David Warner hands Sunrisers Hyderabad 45-run win over Kings XI Punjab
David Warner signed off his*IPL 2019*campaign in style, notching up his eight fifty of the season to help SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) take a step closer towards qualifying for the play-offs with a comfortable 45-run win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on*Monday. Playing his last match of 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. Chasing the imposing total, K L Rahul (79 off 56, 4x4s, 5x6s) made a valiant effort with the bat but lacked support from the other end as Kings XI were restricted to 167 for eight.
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.
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 send packing the batsman.
Earlier, 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 off the first six overs of powerplay.
Warner continued in the same vein and notched up his eighth fifty of the season with a boundary off Shami in the 12th over.
Pandey, who struck three fours and a six, added 82 off 55 balls along with Warner before Kings XI skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (2/20) struck twin blows in the 16th over to remove both the set batsmen.
First Ashwin accounted for Pandey and then two balls later dismissed Warner, caught by Mujeeb at point of what was a tired-looking shot.
However the skipper will feel good about young Nicholas Pooran's show in the last game against RCB, where he kept the team in the hunt at the back end of the innings.
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