Warner blasts Sunrisers home

2015-04-13 21:54
David Warner (Sportzpics)

Cape Town - A quick-fire 27-ball 57 from David Warner and a first-wicket partnership of 82 with Shikhar Dhawan set the Sunrisers Hyderabad up for a resounding eight-wicket triumph over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday.

Warner was at times imperious, striking six fours and launching four huge sixes into the stands, so the manner of his dismissal was surprising, according to the website.

The Sunrisers captain, for some reason best known to himself, tried to sweep leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and was hit on the back-leg. The umpire had no alternative but to raise the dreaded finger.

Two overs later Kane Williamson tried to sweep the same bowler, but the ball sneaked through and Dinesh Karthik whipped the bails off in double-quick time with Williamson out of his crease.

That was to be the limit of the RCB's success as Dhawan (50) and Lokesh Rahul (44), who struck the winning runs with a six over backward square-leg, compiled an unbeaten 78 for the third wicket to take their side to victory with 16 balls to spare.

The home side suffered a further setback when star batsman AB de Villiers had to leave the field with what looked to be a twisted ankle.

Earlier, after losing the toss and being asked to bat, RCB's opening pair of Chris Henry Gayle and Virat Kohli got the innings off to a reasonable start, putting on 11 in the first over.

Gayle signalled his intentions from the outset, smashing the third ball he faced from Trent Boult straight back over the fast bowler's head for six - his 200th in the IPL - and with nine runs coming off the second over, the home side had got the ball rolling.

Boult, a trifle wayward, conceded 25 runs in his first spell of three overs.

Praveen Kumar achieved the breakthrough the Sunrisers desperately needed - the wicket of the big-hitting Gayle.

The West Indian swung wildly at a good delivery, only to miss-hit it straight into the hands of Ashish Reddy, who was lurking at deep backward-square.

The loss of Gayle served to put the brakes on, with Kohli retreating into his shell as he and Karthik set about the reconstruction of the innings.

Karn Sharma spilled an easy caught-and-bowled chance to dismiss Kohli. The RCB captain hit the delivery back to the bowler, who messed up the first-chance and dropped it at his second attempt.

Sharma atoned for his previous mishap, claiming the wicket of Karthik.

The batsman went for the slog-sweep, only to find the top-edge which Williamson, coming forward from point, had no trouble in catching.

But then it all went pear-shaped for the home side as Ravi Bopara claimed the wickets of Kohli (41 off 37-balls) and Mandeep Singh within two deliveries.

The former was clean bowled and Singh was caught by Warner, who brought off a brilliant diving catch in the covers. And the home side had lost three wickets in two overs.

The resurrection was instigated by De Villiers and Darren Sammy, who put on 32 for the fifth wicket.

However, the stand was brought to an abrupt halt when Sammy was castled by Reddy, right on the stroke of the time-out at the end of 16 overs.

Boult, brought on to bowl the penultimate over, made amends for his undisciplined first spell with the wickets of De Villiers (28-ball 46), Sean Abbott and Harshal Patel for a mere three runs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar wrapped it all up with the wickets of Varun Aaron and Abu Nechim with one ball to spare.

Despite his shaky start, Boult proved to be the pick of the bowlers with 3-36 and Bopara and Bhuvneshwar Kumar weighed in with two wickets apiece.


Royal Challengers Bangalore: CH Gayle, V Kohli (captain), KD Karthik (wk), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, DJG Sammy, SA Abbott, HV Patel, YS Chahal, AN Ahmed, VR Aaron

Sunrisers Hyderabad: DA Warner (capt), S Dhawan, KL Rahul, NV Ojha (wk), RS Bopara, KS Williamson, A Ashish Reddy, KV Sharma, P Kumar, B Kumar, TA Boult


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