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Debut IPL ton joy for Bairstow

31st March 2019, 16:04 by Craig Smithson

Jonny Bairstow enjoyed a "fantastic" innings as he hit a debut Indian Premier League century in Sunrisers Hyderabad's comfortable win .

The 29-year-old England batsman hit an impressive 114 from 56 balls in an IPL record opening partnership of 185 alongside Australian David Warner, who finished on 100 from 55 balls in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

It was a third successive century partnership between Bairstow and Warner in the competition as the Sunrisers finished their innings on 231-2.

Afterwards, Bairstow, who hit seven sixes and 12 fours, said: "I'm absolutely cooked.

"It was fantastic to bat in the middle with him [Warner]."

In response, Bangalore lost captain Virat Kohli for just three runs, while AB de Villiers went for one and Bairstow's England team-mate Moeen Ali was removed for just two.

Sunrisers spinner Mohammad Nabi finished with figures of 4-11 to reduce Bangalore to 113 all out as he helped seal a win by 118 runs.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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