Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and chose to bowl against Rajasthan Royals, the two teams facing off in their first encounter of the season. But the Sunrisers’ bowling in the Powerplay was a comedy of errors, with the fast-bowlers giving away not one, not two, but four no-balls in the first five overs.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar shone with new ball, as he nearly always does, delivering some beautiful, unplayable outswingers to Jos Buttler. The Englishman couldn’t resist a prod, and edged to Abdul Samad at slip – but the siren wailed to signal a no-ball, and Buttler stayed. Bhuvi returned, this time testing Yashasvi Jaiswal, but he overstepped again. Jaiswal took advantage of the free hit and slapped it away for four.
After being a surprise retention for Sunrisers, Umran Malik had a nightmare start to his IPL. His raw pace, consistently over 145k proved irresistible to Buttler . One particular horror, a ball that clocked 150k, missed everybody – Buttler , who edged it, as well as Abdul Samad, who let it burst through his hands to run away for four. That turned out to be a no-ball as well, and Buttler was let off the hook twice.
Now under pressure, with Malik’s last over having bled for 21 runs, Washington Sundar was introduced. On his very first ball for SRH, he overstepped too.
Sunrisers Hyderabad bowl four no-balls in abysmal Powerplay, Twitter reacts
Alexa play: Oh no… oh no… oh no no no… BALL 😝
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 29, 2022
They scrapped the opening ceremony so these no balls are a customary inaugural ritual now
— Rijula Chakraborty (@rilla_2004) March 29, 2022
— मराठी टिव टिव (@marathi_tiw_tiw) March 29, 2022
— Aman_Chain 😷 Mask Man (@Amanprabhat9) March 29, 2022
Jos Buttler caught for 0 off a no ball, dropped off a no ball, has started to hit sixes. https://t.co/MK6Qa89M5v
— Simon Mann (@Cricket_Mann) March 29, 2022