Punjab Kings won by 5 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
Sunrisers won by 3 runs
KKR won by 54 runs
RCB won by 67 runs
Capitals won by 21 runs
Super Kings won by 13 runs
Titans won by 5 wickets
Sunrisers won by 9 wickets (with 72 balls remaining)
Sunrisers won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Sunrisers won by 7 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Despite inheriting a team (the new owners retained 20 players from the Chargers squad, including Kumar Sangakkara as captain) Sunrisers took some time to form a stable core. In the first two years, they trialled four captains, Sangakkara, Cameron White, Daren Sammy and Shikhar Dhawan. While their bowling proved their stronger suit in general, they struggled to find their best XI.
Sunrisers began to shape their own identity in 2015, when David Warner was made captain. The team finished sixth that year, but unlike his predecessors, Warner retained the captaincy on the back of his own strong performances. In 2016, he led Sunrisers to their maiden title, and the quartet of Warner, head coach Tom Moody, mentor VVS Laxman and bowling coach Muthiah Muralidaran worked like a well-oiled machine over the next few years. During this period Rashid Khan too became an integral part of the side.
In 2020, Trevor Bayliss replaced Moody as head coach. However, he left at the end of a dismal 2021 season during which Warner was also dropped from the side with Kane Williamson taking over the captaincy. The season marked the end of Sunrisers’ association with Warner and Rashid. Laxman, meanwhile, left to take charge at the BCCI's National Cricket Academy. Moody, who had returned as the director of cricket ahead of the 2021 season, overtook Bayliss as head coach in 2022, while Brian Lara and Dale Steyn joined the coaching staff.
In 2016, after finishing third on the points table, Sunrisers won three knockout games on the trot to clinch their maiden title. They also reached the final in 2018 despite the absence of Warner, their captain and best batter.
In 2021, SRH won just three of 14 games and finished at the bottom of the points table, beating their previous lows in 2014 and 2015, when they took sixth place.
Sangakkara’s poor form led to him losing the captaincy midway to White and sitting out half of SRH’s matches. However, Sunrisers’ bowling, spearheaded by Steyn, ensured they finished mid-table in their debut season. They lost to Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator.
Sunrisers started the tournament with Dhawan as captain but handed over the reins to Sammy towards the end to allow Dhawan to focus on his batting. They couldn’t quite find the right balance, with Warner mostly batting in the middle order, and finished with just six wins from 14 games.
Warner took over the captaincy, but it did little to change the team’s fortunes, as SRH failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second successive year. This time they finished with seven wins from 14 matches. Warner himself was the top run getter in the tournament, though.
Their maiden IPL title. Warner was once again at the forefront, and found support from Dhawan with the bat, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman with the ball. After finishing third in the group stage, SRH beat Knight Riders in the eliminator, Gujarat Lions in the second qualifier, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.
The defending champions went out in the eliminator, though Warner won the orange cap and Bhuvneshwar the purple. The season also saw the IPL debuts of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid – Nabi won the Player-of-the-Match award in his second game and finished the tournament with 17 wickets from 14 matches.
After Warner was barred from the tournament because of his role in the Newlands ball-tampering incident, Williamson stepped in and led admirably. He topped the run charts with the bat and led the side to the final, where SRH came up short against Shane Watson and Chennai Super Kings.
Warner returned – though not as captain – and finished as the leading run scorer of the tournament for the third time. He and Jonny Bairstow were exceptional as openers, but the middle order and seamers couldn’t quite build on their contributions. A superior net run rate helped them through to the playoffs, where they lost to Delhi Capitals in the eliminator.
With Warner back at the helm, Sunrisers overcame a spate of injuries to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth straight season. They lost to Capitals in the second qualifier but found new heroes in Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha and T Natarajan, who helped them bounce back after six defeats in the first nine games.
A season where little went right for Sunrisers. Warner struggled with the bat and lost his place in the side midway through the tournament. Williamson took over the captaincy but couldn’t turn things around. They lost eight of their first nine games and finished the season with the wooden spoon.
After losing their first two games, Sunrisers registered five consecutive victories, with their fast bowlers restricting opponents to below-par totals. But once the pitches eased out, their pace attack was no longer such a point of difference. This, coupled with Williamson’s poor form, meant they could win only one of their last seven games.
Steyn was the lynchpin around whom Sunrisers emerged as a bowling team. In 2013, his 19 wickets from 17 matches at an economy of 5.66 were instrumental in the side winning nine games either by defending totals under 150 or after restricting oppositions to that much.Bhuvneshwar Kumar
When Steyn’s form dipped after 2013, Bhuvneshwar picked up the baton. He was the leading wicket-taker for Sunrisers for four successive years, from 2014 till 2017, winning the purple cap in the last two. He also stood in as captain in 2019 when Williamson was injured.David Warner
Warner is easily the most prolific run scorer for Sunrisers, topping the 500-run mark in six of his seven seasons with them. They won their first IPL title under him, and if there was one player fans associated most with Sunrisers, it was Warner.Rashid Khan
Since his debut in 2017 till his last season with them in 2021, Rashid was the MVP for Sunrisers, with batters struggling against his quick legbreaks and googlies. Even when teams tried to play him out, he remained as threatening. His haul of wickets for the franchise is second only to Bhuvneshwar’s.Kane Williamson
In his initial years with Sunrisers, Williamson didn’t get to play every match, but whenever he got a chance, he did commendably, be it with the bat - only Warner and Dhawan have more runs for Sunrisers - or while leading the side. When Warner wasn't retained after the 2021 season, Williamson became the permanent captain.