In a fresh change, a brilliant display of batting from the Indian middle-order helped SRH to chase a decent target after their overseas openers were out early. The injury of Mitchell Marsh was a blessing in disguise for SRH as his replacement Jason Holder played his first match in four years, and became the team’s leading wicket-taker (3 wickets for 33 runs).
At the start of the innings, Robin Uthappa looked very good after a long time, only for the innings to end in a run-out from the same man Holder. Rashid Khan, as usual, ended with economical returns, displaying figures of 1/20 in his four overs. However, the all-rounder who had contributions with both the bat and ball was Vijay Shankar, who took the crucial wicket of Jos Buttler and scored a half-century in a 140-run partnership with Jos Buttler. Here’s a look at the important numbers from the match (SRH vs RR).
140* – This is the highest partnership for Sunrisers Hyderabad in an innings after David Warner was dismissed. The only higher partnerships SRH had in IPL without involving David Warner were in 2018, a season where Warner did not play due to his ban.
2 – Jofra Archer becomes the second player to dismiss David Warner while playing for SRH, twice in an IPL season. The first player was Kagiso Rabada in 2019. Other bowlers who dismissed Warner twice in a season before he joined SRH, are Sreesanth in 2011 and Ben Hilfenhaus in 2012.
103 – Dot balls bowled by Rashid Khan this season, making him the third bowler after Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah with a century of dot balls this season. Rashid is the first-ever spinner and one of the four players who bowled 100+ dot balls in each of his first 4 IPL seasons.
Players with 100+ dot balls in their first four IPL seasons:-
Praveen Kumar (2008-11)
Lasith Malinga (2009-12)
Mitchell McClenaghan (2015-18)
Rashid Khan (2017-20)
2017 – The last time Sunrisers Hyderabad won an IPL match after David Warner being out at a single-digit score – against Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad. In between, Warner was out for single digits only twice as SRH lost both.
176.60 – Manish Pandey’s strike-rate in the match, which is the highest of his last 12 fifty-plus scores and his last 22 thirty-plus scores in IPL, both also being highest for SRH. It is also his first IPL fifty in winning cause after 7 innings. The last time Manish scored a fifty in winning cause was against KXIP at Hyderabad in 2018.
5 – This is only the fifth time in IPL where Sunrisers Hyderabad chase 150+ target before the final over of the match. SRH is not a team known for chasing big totals with ease.
Highest targets chased down by SRH in IPL inside first 19 overs:-
188 – vs DC at Delhi, 2018
167 – vs RCB at Bangalore, 2015
160 – vs KKR at Hyderabad, 2019
155 – vs RR at Dubai, 2020
155 – vs GL at Kanpur, 2017
8 – David Warner became the eighth captain to reach 30 victories in IPL, and the third overseas captain after Gilchrist and Warne to reach there. All the matches he captained were for SRH, making him the fifth captain to achieve 30 wins for a single team (after Dhoni, Gambhir, Rohit and Kohli).
Most wins by a captain in IPL:-
107 – MS Dhoni
71 – Gautam Gambhir
66 – Rohit Sharma
55 – Virat Kohli
35 – Adam Gilchrist
30 – Shane Warne
30 – Sachin Tendulkar
30 – David Warner
1 – This is the first time Manish Pandey won Man-of-the-Match for Sunrisers Hyderabad, though he has 9 fifty-plus scores for the team. In fact, this is the first time since 2014 IPL final when he won Man-of-the-Match.