David Warner’s magnificent knock of 74 off 48 balls helped Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Gujarat Lions by ten wickets to end their unbeaten run. After restricting the home side to 135/8 on the back of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four-wicket haul, SRH strolled home to record their second win this season.
Seeing Warner going all guns blazing at the other end, Shikhar Dhawan also took inspiration from the Aussie and found the ropes a couple of times to keep his strike rate above the 100-run mark. Bowlers came and went, but Warner continued his merry making in the middle, dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground. With the rest of the runs a mere formality, Warner and Dhawan took the team past the ropes with 5.1 overs to spare and registered their second win of the tournament.
Earlier, after defeating reigning champions Mumbai Indians in the last match to register their first win of the tournament, Sunrisers Hyderabad travelled to Rajkot to take on newcomers Gujarat Lions, who remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament. The home side welcomed Ravindra Jadeja back into the side after he missed the clash against Mumbai Indians due to his
Continuing the tradition of teams winning the toss and bowling first, David Warner won the toss and opted to field first on a wicket, which had a lot of green on the top. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave the away side the perfect start as he removed Aaron Finch, who scored 74, 50, and 67 in the last three matches, with a peach of an
Although they started on a bad note, skipper Suresh Raina arrived next and went after the bowling from the word go with an exquisite drive through extra cover. The southpaw looked in a mood to attack and dealt in boundaries by sending Bhuvneshwar and Barinder
The run rate was more than 7.5 runs an over, and the home side was looking comfortable at 55/1 in seven overs. However, David Warner opted for
Dwayne Bravo also came and went in the 14th over without giving the scorers much of a trouble. With the fall of the wickets, the scoring rate also took a nosedive as the home side’s hopes of a 150+score looked unlikely at that point. However, skipper Raina kept going at the other
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