Hyderabad witnessed a 'royal' hammering as Sunrisers Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow smashed blistering tons to help the home team post a mammoth total of 231/2 in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 11 of the Indian Premier League.
The duo also went on to stitch a record highest opening stand in the IPL history - 185, surpassing the previously held record of 184, by Kolkata Knight Riders' openers Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn back in 2017.
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While Warner celebrated with glee on scoring his 4th IPL century, Jonny Bairstow smashed his maiden IPL ton in his first season in the cash-rich league, becoming the second Englishman after Ben Stokes.
Warner was unbeaten on 100 which included 5 fours and 5 sixes, whereas Bairstow scored 114 before being removed by Yuzvendra Chahal. The Englishman's innings consisted of 12 fours and 7 maximums.
The duo hammered Virat Kohli's RCB left, right and center as they mercilessly smashed away in Hyderabad. Spinner Prayas Barman, who made his debut as the youngest player to play in the league, had a poor first outing, where he leaked 56 runs in the 4 overs he bowled.
RCB captain Virat Kohli's decision to put Sunrisers in backfired as all his bowlers were taken to cleaners by Bairstow and Warner who became the first pair in IPL history to post three consecutive hundred-run stands.
Sunday's innings was also only the second time in IPL history in which two batsmen scored a hundred each.
Bairstow was finally out in the 17th over off Yuzvendra Chahal as he went for yet another big shot but only got the leading edge for Umesh Yadav to take a running catch. He reached to his hundred in 52 balls.
He was particularly harsh on 16-year-old Ray Barman from whom he took 17 runs in the ninth over and later smashed Colin de Grandhomme for 14 runs in the 10th over. He also did not spare India pacer Umesh Yadav who he hit for 16 runs in the 12th over.
Warner played second fiddle all this while and allowed Bairstow to take the initiative but hit fours and sixes in between. The Australian later swung his arms to complete his hundred.
(With PTI Inputs)