The Warner-Bairstow show, the key highlight as we look at the top 5 moments from part 1 of Week 2 of IPL 2019.
The week 2 of IPL 2019 saw some really exciting cricket as there were some splendid batting display, a super over finish, another RCB collapse and much more.
So, let’s revisit the part 1 of the top special moments from week 2 of IPL 2019.
#5: PRITHVI SHAW’S SCINTILLATING 99
An innings long coming for Prithvi Shaw as he finally announced his arrival in the IPL with an impactful knock.
Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders put a mammoth score of 185-8, courtesy to Andre Russell’s quick-fire 62 of 28 balls.
Chasing 186, Prithvi Shaw Started cautiously, but soon got his eye in as he smashed Andre Russell for a four and a six in the sixth over. He didn’t stop there as he continued toying the bowlers as he reached his fifty in just 30 balls. His next 49 runs again came in just 24 balls as he outplayed even the dangerous Pant at the non-striker end.
Batting on 99, It looked as if Shaw would get to the magical 3 figures comfortably, but a mistimed pull on 99 left everyone shocked. His wicket made way for a sluggish finish for the Delhi Capitals as the match went into the super over.
Shaw ended his innings on 99(55) with 12 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 180. Delhi Capitals did win the match, but the fans were clearly disappointed for Shaw missing the well deserved century.
#4: SUPERB RABADA WITH THE SUPER OVER
The first super over of the IPL, and Kagiso Rabada was up against one of the best strikers of the IPL, Andre Russell.
The talented, Prasidh Krishna did a superb job restricting the Delhi Capitals batsmen to a score of 10 in the super over. With 10 to defend, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada had a long chat with Shreyas Iyer, who eventually gave the ball to Kagiso Rabada as the latter promised for an over, full of accurate yorkers.
Kagiso Rabada bowled with bullseye accuracy as except for the first ball, none of the other balls were hittable. His six balls read “4 0 W 1 1 1”, thus giving away only 7 runs of the super over.
The highlight of the super over was the ferocious yorker he bowled to Andre Russell which rattled Russell’s middle stump.
#3: MS DHONI BEING MS DHONI
How often do we see MS Dhoni lifting the team from 20-2, 30-3, 32-4, etc. to a comfortable score to defend for the CSK? Quite often, isn’t it?
That’s what we witnessed in yet another masterclass from MS Dhoni against the Rajasthan Royals.
Batting first, Chennai Super Kings looked in trouble early on after losing their first 3 wickets for just 27 runs. The match was again scripted for yet another Dhoni masterclass as Dhoni first combined beautifully with Suresh Raina for a fifty-odd partnership, and then he did what he usually does. Bludgeon the bowling in death overs.
MS Dhoni was 38(34) at the end of 17 overs, but he ended on the score of 75(46) after 20 overs as he smashed 37 runs off the 12 balls he faced in the last 3 overs.
CSK finished their innings on 175 from 20 overs, and eventually won the match by 8 runs to stay unbeaten in the tournament.
#2: THE WARNER-BAIRSTOW SHOW
Ohh yes, the pair of Warner-Bairstow sparkled magic as they became the first opening pair to score a hundred each in the same match of the IPL.
Batting first, the duo got going right from the first over as the pair smashed 3 fours to Moeen Ali in the first over. They scored 59 runs in the power play, but surprisingly, Bairstow outplayed Warner scoring 32 of those 59 runs.
The pair didn’t seem to stop as they reached 100 in just 10 overs with Bairstow scoring 67 of those 100 runs. The next 50 runs came in just 20 balls as Bairstow reached his first IPL century in just 53 balls.
Post Bairstow’s dismissal, Warner got into the act as he smashed 29 of the last two overs to reach his 4th IPL hundred in the IPL. Eventually, SRH ended on 231 from 20 overs, which is the highest score of IPL 2019.
Jonny Bairstow made 114(56) balls with 12 fours and 7 sixes at a strike rate of 203.57. While David Warner made 100*(55) balls with 5 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 181.82.
#1: RCB DISPLAY YET ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT
This has to be the moment of the week 2 as RCB scripted yet another disappointment. After getting all-out for a disastrous score of 70 in the first match, the star-studded line-up of RCB displayed yet another disappointment against SRH in Hyderabad.
Chasing a mammoth total of 232, RCB decided to try another new opening partner for Parthiv. This time in the form of Shimron Hetmyer.
However, just like they performed against CSK, they didn’t look comfortable against the spin bowling. Mohammad Nabi looked unplayable as he got rid of the dangerous, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer and Moeen Ali in successive overs.
A lot was dependent on the captain, Virat Kohli, but he too didn’t last long. Sandeep Sharma eventually got rid of him on the score of 3.
In the end, RCB were again bundled out for a meager score of 113. They lost the match by 118 runs, which is one of their top 5 worst defeats in the IPL.
IPL 2019 STATS- 1 APR, 2019
- Most Runs: 254 (David Warner, SRH)
- Most Wickets: 6 (Imran Tahir, CSK)
- Highest Score: 114* (56) (Jonny Bairstow, SRH)
- Best Bowling: 4-11 (Mohammad Nabi, SRH)
Thanks for reading! Which of the above mentioned moments from week 2 of IPL 2019 did you enjoy the most? Please, let’s know in the comments.
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