Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner decimate Gujarat Lions
Sunrisers Hyderabad 137-0 (Warner 74no) beat
Gujarat Lions 135-8 (Raina 75) by 10 wickets
15th Match, Indian Premier League, Rajkot
Attacking unbeaten fifties from David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan helped Sunrisers Hyderabad chase down a target of 136 runs in just 14.5 overs, inflicting a massive 10-wicket defeat on Gujarat Lions in the 15th match of the Indian Premier League in Rajkot.
Earlier in the day, Suresh Raina’s 51-ball knock of 75 runs was the only saving grace of Gujarat Lions as Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four wickets to restrict the opposition to 135 for eight in 20 overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to field first. Off the fourth ball of the day, Kumar (4-29) castled Aaron Finch (0) but Raina (75) struck a boundary to surpass 6,000 runs in T20 matches.
The Gujarat Lions captain joined hands with Brendon McCullum (18) to score at a brisk pace, taking his team to 50 for one at the end of the powerplay. In this period, Raina had already hit five boundaries.
The eighth over saw McCullum hole out to deep midwicket off Bipul Sharma (1-10) while Dinesh Karthik (8) picked out the deep square leg fielder in the 10th over, leaving the Gujarat Lions at 74 for three at the halfway mark.
In the next four overs, Sunrisers Hyderabad did not concede a single boundary and the pressure resulted in the wicket of Dwayne Bravo (8), who fell in the 14th over.
Raina, who had completed his 34-ball fifty prior to Bravo’s dismissal continued to battle from one end as the runs dried up towards the death overs.
Ravindra Jadeja (14) was bowled by Mustafizur Rahman (1-19) in the 17th over while Kumar struck thrice in the final over to remove Raina, Akshdeep Nath (5) and Dale Steyn (1) to restrict Gujarat Lions to 135 for eight in 20 overs.
Apart from McCullum, Raina and Jadeja, none of the other batsmen were able to cross the double figure mark.
Warner (74 not out) began the chase aggressively with two boundaries in the first over and followed it up with three more in the fourth over.
Dhawan (53 not out) looked to settle himself at the other end while Warner took Raina (0-16) apart for two more boundaries in the sixth over, pushing his team to 63 for naught after the powerplay.
Pravin Tambe (0-17) and Raina bowled two tight overs while Warner notched a 29-ball fifty. Dhawan and Warner kept the scoreboard ticking as they brought the 100-run opening stand in 11 overs.
It was not long before Dhawan completed his fifty, taking 40 balls to get to the landmark. Warner deftly played a late cut to score a boundary and completed the chase in just 14.5 overs.
This 10-wicket win pushed Sunrisers Hyderabad to fourth spot while Gujarat Lions managed to hold onto their second place, but their net run rate fell to -0.036.
The four-wicket haul fetched Kumar the man-of-the-match award.
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