Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) got off to a bad start to the season on Tuesday when the team suffered a whopping 61-point loss to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Pune. The Kane Williamson-led side, who finished bottom of the table the previous season, put in a largely uninspired performance, with the side conceding 210/6 after opting to go bowling. In the chase, SRH were shocked at 37/5 in 10.2 overs and started with a humiliating loss before Aiden Markram (57*) and Washington Sundar (40) led the team to a respectable finish .
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Chasing 211 to win, SRH faced an early setback when the team lost captain Williamson on 3 in the second set of innings.
Rahul Tripathi (0) and Nicholas Pooran (0) left without adding to the tally as Sunrisers recorded a huge unwanted record in Indian Premier League history.
The team went 14/3 at the end of Powerplay (first six overs), which is the lowest score in the IPL. Incidentally, RR held the record so far with 14/2 in six overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in 2009.
Here is the list of the lowest scores in powerplay:
As SRH recorded their name in the unwanted feat, fans on Twitter remembered David Warner, the dapper Australian fly-half who fell out with Sunrisers team management last season.
Warner was first ruled out in the first phase of the season in India, just a day after being stripped of the captaincy. The Australian opener was not played in SRH matches during the group stage finals, and was later released by the franchise ahead of the mega auction.
Warner was bought by Delhi Capitals for INR 6.25 crore.
SRH will next face tournament debutants Lucknow Super Giants on April 4. RR, meanwhile, will return to action on Saturday when they meet Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium.
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