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Warner Gets A Fitting Send-Off With A Clinical SRH Win In The Last Home Game

After losing two comprehensive games on the trot, the Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) finally came back to winning ways with a clinical 45-run victory over the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)in the last home game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The home team registered a massive first innings total on the back of David Warner’s phenomenal knock and a great finishing touch given by the lower-order batsmen. While in the second innings, the bowler duo comprising of Khaleel Ahmed and Rashid Khan bowled amazingly well to restrict the opposition and in turn propelled KXIP to a remarkable win. With this victory, SRH have taken a step further in this embracing playoffs race.

David Warner ends his IPL 2019 campaign on a blistering note

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, SRH’s new opening combo of David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha got their team off to a smashing start. The duo comprising of Warner and Saha never looked in any sort of pressure, blasting a terrific total of 77 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. KXIP leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin picked up the opening breakthrough in the form of Saha’s wicket in the seventh over. After providing a solid opening, Warner then steadied the SRH innings now along with Manish Pandey.

Warner, who was playing his last game of the season, once again looked in a fabulous touch, racking up his ninth fifty in the tournament. He capped off his campaign with a staggering knock of 81 runs off just 56 balls which consisted of 7 fours and 2 sixes. Pandey and Warner looked to be taking the game away from the opposition, but then KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin brought his team back in the game by removing both the SRH batters in a single over. Towards the fag end of the innings, SRH did lose some quick wickets, but also got runs at a quick pace which in turn helped the home team register massive total of 212 runs.

Khaleel and Rashid’s efficient spells restricts KXIP

KXIP team got off to a horrible start with the bat as their in-form opener Chris Gayle was sent back to the pavilion in just the third over of the run-chase with 11 runs on the board. Mayank Agarwal then joined hands with the other opener, KL Rahul, to bail KXIP out of the troublesome situation. The duo of Mayank and Rahul stitched an excellent partnership of 60 runs for the second wicket. The former was looking in a decent touch but failed to covert his start of 27 runs into a big innings and fell in the ninth over to Rashid Khan. Agarwal’s wicket also triggered a vital KXIP batting collapse as they lost a flurry of wickets.

From being in such a strong position at 70 for 1, the middle-order suddenly crumbled like a pack of cards and thereby reducing KXIP in a miserable state at 107 for 5 after 13 overs. Rahul was then left with no other choice than to explode and thus, he started clobbering the SRH bowlers all over the park, notching up a brilliant fifty off 38 balls.

He compiled a fine innings of 79 runs which included 4 fours and 5 sixes, but most of his runs came at the tail end of the innings which was never going to help his team. KXIP could only manage 167 for 8 in their 20 overs. For SRH, Khaleel Ahmed and Rashid Khan bowled fabulously to pick up three wickets each, while Sandeep Sharma also finished with two wickets to his name.

Brief Scores:

SRH: 212/6 in 20 overs (David Warner-81, Manish Pandey-36; Ravichandran Ashwin 2/30)

KXIP: 167/8 in 20 overs (KL Rahul-79, Mayank Agarwal-27; Rashid Khan 3/21, Khaleel Ahmed 3/40)

Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 45 runs.