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Top order brilliance takes Sunrisers Hyderabad close to top two

David Warner scored 27-ball 51 for Hyderabad
David Warner scored 27-ball 51 for Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad 207-3 (Dhawan 77) beat
Kings XI Punjab 181-9 (Marsh 84) by 26 runs
33rd game, Indian Premier League, Chandigarh

David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson all slammed half-centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to win the 33rd game of the Indian Premier League by 26 runs against Kings XI Punjab in a high scoring encounter in Mohali.

Kings XI Punjab won the toss and decided to field first. Hyderabad raced to a blistering start of 60 for naught in the powerplay with Warner (51) and Dhawan (77) scoring six boundaries and three sixes between them. During that phase, Warner had a reprieve when he was dropped by Wridhhiman Saha behind the stumps.

The onslaught continued as the 100-run stand came in the 10th over during which both batsmen completed their respective fifties as well. In the same over, Glenn Maxwell (2-29) went on to castle his Australian team-mate Warner, putting an end to the 107-run opening stand.

Dhawan's 48-ball masterful knock was ended by Mohit Sharma (1-34), who had him caught brilliantly by Maxwell at deep midwicket.

Despite, the fall of Yuvraj Singh (15), Williamson (54 not out) plundered two boundaries and a six in the 19th over and completed his second fifty this season in the penultimate delivery of the innings as Hyderabad went on to post 207 for three in their 20 overs.

Playing his first game this season, Martin Guptill (23) started the innings positively with four boundaries and a six in the first two overs but was caught in the covers to give Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-27) his first wicket.

Even though Shaun Marsh (84) looked at his aggressive best slamming five boundaries and a six in the powerplay, Punjab lost Manan Vohra (3) and Maxwell (0) at the other end. They were 59 for three after six overs.

With only Eoin Morgan (26) providing partial support, Marsh waged a lone fight hitting three consecutive boundaries to get to his half century but the required run rate and regular fall of wickets took a toll on him as Punjab needed 62 runs from the final four overs when he was dismissed.

Axar Patel (16) played a nine-ball cameo but it was never going to be enough as Punjab succumbed to a 26-run loss, their fifth this season while Hyderabad have narrowed down the gap with the top two teams. Rashid Khan (1-16) was awarded the player of the match for his economical spell.

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