Sunrisers ride on Warner blitz

Sunrisers ride on Warner blitz

Sunrisers Hyderabad survived a sensational David Miller onslaught to manage a tense five-run win over Kings XI Punjab and keep themselves in the race for IPL play-offs here on Monday.

SRH skipper David Warner muscled his way to a blazing 81 from 52 balls as he again shouldered the responsibility of scoring runs, leading the hosts to a very challenging 185 for five after electing to bat.

Miller then played an breathtaking unbeaten 89-run knock off just 44 balls to bring Punjab agonisingly close to a win but they fell short by just five runs.

Punjab needed 28 from the last over and Miller managed to score 22 with three sixes and a four off Ishant Sharma. Miller hit nine sixes and two fours in his knock.
The pitch was good for batting and Warner put on 56 runs for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (24) and added 65 for the second with fellow Australian Moises Henriques (28).

Warner cleared the ropes five times and hit the boundary ropes six times before being dismissed in the 18th over. He was in glorious touch, pulling, cutting and driving ferociously. He took his tally in this edition of the IPL to 504, snatching the Orange Cap from Ajinkya Rahane.

Eoin Morgan (17), K L Rahul (17) and Karn Sharma (11) also contributed with cameos to make it an impressive total.

Punjab managed a good start through Murali Vijay (24) and Manan Vohra (20) but spinner Bipul Sharma scalped both the openers to peg back the visitors, who ended at 180 for 7.

SRH are now placed fourth on the table with two matches — against Bangalore (May 15) and Mumbai Indians (May 17) — to go.

Vijay looked in good touch when he creamed 16 runs from Trent Boult’s first over but Bipul (2/13) cut short his stay. The left-arm spinner flighted the ball well outside the off stump and Vijay’s miscued drive was caught by Dhawan at short cover.

Vohra tried to hoick Bipul’s tossed-up delivery but found Bhuvaneshwar at long-on. Boult returned and got rid of Glenn Maxwell (11) with a peach of a delivery that bounced, kissed the shoulder of the bat and flew to Naman Ojha’s hands.

Rahul pulled off a stunner off Henriques to send back Wriddhinman Saha (5) to leave Punjab gasping at 65 for four. Miller and skipper Geroge Bailey were left with a daunting task of scoring 124 runs with an asking rate of almost 11 an over. With Miller going berserk, they almost pulled it off but the task proved too daunting in the end. Henriques was the most successful bowler for Hyderabad, giving away just 16 runs and taking three wickets in his four overs.

In the Sunrisers’ innings, Dhawan, opening with Warner, also played some delectable shots as Hyderabad sprinted to 51 in just 4.2 overs. Paceman Anureet Singh stemmed the rot a bit by giving away just three runs in the last Power-play over. But there was no stopping Warner as he ensured SRH posted a challenging total.

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