IPL 10 SRH vs KKR: After Warner's ton, bowlers seal 48-run win for Hyderabad
Hyderabad: After a blitzing 126-run knock by skipper David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowlers managed to seal a comfortable 48 run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) restricting them to 161/7 in Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium here on Sunday.
After losing Sunil Narine (1 off 4) and captain Gautam Gambhir (11 off 11) early in the innings, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey kept their nerves and tried their best to take KKR out to the pressure situation. They added 78 runs for the third wicket before Pandey departed at the individual score of 39 runs off 29 balls with three boundaries.
Robin Uthappa, however, continued his rampage with the bat as he scored 53 runs off 28 balls hitting 4 fours and 4 sixes, before getting out trying to clear the long-off fence. His departure assured victory to the brilliant SRH which consequently won the sixth match of the tournament.
Yusuf Pathan, who made great efforts while fielding, could only score 12 runs off 13 balls, while Sheldon Jackson got out after adding 16 runs off 17 balls. Colin de Grandhomme scored 18 runs off 15 balls with 1 fours and a six, and Chris Woakes remained unbeaten at 6 runs off 3 balls.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/29), Mohammed Siraj (2/26) and Siddarth Kaul (2/26) bagged two wickets each in their four-over spells, while Rashid Khan bagged his only wicket on the final delivery of his spell. He conceded 38 runs in his four overs.
Earlier, electing to field first turned out to be a bad call for KKR as SRH openers Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner added 139 runs for the first wicket in just 12.4 overs.
SRH captain David Warner was at his belligerent best as he notched up a 43-ball century to help his team aggregate a huge total of 209/3. He went on scoring 126 runs off only 59 balls with the help of 10 fours and 8 monstrous sixes, which is the highest score by a captain in ten seasons of IPL. He also became the first SRH player to hit a century in the IPL history.
David Warner, in association with Shikhar Dhawan (29 off 30, 2 fours, 1 six) added 139 runs for the first wicket. He also added 32 runs with Kane Williamson for the second wicket before finally getting out and giving some respite to the struggling KKR bowlers.
Williamson played some of the most artistic and unorthodox shots during his 25-ball 40-run inning which was laced with 5 fours. He got run out in the final delivery of the inning. Yuvraj Singh remained unbeaten at 6 off 6 deliveries.
Chris Woakes, who went for 46 runs in his four overs, was the only successful bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders. Umesh Yadav was most impressive as he only conceded 30 runs off his four overs, though, he remained wicket-less.
Sunil Narine, who is considered among the toughest bowlers to take on, spent 37 runs in three overs, while China Man bowler Kuldeep Yadav leaked 43 runs off his four-over spell. Nathan Coulter-Nile also bowled quite nicely as he gave only 34 runs in his four overs. Yusuf Pathan, who was tried for just one over, got away with 17 runs off it.
The convincing 48-run victory, however, has brought no effect to the IPL 2017 points table as KKR is still at the pole position with 14 points in 10 matches, while the defending champions SRH is at the third slot with 13 points in same number of encounters.