Gujarat Lions came into this match with an intention to continue their winning run as they were the only team remain unbeaten in this season so far. Whereas Sunrisers Hyderabad are here after a cracking win against Mumbai Indians.
13 of the previous 14 matches in IPL 2016 have been won by the chasing team and there is no guessing why David Warner won the toss and chose to field. Dale Steyn has not been in a great form this cricketing year yet he was brought into the team for his first game this season, after all on his day, he can destroy any batting line-up.
Gujarat Lions got an early blow as their in-form batsman, Aaron Finch was dismissed in the first over itself by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Captain Suresh Raina was the only batsman who played a good innings for Lions as he scored 75 runs off 51 deliveries. Thanks to his contribution, the team managed to score 135 runs in 20 overs.
Dhawan who was playing his 100th match was looking to take some time and regain his form as the target wasn’t huge. On the other side, Warner was in attacking mode, which gave Dhawan another reason to take his batting a bit more easily. Together they scored 63 in the first 6 overs. Warner contributed 45 (25 balls) and Dhawan scored 11 (11 balls). They also led the team to a 10 wicket victory as Warner scored 75 and Shikhar contributed 53.
Records and numbers from this match –
100th Match for Gabbar – Shikhar Dhawan played his 100th match in Indian Premier League. He also scored a 50 in his 100th match. This comes as a good news for the Sunrisers Camp as Dhawan returns to form.
Exclusive 6000 run club – Suresh Raina became the first Indian batsman in T20 cricket to score 6000 or more runs. He is the 5th player in the world to do so after Gayle, Hodge, McCullum and Warner.
Biggest Win – Sunrisers Hyderabad won this match with 10 wickets to spare and this is the biggest win in terms of wickets in IPL 2016.
Highest score without a six – Raina scored 75 runs in this match with the help of just 9 boundaries. This is the 2nd highest score in IPL without a six. Highest is by Mandeep Singh, he scored 77*.
Orange Cap – Scoring 3rd 50 in the fourth match of IPL 2016, David Warner went past Gautam Gambhir in terms of runs scored this IPL. The Orange Cap belongs to him now.
Purple Cap – Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 4 wickets in this match, 1 coming off the first over of the innings and 3 off the last over of the innings. With 7 wickets in 4 matches, the Purple Cap now belongs to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
14 off 15 – IPL seems to have become a one-sided affair as captains win the toss and choose to field, this almost guarantees a 90% win. In the 15 matches played in IPL 2016, 14 have been won by the team chasing.
However this doesn’t take away anything from the players as they play hard, but probably there is an advantage batting second in India at this point of time.