NEW DELHI: Captain David Warner smashed a scintillating century to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to comfortable 48-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday. Warner hammered 10 boundaries and 8 sixes in his 59-ball 126-run innings to guide SRH to an imposing 209 for 3. With this knock, the Australian also became the highest run-scorer of the tournament so far with a tally of 459 runs. Chasing the mammoth target, KKR could only muster 161 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs. Warner got a life as Chris Woakes dropped an easy catch at long-off off chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the fifth ball of the 10th over. The catch went over the boundary line for a six and the following ball gave Warner another six to take him to 98. IPL 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders: As It Happened
The next over saw Warner reach triple figures with a flick towards midwicket off a Umesh Yadav delivery as he registered his century in just 43 deliveries. All this while, Dhawan played a perfect foil to Warner, scoring a run-a-ball 29 before being run out, with the hosts at 139/1 in 12.4 overs. Warner followed him to the dug-out soon, as he mistimed a slow delivery from pacer Coulter-Nile to Gambhir at short cover, with Hyderabad at 171/2 in 16.2 overs. Kane Williamson (40 off 25) later ensured that Hyderabad crossed the 200-run mark with smart strokeplay. Chasing the mammoth target, KKR were off to a poor start. Opening batsmen Narine (1) and Gambhir (11) mistimed deliveries from Mohammed Siraj and Siddharth Kaul, as Kolkata were reduced to 12 for 2 in 2.3 overs. They reached 52 for 2 in seven overs when rain halted the match for around 45 minutes. After the rain-enforced break, Robbin Uthappa and Manish Pandey (39 off 29) provided resistance, putting up a third-wicket 82-run stand in 8.3 overs. They took the attack to the opposition with some lusty blows. But seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar cut short Pandey’s stay when the batsman gave a return catch to the bowler, with Kolkata at 90/3 in 11 overs. Uthappa, meanwhile completed his fifty. But he soon was removed by Siraj, with Warner taking a catch at long-off to halt Kolkata’s progress. Yusuf Pathan hardly impressed as he scored a run-a-ball 12 before being caught by Kaul off leg-spinner Rashid Khan, with the visitors at 130/5 in 16 overs. With 80 runs required from four overs, Colin de Grandhomme and Sheldon Jackson (16) tried their best but couldn’t trouble Hyderabad, who won by 48 runs.