The demolition men of Sunrisers Hyderbad Jonny Bairstow were at it again as the duo stitched an unbeaten 100-run partnership against Kings Xi Punjab in Dubai on Thursday.
In the process, Bairstow also completed his third IPL half-century of the season, reaching the milestone in just 28 balls, smashing two huge sixes and five fours as the duo bring up their fifth 100-run opening stand together.
Facing a toothless KXIP bowling attack, the duo was at it from word go as the powerplay fetched 59 runs with the Aussie-English combination contributing equally in the partnership early on.
However, it was in the eighth over of the innings by young spinner Ravi Bishnoi when Bairstow upped the ante, smashing 17 of the 18 runs in the over.
Bairstow crossed the 50 mark two overs later when he shot Arshdeep Brar for a six over long off to complete his half-century while taking SRH past 100 by the end of 10th over.
Getting under the skin of KXIP bowlers further, he smashed two maximums and a boundary in the very next over with skipper Warner smartly settling for the second fiddle role in the stand.
Warner completed his 50 in the 14th over while the partnership inched closer to 150-run mark. Warner took 37 balls to reach 50, hitting five boundaries and a solitary six.
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