Warner signs off in style as SRH sink KXIP
Hyderabad: David Warner signed off his IPL 2019 campaign in style, notching up his eight fifty of the season to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to 45-run win in their Indian Premier League match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.
By virtue of this win, Sunrisers have consolidated their fourth position in the table with 12 points from 12 games, while Kings XI are at 10 points from as many matches. Both the teams have two more matches to go with Kings XI still in the hunt.
Chasing the imposing total of 213, K L Rahul (79 off 56) made a valiant effort with the bat but lacked support from the other end as Kings XI were restricted to 167 for eight. Kings XI needed a brisk start but they didn’t get one, losing explosive Chris Gayle early. Gayle departed in the first ball of the third over, brilliantly caught by Manish Pandey off Khaleel Ahmed (3/40) with Kings XI scoreboard reading 11.
Thereafter, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (27 off 18) added 60 off 39 balls to take Kings XI forward. But just when the partnership was looking threatening, Agarwal was holed by Vijay Shankar off Rashid Khan (3/21) in the ninth over.
New man in Nicholas Pooran (21 off 10) played a short breezy knock before Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a beautiful catch at long-leg boundary off Ahmed to sent packing the batsman.
Rashid then came to the party and picked up two wickets — David Miller (11 off 11) and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin — in consecutive balls in the 13th over to stand in chance of registering a hat-trick which didn’t materialise.
From there on, the asking was tall for Rahul and debutant Prabhsimran Singh (16) and the former finally perished in the 19th over after a beautiful knock to shut the doors for Kings XI.
Earlier, playing his last match of the season before heading home for World Cup preparations, Warner struck a belligerent 81 off 56 balls with seven fours and two sixes to complete his IPL 2019 campaign with 692 runs, the highest so far in the tournament.
Warner and Wriddhiman Saha (28 off 13) got Sunrisers off to a brisk start after being sent into bat. The duo took the Kings XI bowlers to the cleaners to pile up 77 runs of the first six overs of powerplay. Saha’s innings came to an end at 28 when he under-edged a Murugan Ashwin delivery to debutant Prabhsimran Singh behind the stumps. Saha shared 78 runs off 6.2 overs with Warner for the opening stand.
Warner continued in the same vein and notched up his eight fifty of the season with a boundary off Shami in the 12th over. Manish Pandey (36 off 25) too played a quick knock in Warner’s company.
Pandey and Warner added 82 off 55 balls before R Ashwin struck twin blows in the 16th over to remove both. Kane Williamson (14 off 7) and Mohammad Nabi (20 off 10) also played short cameos towards the end.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: D Warner c Mujeeb b R Ashwin 81, W Saha c Simran b M Ashwin 28, M Pandey c Shami b R Ashwin 36, M Nabi b Shami 20, K Williamson c M Ashwin b Shami 14, R Khan b Arshdeep 1, V Shankar not out 7, A Sharma not out 5. EXTRAS: 20 (b 4, lb 2, w 14); TOTAL: 212/6 (in 20 overs). FALL OF WICKETS: 1-78, 2-160, 3-163, 4-197, 5-198. BOWLING: Arshdeep 4-0-42-1, Mujeeb 4-0-66-0, M Shami 4-0-36-2, R Ashwin 4-0-30-2, M Ashwin 4-0-32-1.
KINGS XI PUNJAB: K Rahul c Williamson b Ahmed 79, C Gayle c Pandey b Ahmed 4, M Agarwal c Shankar b Rashid 27, N Pooran c Kumar b Ahmed 21, D Miller c Shankar b Rashid 11, R Ashwin c Pandey b Rashid 0, P Simran lbw b Sandeep 16, M Ashwin not out 1, Mujeeb b Sandeep 0, M Shami not out 1. EXTRAS: 7 (nb 1, w 6); TOTAL: 167/8 (in 20 overs). FALL OF WICKETS: 1-11, 2-71, 3-95, 4-107, 5-107, 6-160, 7-165, 8-165. BOWLING: K Ahmed 4-0-40-3, B Kumar 4-0-34-0, Sandeep 4-0-33-2, Rashid 4-0-21-3, Abhishek 1-0-11-0, M Nabi 3-0-28-0.