrisers aimed to extend its winning form at home. Indulging in both of its encounters in a high-scoring clash, the Orange Army was put in to bat first by Virat Kohli when the coin flipped in favour of the home side.
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner were seen in a dangerous mood and seen all set to create new records. The duo added 185-run opening stand for the Sunrisers as their partnership helped the team to reach a massive total of 231-2 from 20 overs. They became the first opening pair in IPL history to be involved in 3 successive 100 runs partnerships.
The 1st knock against KKR, which was being played away from home went in vain as Kolkata emerged victorious due to heroic cameo played by Andre Russel towards the end. In its next encounter against the Rajasthan Royals, the Aussie-English combo proved to be fruitful and set a strong foundation for their team to chase target close to 200. SRH seemed to have won the encounter comfortably with an over to spare.
Having a competitive edge against the Royal Challengers, winning 7 out of 12 encounters, Sunrisers seemed to be a dominant force on paper despite the replacement of injured Williamson for Mohammed Nabi and Deepak Hooda for Shahbaz Nadeem ahead of their clash on Sunday afternoon. RCB, having a mammoth target of 231 on the scoreboard to chase, failed to shine despite having big-hitters in the team.
The top order and middle order collapsed for mere 30 runs and were seen struggling at 35/6 after 8 overs. The wicket taking and economical spells through Mohammed Nabi and Sandeep Sharma, who shared 7 wickets and a run-out helped their franchise to register its 2nd win of the tournament as the opponents were bowled out for 113 runs with a ball to spare.