Talking Points: Why does David Warner have trouble facing Jofra Archer?

Also, why don't Sunrisers Hyderabad pick Mohammad Nabi?

Alagappan Muthu
Alagappan Muthu
David Warner goes over the top, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2020, Abu Dhabi, October 18, 2020

David Warner goes over the top  •  BCCI

Here are the talking points from the IPL 2020 game between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai
Why does David Warner have a hard time against Jofra Archer?
It's the curse of the line bowler. And they are almost always notorious to face.
Think of how Josh Hazlewood used to wrap Hashim Amla around his little finger. Seven Tests, seven dismissals, batting average 19. Or Sachin Tendulkar against Glenn McGrath. Nine Tests, six dismissals, batting average 22.
These are all-time great batsmen. But to undo them, these bowlers only concentrated on a couple of things. One - hit the deck with the seam upright. Two - target the stumps.
This made sure the batsman had to play the ball and if there is even the slightest movement, he is at a disadvantage.
That is what happened with Warner vs Archer. Except Archer was bowling at scary pace. Run that dismissal over and you'll see the left-hander getting squared up. That's the movement away from him. You'll see him poking his hands at the ball. That's him panicking and forgetting about his basics.
Line bowling alone is so hard to face, but at Archer's pace, it's nearly impossible.
Why do the Sunrisers never play Mohammad Nabi?
The Sunrisers bought Nabi in the 2017 auction. So this is his third year with the side. Guess how many games he's played for them?
It's just 14 matches; 14 out of a possible 57 matches. The Sunrisers bought a bonafide T20 superstar and have used him for only a 25% of the matches they've played since he's been on their roster.
This is partly because they also brought in Jonny Bairstow in 2018 and he became an automatic pick. Warner is their captain. The face of the team. And Rashid Khan is their trump card. That's three overseas slots done and invariably the fourth one ends up going to someone who can either hit hard (initially Mitchell Marsh this year) or bowl fast (Billy Stanlake earlier).
That's been the IPL way, even though Nabi has torched bowling attacks in the BBL, spun webs around teams in the CPL and been a driving force for the Afghanistan team in all limited-overs cricket.
Why did Riyan Parag bat ahead of Rahul Tewatia?
When Jos Buttler fell with 27 balls left in the innings, it seemed like the perfect time for Tewatia to walk out and wreak havoc. But the Royals sent in 18-year-old Parag instead and it slowly became clear why. He was there for the yorkers.
T Natarajan has bowled more yorkers than anyone in IPL 2020. The Sunrisers had saved two of his overs for the death.
Parag was the Royals' weapon against that. In the 18th over, after watching Natarajan bowl the perfect yorker to Steven Smith, Parag shifted outside off stump, got into a crouch and took a very low full toss - definitely intended as a yorker - and scooped it over fine leg for four.
Then he had the game sense to realise the bowler would go wide of off stump - try to take the batsman's power game away. But Parag was still able to reach it and he launched a huge six over extra cover.
ESPNcricinfo's forecaster suggested the Royals' chances of victory increased by 6% in that over.
Why didn't Archer bowl a third over in the powerplay?
He was in red hot form - 2-0-5-2 - and those two wickets were Warner and Bairstow, the backbone of the Sunrisers batting. So there was good reason for the Royals to have their speed demon to continue his spell. Another wicket could have helped them break into a middle order that has rarely shown itself to be stable this season.
But Archer was taken off and Manish Pandey took control.
"The third over for Jofra was on my mind," Smith said at the presentation. "We discussed it with a couple of guys. In hindsight, yeah, maybe should have bowled a third straight over."

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo