David Warner led from the front with a brutal 126 off 59 balls as Sunrisers Hyderabad helped beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 48 runs to consolidate third spot in the 2017 Indian Premier League encounter at Uppal on Sunday. (IPL 2017 full coverage)
Warner’s knock was his third in the IPL and second against Kolkata Knight Riders. He got to his fifty off 20 balls and he became the joint fifth-fastest centurion in the history of the tournament. His aggressive knock helped him win the Man of the Match as Sunrisers Hyderabad won their fifth consecutive home game in this edition.
Speaking in the post-match presentation, the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper said, “We were looking to bat first and be positive from ball one. We got to 10 runs per over and we managed to maintain it throughout.”
The positive intent from Warner was evident right from the time he strode out to the middle. He got going with a four and a six off Nathan Coulter-Nile but the shot that got him going was a lofted six off Umesh Yadav in the third ball of the second over. He smashed a four and a six off Chris Woakes and tore apart Yusuf Pathan with two fours and a six.
After motoring past 50, Warner blasted a four and two sixes off Kuldeep Yadav to move closer to his ton. His 139-run stand helped Sunrisers Hyderabad notch up 209/3, their highest total against Kolkata Knight Riders. Warner credited Shikhar’s contribution in the knock. “Shikhar’s run-a-ball contribution was fantastic. It helped a lot. In the last game, I played the second role,” Warner said.
After Sunrisers Hyderabad’s innings ended, Warner stated that the team knew this ground well and added that no total was safe. “We still need to execute with the ball. Hopefully, we get a couple of wickets. No total is safe,” the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper said.
However, Mohammad Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul responded brilliantly with a couple of wickets as thy tied down Kolkata Knight Riders with some disciplined bowling. The all-round contribution helped Sunrisers Hyderabad snap Kolkata Knight Riders’ three-match winning streak and they will be aiming to seal their spot in the play-offs with a win over Delhi Daredevils in their next game. On the other hand, Gautam Gambhir’s team will eye a return to winning ways in an important game against Rising Pune Supergiant at Eden Gardens.