The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) made their Indian Premier League (IPL) debut in the 2013 season. They made an impressive debut and reached the playoffs, finishing fourth. It did not take them long to lift the title as they won their maiden championship in 2016. They were competitive in every season from 2017 to 2020, making the playoffs thrice and finishing runners-up in 2018. However, they had a torrid season last year, finishing at the bottom of the points table. SRH have registered a few impressive records in the IPL over the years. Here’s a look
1. Highest total in IPL final
The Sunrisers Hyderabad hold the record for the highest total registered in an IPL final. They did the same in 2016, when they lifted the crown for the first and only time. Batting first after winning the toss, they posted 208 for 7 on the board. Skipper David Warner top-scored with 69 off 38 while Yuvraj Singh and Ben Cutting chipped in with handy 30s. RCB were also brilliant in response as Chris Gayle (76 off 38) and Virat Kohli (54 off 35) featured in an opening stand of 114. However, SRH fought back to restrict RCB to 200 for 7. Cutting claimed two wickets to go with his runs and was named Player of the Final.
2. Most fifties in a single season
The 2016 season was an unforgettable one for SRH and for Warner on an individual level as well. He created a record for scoring the most fifties in a season in 2016. Warner played 17 matches for SRH in the season and crossed the half-century mark as many as nine times. He came close to scoring a hundred, ending the season with a best of 93 not out. Warner came close to equaling the record in 2019 when he smacked eight fifties in 12 matches in a brilliant season.
3. Most runs by an overseas player in a single season
During the 2016 edition, Warner also achieved the record of most runs by an overseas player in a single IPL season. He hammered 848 runs in 17 matches at an average of 60.57 and a strike rate of 151.42. During the same season, Virat Kohli claimed the record for the most runs scored in a season, hammering 973 runs in 16 games at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03. Kane Williamson, Chris Gayle (twice), and Michael Hussey have scored more than 700 runs during an IPL season.
4. Highest opening partnership in the IPL
SRH also hold the record for the highest opening partnership in the IPL. They achieved the feat during the 2019 season when Warner and Jonny Bairstow were in incredible form. The feat was achieved against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Hyderabad. Bairstow slammed 114 off 56 balls with the aid of 12 fours and seven sixes. Warner, on the other hand, hit an unbeaten 100 off 55 deliveries, slapping five fours and as many sixes. SRH posted 231 for 2 and won the game by 118 runs.
5. Most 50-plus scores in the IPL
Warner may have moved to Delhi Capitals. However, he was with SRH when he became the first player to score 50 fifty-plus scores in the IPL. He achieved the feat against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) during the IPL 2020 edition. After exactly 150 IPL games, Warner has 54 fifty-plus scores in the IPL. Of them, fifty are half-centuries, and four are hundreds. In fact, Warner is the only player with more than 50 fifty-plus scores in the tournament. Virat Kohli is second on the list with 47, followed by Shikhar Dhawan (46), AB de Villiers (43), Rohit Sharma (41), and Suresh Raina (40).
In an eventful morning session on Day 4, Pakistan missed out on an opportunity to dismiss Warner early; Khawaja got a reprieve after he was bowled off Naseem Shah’s no-ball, and then umpire Aleem Dar was involved in an animated conversation with Warner likely about how and where the veteran batter was running on the deteriorating pitch.
Warner even removed his helmet and gloves, exchanging words with Dar before play resumed after nearly three minutes of stoppage.