While there is absolutely no denying that the rain is the last thing that every cricket team or fans want during a game but sometimes the situation of the game forces the team and their fans to wish otherwise. Well, defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and their fans have found themselves in a similar situation during the eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy stadium where the game has been currently stopped due to heavy rain.
The Kolkata bowlers fully justified their skipper Gautam Gambhir’s decision of bowling first by restricting the Sunrisers to a modest 128 for 7. Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult kept things tight early on against the explosive opening pair of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan and reaped the rewards for it when a frustrated Dhawan top-edged a Yadav delivery to get out for only 11.
With runs hard to come by, the Sunrisers huffed and puffed to 30 runs at the end of the powerplay. But with the M. Chinnaswamy track not witnessing big-scoring games this season unlike the previous editions, Warner and Kane Williamson did not try to play the fancy shots and looked more than content to keep the scorecard ticking with singles, doubles and occasional boundaries. The duo put up 50 runs off 45 balls for the second wicket but just when it seemed the two were about to free their arms, both of them were sent back in quick succession with only 75 runs on the board.
Their innings never got the impetus as they managed to put up only 128 runs. But just when their innings ended, showers arrived and it is still raining cats and dogs in Bangalore. The score is obviously not a very good total against Kolkata’s strong batting lineup and the Sunrisers bowlers would have their task cut out whenever the game resumes.
And while the fans of both the teams are hoping for a different scenario, former India opener Virender Sehwag has found the funny side of it. Known for his sarcastic and humorous tweets, Sehwag posted a hilarious message on the social media saying: “Laxman ji spotted praying for torrential rains in Bangalore. But we need a game.”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 17, 2017