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Sunrisers Hyderabad's mantra: Redefining Powerplay  

Travis Head, whose 39-ball 100 led SRH to a record-setting 287/3 against Royal Challengers Bengaluru on Monday, underscored that approach with a fifty inside the Powerplay

PTI Bangalore Published 17.04.24, 09:51 AM
Sunrisers Hyderabad batter Travis Head celebrates his century during the IPL match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru on Monday.

Sunrisers Hyderabad batter Travis Head celebrates his century during the IPL match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru on Monday. PTI

Sunrisers Hyderabad have taken T20 batting to the next level with sustained range-hitting in the IPL and Travis Head said maximising Power Play segment was central to their aggressive approach.

Head, whose 39-ball 100 led SRH to a record-setting 287/3 against Royal Challengers Bengaluru on Monday, underscored that approach with a fifty inside the Powerplay. It was also the second time Head completed a half-century within the first six overs.

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“We’ve definitely got a lot of power through our top and middle-order and I think we’ve sort of got to tailor the way we want to play around that power that we’ve got, especially in Powerplay,” said Head at the post-match press conference.

The Australian opener has a perfect ally at the top in an equally belligerent Abhishek Sharma, who blunts slower bowlers upfront while Head goes about destroying the pacers.

“I guess Abhi and I at the top of the order try to maximise that (Powerplay) as much as we can. It may be fours, it may be sixes. But yeah, we want to try to attack the Powerplay with the two of us and then obviously we’ve got a lot of power through that middle-order,” Head added.

It wasn’t a mere tall claim as was evident during SRH’s Powerplay scores in six matches this season: 65/1, 81/1, 58/1, 78/1, 40/3 and 76/0, and none of the other nine teams have come close to those numbers.

But it was not blind hitting. Head revealed his approach in the initial six overs.

“Depending on the field positions, I try to sum up what the bowlers are trying to do. In the Powerplay, with just two fielders out, I try to think about hitting the ball 360, around the whole ground, as you only have to go over the infield or through the infielders for boundaries.

“I’d worked on a few things over the last couple of days. I did not execute the way I would have liked (in the last two matches). But today, especially in the Powerplay, I was able to strike the ball the way I wanted,” said the left-hander.

The 30-year-old also lauded Sunrisers bowlers, especially skipper and premier pacer Pat Cummins, for holding their nerves when RCB batters were scoring briskly.

“We knew that we probably needed three or four really good overs in the game to win it. So, it’s amazing to sit here and think that when we make 280, but it’s going to be one of the nights for the bowlers to hold on and I thought Pat bowled exceptionally well.

“We were able to get wickets throughout the middle of the overs which set the game up. DK (Karthik) played an unbelievable innings.”

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