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Khaleel, Warner And Bairstow Team-Up To Sack Hapless KKR In Hyderabad

In the first game of the blockbuster Sunday, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered a spectacular 9-wicket victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. SRH fast bowling pair of Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivered brilliant spells to restrict KKR within a pretty modest first innings total. While in the second innings, it was the SRH opening duo comprising of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow who stole the show with some incredible batting. The openers compiled a scintillating century opening partnership to reduce the run-chase into mere formalities. Bairstow remained unbeaten till the end to steer SRH to an emphatic victory.

Khaleel and Bhuvneshwar's efficient spells restricts KKR

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the two KKR openers, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine got their team off to a brilliant start, smashing Shahbaz Nadeem for a total of 18 runs in just the second over. Narine then blasted Khaleel Ahmed for 14 runs off the first three balls, but eventually the pacer had the last laugh, nailing a beautiful yorker to shatter his stumps. Khaleel also dismissed Shubman Gill in the next over. The SRH bowlers continued to impress, picking wickets at regular intervals to leave KKR reeling at 73 for 4. 

Wickets kept tumbling at one end, while Chris Lynn held on the other side, scoring his 9th IPL off 45 balls. Lynn never looked very much comfortable during his stay at the crease and then Khaleel bowled amazing delivery to end Lynn's struggles. There was a slight firework from Andre Russell before falling victim to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th over. Khaleel finished with three and Bhuvneshwar picked up two wickets to restrict KKR to a modest total of 159 runs. 

Warner and Bairstow’s smashing opening blitz powers SRH in the chase

In the second innings, the two SRH openers, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow came out with a clear aggressive mindset, first smacking debutant Yarra Prithviraj for 16 runs in the second over and then blistered KC Cariappa for a total of 20 runs in the last over of the powerplay. The duo smashed a staggering tally of 72 runs in the first six overs. And after such opening assault, both Warner and Bairstow never backed down in the middle-overs as well.

Warner compiled a phenomenal knock of 67 runs off just 38 balls which included 3 fours and 5 sixes. Warner and Bairstow composed a sensational opening partnership of 131 runs at a great pace, to help their team dictate the terms in the run-chase. Bairstow then finished off the formalities by hitting Piyush Chawla for an astonishing six towards the deep mid-wicket region, to guide SRH to a comfortable win with five overs to spare in the game. Bairstow composed a terrific unbeaten innings of 80 runs which came off only 43 balls and consisted of 7 fours and 4 sixes.

Brief Scores:

KKR: 159/8 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn-51, Rinku Singh-30; Khaleel Ahmed 3/33, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/35)

SRH: 161/1 in 15 overs (Jonny Bairstow-80*, David Warner-67)

Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 9 wickets.