<
>

Nervy Sunrisers survive Miller blitz

Sunrisers Hyderabad 185 for 5 (Warner 81, Hendricks 2-40) beat Kings XI Punjab 180 for 7 (Miller 89*, Henriques 3-16) by 5 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

play2:35
O'Brien: Captaincy helps Warner flourish

Iain O'Brien was impressed by David Warner, both as a batsman and as a captain

David Warner continued to carry his team forward in the tournament on the back of his own personal form, his sixth half-century this season laying the foundation of Sunrisers Hyderabad's fifth win in six matches that helped them catch up with Rajasthan Royals on the points table.

But not before David Miller gave them a brief scare by hitting first four balls of Ishant Sharma's last over for 6, 6, 0 and 4, bringing the equation down to 12 off two balls. He missed the penultimate ball, but hit the last one for a six again, exposing how poor that over had been. Or how poorly Kings XI Punjab's batsmen had fared on course of their seventh consecutive loss.

Ishant was the first person to embrace Miller after a scintillating 89 that included nine sixes, but Sunrisers knew it should have never come that close after how the first 34 overs of the game had panned out, with Warner's 81 leading the way.

During the course of his innings, Warner went past AB de Villiers' tournament tally first, overtook Ajinkya Rahane as the leading run-scorer, and then became the first batsman this IPL season to cross 500 runs. He also crossed the 1000-run mark for Sunrisers, the second batsman after Shikhar Dhawan to do so.

Warner's energy rubbed on to the rest of his team-mates. Left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma, playing only his third game this season, struck twice in three balls to remove the Kings XI Punjab openers, before Moises Henriques' 3 for 16 tightened the screws in the middle overs and left Miller, who walked in at No. 5, with too many to get. By the time Miller started teeing off in the 14th over, the required rate was already close to 15 an over.

Sunrisers' innings had suffered from similar dips but they never lasted more than a couple of overs. Warner and Dhawan blazed away to add 56 in the Powerplay, but as the spinners found some help, Warner let Henriques push on for the next six overs, while scoring 14 runs himself off 15 balls in that period.

He stepped on the accelerator in the 13th over, smashing Axar Patel for a couple of sixes, the first one of which brought up his fifty. Fifty-eight runs came off five overs but just when Sunrisers looked set for 200, Warner mistimed a punch to midwicket. However, the following batsmen ensured the scored reached a challenging 185.

Kings XI made a sprightly start, with M Vijay hitting a six and two fours off Trent Boult's first over, but the innings went pear-shaped with the introduction of spin. Bipul removed both the openers, Boult edged out Glenn Maxwell with a rising delivery and Kings XI could only score 21 runs in the five overs after eighth.

  • Vijay's six in the third dimension

    Plays of the day from the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad

  • Nervy Sunrisers survive Miller blitz

    David Warner continued to carry his team forward in the tournament on the back of his own personal form, his sixth half-century this season laying the foundation of Sunrisers Hyderabad's fifth win in six matches that helped them catch up with Rajasthan Ro

  • A day for the Davids

    There was something special from David Warner and David Miller, but it was Warner's side that came out victorious. Here are five talking points from Sunrisers Hyderabad's win

Bad Start

15

Runs conceded by Trent Boult in his first over, the most expensive for him this IPL.

Stand and deliver

70

Percentage of David Warner's runs this IPL scored through boundaries (356 off 504). He has hit 59 fours and 20 sixes.

chart topper

504

Runs scored by David Warner this IPL, more than any other batsman. He went past Ajinkya Rahane (461) today.

Ahead by a country mile

6

Number of 50+ scores for Warner this IPL, 2 more than any other batsman. Rahane and Simmons are next with 4 each.

Solid Start

5

Number of 50+ openings stands for Sunrisers this IPL, more than any other team.