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Rutherford replaces Bairstow at SRH for IPL second leg


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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have added West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford to their squad following the withdrawal of England's Jonny Bairstow for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE.

England wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow along with Dawid Malan and Chris Woakes had pulled out of the IPL due to personal reasons eight days ahead of the resumption of the 14th edition of the season.

The franchise announced it on Twitter on Saturday, "The explosive Caribbean is now a #Riser!" SRH wrote on Twitter. Sherfane Rutherford will replace Jonny Bairstow in our squad for the second phase of #IPL2021,"

The 23-year-old Rutherford was part of the Mumbai Indians side in IPL 2020. He has played six T20 international matches for the West Indies.

Overall, he has played seven matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL in 2019, scoring 73 runs at a strike rate of 135.18 while also picking up a wicket.

The IPL is set to resume on September 17 in UAE with Chennai Super Kings taking on Mumbai Indians.