Australia opener David Warner carried his bat to set up a much-needed win for Sunrisers Hyderabad over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. Warner lost the toss and his team were put in to bat and the Australian was forced to play a measured innings of 70 not out off 54 balls as his fellow batsmen crumbled around him.
Warner’s knock included seven fours and two sixes but he was only really offered support through the middle of the innings when Naman Ohja came in and blasted 34 from 20 deliveries.
Fellow Aussie Moises Henriques fell cheaply for nine and Yuvraj Singh made a golden duck as Warner steered his side to 6-159 off their 20 overs. Hyderabad then endured opening batsman Manan Vohra’s late charge to get the win as Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 5-19 in a fantastic spell of pace bowling. Vohra blazed 95 off 50 balls before he was undone by Kumar’s fast yorker in the 19th over, as Kings XI were bowled out for 154 with two balls to spare.
“My heart is still pounding. T20 is a game where you must expect the unexpected,” said Kumar, who took 5-19.
“Warner and I had planned to bowl straight yorkers and it worked.”
Warner got to enjoy the win over fellow Australian international Glenn Maxwell, who again did little with the bat, dismissed by Kumar for 10.
“Unbelievable game of cricket,” Warner said.
“Credit to Manan for playing like that. Credit to Bhuvi too, he was unbelievable. Manan made it look easy when he cleared the ropes. He had to dig in for his team. Unfortunately only one team can win. It’s great to have Bhuvi in the shed at the back end and he executed perfectly.” Maxwell in contrast cut a disappointed figure.
“An outstanding game, made by a great innings by Vohra. Unfortunately he didn’t have help from the rest of us. It was definitely chase-able,” Maxwell lamented.
Earlier, IPL leaders Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by four wickets for their fourth win in five matches.
Manish Pandey hit an unbeaten 69 off 49 deliveries as Knight Riders chased down 6-169 with a ball to spare against the Daredevils.
Yusuf Pathan, 59, and Pandey batted resolutely and combined for 110 runs for the fourth wicket off 72 balls after Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan (2-28) struck in his first two overs to reduce Knight Riders to 3-21.
Yusuf hit six fours and two sixes before he top-edged Chris Morris’ short delivery. Knight Riders still needed 38 off 31 balls.
Suryakumar Yadav couldn’t handle the pressure before he drove an easy catch to Zaheer off Pat Cummins, who took 2-39, as Daredevils dragged themselves back into the game with nine required off the last over.
Chris Woakes was stumped next ball. Pandey smashed Cummins over long on for a six and ran two runs to complete the target.
Nathan Coulter-Nile made an impressive IPL debut for the Knight Riders with 3-22 after captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and opted to field first. Coulter-Nile could have added the wicket of Chris Morris on 16, but he was first dropped by Yadav, and Gambhir missed an easy catch at cover in the 19th over.
Originally published as Warner leads by example in IPL win
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