Watch: Jonny Bairstow shatters a fridge glass with a powerful six off Trent Boult's bowling
Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t promote Jonny Bairstow as an opening batsman as the England international was allowed to bat in the middle order. But that tactic didn’t pay off for the Sunrisers as Bairstow hardly turned up the heat in the games against Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
David Warner-led SRH lost two games in a row. In order to bring a change to their batting department, they decided to promote Jonny Bairstow as an opener. To make this move, the SRH team management decided to drop Wriddhiman Saha as the latter didn’t provide fireworks at the top of the order.
Jonny Bairstow breaks a fridge glass with a terrific six
SRH’s tactic to promote Jonny Bairstow up the order reaped rewards as the right-handed batsman did full justice with the bat by providing his team with a blistering start. During SRH’s run-chase of 151, the wicketkeeper-batsman mounted pressure on the opposition in the form of fours and sixes.
In the first two overs, the Mumbai Indians’ pacers namely Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah tried to keep the SRH batsmen silent. However, after that, the Sunrisers switched gears and made use of the powerplay overs to good effect as they garnered as many as 57 runs.
Bairstow targeted the New Zealand pace bowling duo - Trent Boult and Adam Milne. During the third over of the game, the wicketkeeper hit Boult for a mighty six towards the long-on region. The left-arm quick delivered a length ball and the England international whipped the ball with brute force.
As it happened, Bairstow not only launched the ball for a six but also managed to shatter the fridge glass. Jonny scored as many as 18 runs off the first 4 balls and then played out a couple of dot balls. He top-scored with 43 off 22 balls including 3 fours and 4 sixes. He was dismissed hit wicket off Krunal Pandya. Sunrisers failed to chase down the target as they lost the game by 13 runs.