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Tuesday 23 July 2019
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IPL 2016, SRH vs RCB: Flab in the middle doesn’t matter when you have muscle at the top

IPL 2016, SRH vs RCB: Flab in the middle doesn’t matter when you have muscle at the top

David Warner kept cutting away. Cutting away as he usually does. Cutting away instinctively, ferociously and disdainfully. Any delivery furnished with an inch of width was ruthlessly cut away, cut away anywhere his mind wills to. This he can do with his eyes blindfold or maybe he can even sleep walk through those and still find boundaries when and where he wants to. It was also his most productive shot of the evening; it was his most productive shot of the entire tournament. On Sunday, it bought his downfall too — his intended cut off Sreenath Aravind was lapped up by Iqbal Abdulla at short-third man.

But Sunrisers needn’t have worried. Warner’s 38-ball 69 had turbo-charged them to 125 for three in 13.3 overs. There was Yuvraj Singh in seemingly silken touch at the other end. Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha and Ben Cutting all have the aptitude to clear the ropes. Surely. Then there’s their new-found late-order saviour Bipul Sharma. But maybe Sunrisers had to worry.

For, they have unarguably the most fickle middle order in the league, as fickle as maybe Real Madrid’s managerial preferences. In the entire season, only two of their seven middle-order batsman managed to cross 50. Those were England T20 skipper Eoin Morgan and his Kiwi counterpart Kane Williamson. Morgan wrenched it on April 16, against Kolkata Knight Riders. In the next four matches, his combined total was a run less than that score. Williamson, after a promising string of 30-plus scores, wrung up his half century on April 30. But his next five outings fetched him just 74 runs. This was in short a microcosm of their storied travails to assemble a half-decent middle order(SPORTS EXPRESS,2016).


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