Jonny Bairstow and David Warner smashed sensational centuries to guide SunRisers Hyderabad to a comprehensive 118-run win over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League match here on Sunday. England's Bairstow struck 114 from just 56 balls while Warner carried his bat for a 55-ball 100 in a record 185-run first-wicket partnership to post a mammoth 231 for two after being put into bat. Mohammed Nabi starred with the ball for SunRisers with figures of four for 11, while Sandeep (3/19) too was not far behind, scalping three wickets.
Bairstow punished RCB with 12 fours and seven sixes whileWarner hit five fours and as many sixes in his 55-ball knock.
With a gigantic target to eclipse, RCB needed a rollickingstart but the visitors' chase never got going as they kept on losing wickets tobe bundled out for 113 in 19.5 overs. It was RCB's third consecutive loss inthe tournament, while Sunrisers registered their second win out of three gamesthis season.
Playing his first IPL match this season, Afghan all-rounderMohammad Nabi did the early damage as he picked up three quick wickets — twoin his second over — as RCB's slumped to 22 for three by the end of the fourthover.
Nabi first accounted for Parthiv Patel and then came back toremove Shimron Hetmyer and dangerous AB de Villiers in the fourth over.
To make matters worse for RCB, Sandeep Sharma then dismissedskipper Virat Kohli in the first delivery of the seventh over. As if that wasnot enough, Shivam Dube was run out in the very next ball as RCB's chase fellby the wayside.
The visitors slumped to 35 for six in 7.3 overs. From thereon, it was almost an impossible task for RCB to get back into the game andColin de Grandhomme (37) and 16-year-old Prayas Ray Barman (19), the youngestplayer to make his IPL debut, just did their bit to delay the inevitable.
Earlier, RCB captain Kohli's decision to put SunRisers inbackfired as all his bowlers were taken to cleaners by Bairstow and Warner whobecame the first pair in IPL history to post three consecutive hundred-runstands. Bairstow and Warner bludgeoned the bowlers, bettering the earlierhighest of 184 between KKR's Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn in the 2017 editionagainst Gujarat Lions. Sunday's innings was also only the second time in IPLhistory in which two batsmen scored a hundred each.
Bairstow was finally out in the 17th over off YuzvendraChahal as he went for yet another big shot but only got the leading edge forUmesh Yadav to take a running catch. He reached to his hundred in 52 balls.
He was particularly harsh on 16-year-old Ray Barman, fromwhom he took 17 runs in the ninth over. He later smashed De Grandhomme for 14runs in the 10th over. He also did not spare India pacer Umesh who he hit for16 runs in the 12th over.
Warner played second fiddle all this while and allowed Bairstow to take the initiative but hit fours and sixes in between. The Australian later swung his arms to complete his hundred.