The table topper Sunrisers Hyderabad is usually pretty much used to of the blitz of Warner in their frontline batting line up but due to the recent ball-tampering scandal, the biggy of SRH missed his this year’s IPL stint. He has been their best batsman, not just launching them off to ballistic starts but also standing strong against some fragility in the middle-order. Hence with the flashing of the confirmation news that he will not be part of IPL 2018, the Orange Army had already been shifted on the backfoot thinking of ways to deal with this massive setback.
There was a competitive 164, but to achieve the total Sunrisers needed a good beginning. The wicket was bowler-friendly and runs can only be scores until the moment the ball stays new because that was the only time when the ball was coming on to bat better. The England and Middlesex batsman also fell into the trap of the promising pacer Avesh Khan, whose short ball ploy almost worked as Hales miscued a pull high in the air, only for Glenn Maxwell to grass it at deep midwicket. Avesh kept on continuing in his stapler theory. However, the former number one T20I batsman was street-smart with his shuffle in the crease, not allowing the bowlers to bowl in the areas they wanted to.
Avesh was adamant on bowling short and Hales on the other end kept on pulling over mid-wicket and when it was full, the target was shifted to mid off. The bouncer has again been tried but he made room and slashed the ball over the off-side. He hit three sixes in an over which brought the momentum-changing 27-run in that particular over. That’s how Warner used to guide SRH in his heydays in the orange jersey. That is the same thing Hales is emulating and it was indeed a big boost for SRH.