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by Sandeep Shivam Sunday 30 April 2017
Sunrisers Hyderabad 209-3 (Warner 126) beatKolkata Knight Riders 161-7 (Uthappa 53) by 48 runs37th match, Indian Premier League, HyderabadScorecard
David Warner slammed a fluent 126-run knock as Sunrisers Hyderabad successfully defended 210 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders to seal a 48-run victory in the 37th match of Indian Premier League.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and decided to field first. Warner looked at his aggressive best as he slammed four boundaries and three sixes in the first four overs to bring the 50-run opening stand.
With a six in the fifth over off Sunil Narine (0-37), Warner completed a 25-ball fifty and after Robin Uthappa missed a stumping to hand Shikhar Dhawan (29) a reprieve, Hyderabad ended the powerplay at 79 for naught - their highest in the history of the tournament.
The onslaught from the Hyderabad captain continued as Warner hit a four and two sixes in the 10th over bowled by Kuldeep Yadav (0-43) to move to 98 and at halfway mark the hosts reached 123 for naught.
Kolkata made a brief comeback by conceding just 17 runs in the next three overs while picking the wicket of Dhawan but Warner looked even more threatening when he scored hat-trick of boundaries in the 16th over from Narine.
Warner's 59-ball blistering knock ended when he holed out at cover to give Chris Woakes (1-46) a wicket but Kane Williamson (40) struck four more boundaries to ensure Hyderabad ended their innings at 209 for three - which is the highest for any team against Kolkata Knight Riders.
In the chase, Kolkata lost Sunil Narine (1) and Gautam Gambhir (11) to Mohammad Siraj (2-26) and Siddharth Kaul (2-26) respectively.
Robin Uthappa (53) and Manish Pandey (39) scored two boundaries each to take Kolkata to 44 for two at the end of the powerplay. Just when the score was 52 for two at the end of seven overs, rain delayed the proceedings for 46 minutes.
The game was scheduled to resume at 11:15pm local time with no reduction in overs, Uthappa did well to reach a 25-ball fifty on resumption but regular fall of wickets dented Kolkata's hopes of coming close to the target as they succumbed to a 48-run defeat.
Warner was awarded the player of the match as both the teams retained their position in the table.
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