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Mustafizur, Warner star in dominant win for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Mustafizur, Warner star in dominant win for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Mustafizur Rahman (left) conceded just nine runs in four overs and picked two wickets as well.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 146-5 (Warner 59) beat
Kings XI Punjab 143-6 (Marsh 40) by five wickets
18th Match, Indian Premier League, Hyderabad

Mustafizur Rahman bowled a brilliant spell while David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan laid the perfect platform in a chase of 144 runs as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in 17.5 overs in the 18th match of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad.

In his spell, Rahman conceded just nine runs in his four overs and picked two wickets as Kings XI Punjab managed only 143 for six in 20 overs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad opted to field after winning the toss. Manan Vohra (25) began on a positive note with a four and a six in the first two overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-37) had Murali Vijay (2) caught behind in the third over. Vohra attempted a quick single in the sixth over but was run out, leaving Kings XI Punjab at 35 for two after the powerplay.

Shaun Marsh (40) scored two fours and a six in the next two overs but a double strike by Moises Henriques (2-33) gave Sunrisers Hyderabad the upper hand.

David Miller (9) was caught behind while Glenn Maxwell (1) holed out to fine leg as Kings XI Punjab were restricted to 65 for four at the halfway mark.

Rahman (2-9) trapped Marsh lbw in the 14th over but Axar Patel (36 not out) smashed a six in the 15th over, bringing up the team hundred with five overs to go.

Patel continued to play a crucial cameo, hitting a six in the 17th over and following it up with another six and a boundary in the 19th.

However, Rahman completed a brilliant spell giving away six runs in the final over restricting Kings XI Punjab to 143 for six.

Shikhar (45) got Sunrisers Hyderabad underway with two boundaries in the first couple of overs.

Warner (59) took Sandeep Sharma (1-30) apart for 18 runs in the third over and followed it up with four boundaries and a six over the next three overs as Sunrisers Hyderabad raced away to 65 for naught in the powerplay phase.

Warner raced away to his 27th fifty in the Indian Premier League, getting there in just 23 balls. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost Warner and Aditya Tare (0) the 10th over.

Warner was caught at long on off Sharma, while Tare was run out after attempting a non-existent single. With 10 overs left, Sunrisers Hyderabad needed 54 more runs with eight wickets in hand.

Two tight overs increased the pressure but Shikhar and Eoin Morgan (25) scored 11 runs from the 13th over.

Five runs short of his fifty, Shikhar top-edged a short ball from Rishi Dhawan (1-35) with the wicket-keeper claiming the skier.

Morgan hit a six and a four before Vohra took a lovely catch at midwicket to dismiss him in the 17th over.

With five runs needed from 19 balls, Deepak Hooda (5) was run out but Sunrisers Hyderabad eventually cruised to a five-wicket win in 17.5 overs and ascended to the third spot in the points table.

Rahman was the man of the match for his lovely spell. With their fourth defeat in five matches, Kings XI Punjab are still placed in the eighth position.

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