Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny Bairstow was pleased as punch despite missing out on his 2nd IPL hundred on Thursday as his destructive 97 helped the team beat Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs in Dubai.
Bairstow smashed 7 fours and 6 sixes during his 55-ball innings which was also his third 50-plus score this season. He was adjudged Player of the Match for his exploits at the top.
After the game Bairstow spoke about his knock and the record partnership of 160 he shared with SRH skipper David Warner for the 1st wicket.
The duo laid a solid foundation at the top but departed within a few deliveries of each other in the 16th over bowled by Ravi Bishnoi. SRH suffered a mini-collapse before Kane Williamson helped the team reach 201 for 6 in 20 overs.
KXIP in reply, made a fist of the run chase but ran out of steam in the end despite Nicholas Pooran’s swashbuckling 77 to get bowled out for 132 in 16.5 overs.
“Very pleased, that’s my third fifty in the competition. The consistency is the key. The partnership at the top was the key tonight. He’s (Warner) a good fun, we know what a quality player he is.
“It was his 50th fifty in IPL, that record speaks for itself. It was important for us tonight to get a win. I am happy with the way I am striking it.
“The dimensions and the pitches here are slightly different to what we were expecting in India. The temperature is definitely different as well. The guys held the nerve,” Bairstow said after collecting his award.
Warner also heaped praise on Bairstow after the game.
“We love batting with each other. We pride ourselves in running hard between wickets. I don’t know why people think there’s so much hatred between the two countries! It’s going well, at the moment.
“I am just rotating strike for him. We enjoy batting with each other. We tried to negate the swing by coming at them (KXIP bowlers),” Warner said at the post-match presentation.