Warner and Dhawan Notch Fifties as SRH Take Down Gujarat Lions
Sunrisers Hyderbad recorded an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions at Rajkot on Thursday.
David Warner’s power-packed performance complemented by excellent death bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar enabled Sunrisers Hyderabad to record an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions in a lopsided Indian Premier League encounter at Rajkot on Thursday.
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/29) helped Sunrisers restrict Gujarat Lions to 135/8 in 20 overs, skipper Warner continued his dream form as he plundered an unbeaten 74 off 48 balls with Sunrisers winning by a canter in only 14.5 overs. Warner struck nine fours in his innings.
Shikhar Dhawan also showed signs of returning to form with an unbeaten 53 off 41 balls with five boundaries.
While Sunrisers won their second outing in four games, it was the first loss for the Suresh Raina-led outfit.
After the Gujarat Lions notched a relatively low score of 135/8, Hyderabad’s David Warner took on the bowling attack right from the word go, which didn’t allow the Lions to get back into the game.
Warner’s sequence of scores in this IPL read as: 58, 13, 90* and 74*. With 235 runs, Warner crossed KKR captain Gautam Gambhir as the current ‘Orange Cap’ holder in the league.
Earlier, Gujarat Lions captain, Raina hit a stroke-filled 75 but Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers showed a lot of discipline to restrict Gujarat Lions to a modest 135 for eight after putting the home team into bat.
Courtesy Raina’s 51-ball knock that comprised nine fours, Lions’ score got some sort of respectability as the other batsmen failed to get going on a two-paced wicket where stroke-making proved to be difficult.
The second best score after Raina was Brendon McCullum’s 18, which pretty much tells the sorry state of the Lions’ batting performance on the night.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up figures of 4/29.
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