Jonny Bairstow 100 vs Pakistan : England’s opener comes up with yet another colossal innings to obliterate Pakistan
This has been a wondrous season for Jonny Bairstow. One of the most explosive batsman in the revered Indian Premier League, the opener has taken his form into the international arena as well. He’s emerged as one of the most dynamic batsman this season, earning laurels across the cricketing fraternity and rightly so.
Having scored a half-century against Pakistan in the series opener of their five match ODI series to craft out England’s clinical win, the wicket-keeper has shown why he’s considered the fulcrum of England’s batting line-up currently. Chasing the 359 run target set by Pakistan to England in their ongoing third ODI, he’s traversed his way to a 100. It’s an innings that bespoke excellent sublime, setting the platform for his country to go on and take an unassailable 2-0 lead against Pakistan.
At the time of writing Bairstow reached his ninth century for England in 72 balls with a profound 12 fours and 3 sixes, giving his side just the foundation needed to go on and diminish Pakistan. England are currently on 198 in 24 overs.
It’s not just the runs that he’s come up with but the graceful manner he amassed them in that make for a spectacle to behold. Flicking, cutting, pulling and driving the ball all over the field in only a manner that he can, Bairstow cleaned out each of Pakistan’s bowler sent his way. And what will give England heart is the consistency he’s shown over the previous two months to emerge as one of their most key players ahead of the all important quadrennial world cup.
Bairstow was also one of the major reasons the Sunrisers Hyderabad found themselves in the top 4 of the IPL. Scoring 445 runs in just 10 innings, despite leaving 3 weeks prior to the tournament concluded, Bairstow’s onslaught saw him unleash a carnage alongside David Warner. The duo set up one of the most productive opening partnerships in the tournament, putting on a half-century stand almost all the time they took to the field. The partnership amassed a staggering 786 runs in 473 balls at a stunning average of 87.33 and brilliant strike rate of 166.17 in 10 matches.
What was even more impressive was the fact that this was Bairstow’s first season playing in the Indian Premier League, a season which should have been a tough one for him given his relative inexperience on Indian pitches. It didn’t deter him to the slightest though as he became the leading run getter in the premier tournament for a debutant, surpassing the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Faf du Plessis, Lendl Simmons, Rahul Tripathi and Evin Lewis.
He’s a player who has always possessed an unmatchable exquisite skill set, a seamless blend of knowing when to play out the overs and when to up the ante mercilessly. As the home side look to stamp their authority on international cricket and win what would be their first world cup ever, Bairstow is certainly someone who is going to spare no expense in ensuring his side reach the echelon of success.
Century for Jonny Bairstow off just 74 balls!
A destructive knock as England pursue their target of 359 against Pakistan.
— ICC (@ICC) May 14, 2019
Jonny Bairstow's wagon wheel entering HoF territory.
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) May 14, 2019
Who has caused more destruction this week? Daenerys and Drogon, or Bairstow and Roy? pic.twitter.com/DuocCnWegQ
— Luke Drase (@LC_Drase) May 14, 2019
💯 for Bairstow! 👏👏👏
England winning this at a canter.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) May 14, 2019
— The Cricket Paper (@TheCricketPaper) May 14, 2019
Christ don't let any Indians see this. Kohli is obviously better than both Roy and Bairstow.
— Daniel Stevanato (@Stevros1988) May 14, 2019
— WasayRaza (@WasayRaza1) May 14, 2019
Joe Rooting for Bairstow 200 #ENGvsPAK
— Harish shinde (@HariisXX) May 14, 2019
Fastest ODI 100 for England:
46 Balls – Buttler
50 Balls – Buttler*
53 Balls – Moeen
54 Balls – Bairstow
58 Balls – Bairstow
60 Balls – Buttler
61 Balls – Buttler
62 Balls – Hales
65 Balls – Jason
66 Balls – Buttler
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 11, 2019
Cricket can have its own version of Baahubali with Jonny Bairstow playing the lead role in it! What monstrosity man! Doing unbelievable things match after match! #ENGvPAK
— Prasenjit Dey 📰 (@CricPrasen) May 14, 2019