The Sunrisers Hyderabad simply outclassed the Kings XI Punjab at Abu Dhabi. David Warner and his team executed a complete performance from the very first ball of the match.
Batting first the star opening duo of SRH, Warner and Bairstow were in prime form as they recorded a thrilling 160 runs partnership. The KXIP blowers did manage to pick wickets in the death overs but till then the damage had already been done.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Win By 69 Runs
In the end, a brief cameo from Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson took SRH to a total of 202.
Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab run chase was all about Nicholas Pooran. The Southpaw produced a lion-hearted batting effort as he alone stood tall in the chase. Pooran recorded the fastest IPL fifty this season and ultimately was dismissed for 77 off mere 37 balls.
I Enjoy Batting With Bairstow- David Warner
Once Pooran was sent to the pavilion it was just a matter of time before SRH was victorious. Without any surprises, the pick of the SRH bowling was Rashid Khan who spun a web around the KXIP batsmen. In his 4 overs spell the champion spinner only gave away 12 runs and picked 3 wickets.
Here’s what the winning captain of SRH, David Warner had to say in the post-match presentation.
“Enjoyed it, but was a little nervous when Nicholas was hitting them out with four overs to get in. I played with him in Bangladesh and when he’s hitting it clean, you always think hard. Rashid obviously gets shown a lot of respect, he’s a world-class bowler and it’s nice to have him. Obviously, it’s disappointing and sad for Bhuvi but having him out gives others opportunities and we did okay”.
“[Bairstow-Warner partnership] I don’t know why people think there’s so much hatred between the two countries! It’s going well, at the moment I’m just giving him strike. Look we really enjoy batting together out there. We tried to take it to them and fortunately enough today we were able to get through the powerplay. We have a tough game against Rajasthan, it’s a day game, hopefully, we can put 200 on again”, David Warner said post the win.