David Warner played a captain’s innings which was backed up by his bowlers as the Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 16 runs in their rain-affected Indian Premier League encounter at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The Knight Riders won the toss and put the Sunrisers in to bat. Their opening pair of David Warner (91) and Shikhar Dhawan recorded a stand of 130 runs before the skipper was caught off guard by a Morne Morkel delivery and got a top edge that found the keeper.
Ravi Bopara (2) was the new man at the crease however he only lasted four balls before he was Morkel’s (2/31) second victim on the night as the men in orange found themselves on 143/2. Neman Ojha (18) and Dhawan (54) made valiant contributions to the Hyderabad outfit’s total however both men departed within four balls of each other as they ended their allotted 20 overs with a score of 176/4. The KKR innings was delayed due to rain and when play resumed their revised target was 118 runs which they needed to make in 12 overs.
This also meant that the fielding restrictions were reduced to four overs and only two bowlers could bowl a maximum of three overs. The team from Kolkata’s openers got them off to a decent start getting them to 24/0 before Gautam Gambhir (4) chopped one on from Praveen Kumar (1/18). The remaining opener Robin Uthappa with the new batsman Manish Pandey added a further 16 runs to their total before they lost their second wicket – that of Uthappa for 34 with the Knight Riders requiring a further 69 runs to win from 38 balls.
Pandey was joined by Andre Russell and together they got their side to within 38 runs off the target before the West Indian power hitter perished off a Bopara over to leave his side on 80/3. At this point defending champions were under the pump as the required rate rose to 25 runs per over and the Sunrisers bowled with control to prevent their opponents from getting anywhere close to their target. Their problems got even worse as they lost their fourth wicket of Yusuf Pathan, who only managed six runs before he departed with them ending their innings on 101/4.
The Sunrisers were rewarded for a good batting and bowling performance as they recorded a 16 run victory on the Duckworth/Lewis method.