Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 15 runs in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Earlier swashbuckling opener David Warner butchered the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack with a whirlwind 50-ball 92 as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted an imposing 194 for 5 in their IPL match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohl during the IPL 2016 between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad. Pic/PTI
Warner hit nine fours and five sixes and shared a 124-run stand for the second wicket with Kane Williamson (50) to power Hyderabad to a commanding position after they were inserted by Bangalore following a delayed start due to rain. Playing his first game in IPL-9 after recovering from an injury, Williamson was perfect foil to Warner in an innings where he blasted seven boundaries in 38 balls. Australian allrounder Moises Henriques then provided the late charge with a 14-ball 31 laced with three sixes and a boundary.
For Bangalore, Kane Richardson picked two wickets, while Shane Watson (1/33) and Tabraiz Shamsi (1/39) snapped one each at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Earlier, opening the innings Shikhar Dhawan (11) blasted a couple of fours off Watson and Parvez Rasool before becoming a victim of Richardson in the fourth over. Looking to work a ball across the line he ended up giving a catch to the bowler.
Sunrisers Hyderabad team celebrates the wicket of RCB skipper Virat Kohli during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match in Hyderabad. Pic/PTI
However, Warner continued his rampaging form as he cracked a couple of boundaries of Richardson in the first five overs before picking up 16 runs off Harshal Patel which included two fours and a six. Varon Aaron also bled 11 runs each in the ninth and 13th overs as Warner and Williamson clobbered him for a couple of fours. Warner exploded in the 15th over when he took Richardson to the cleaners, cracking two sixes and a four to amass 19 runs and also bring up his 100-run partnership off 65 balls with Williamson for the second wicket.
SRH's David Warner celebrates his 50 against RCB in Hyderabad on Saturday. Pic/AFP
It was Tabraiz Shamsi who ended Warner's innings when he had him caught at long-off by AB de Villiers when the Australian looked to clear the ropes again to trigger a celebration.
Williamson completed a deserving fifty in the third ball of the 17th over but he was dismissed by Watson a ball later when the New Zealand skipper tried to play a short ball over the infield and ended up giving a faint nick to wicket-keeper Lokesh Rahul.
In the next over, Henriques blasted two sixes after Richardson had dismissed newman Naman Ojha who miscued a shot and ended up giving a simple catch to de Villiers at long-on. Henriques smashed a four and six in the next over as well to amass 14 runs to take Hyderabad close to 200-mark.