Hyderabad, April 29: Flamboyant Australia batsman David Warner ended his season on a dominating note before bowlers joined the party to help Sunrisers Hyderabad register a comprehensive 45-run win against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 encounter in Hyderabad on Monday (April 29).
With this win Sunrisers have got the much-needed 2 points and consolidated their spot at number four in the points table and remain in the reckoning for the playoffs stage. While Kings XI Punjab will now face an uphill task of winning their remaining two games and hope for favourable results from other teams.
For Hyderabad, KXIP encounter was the last game where they had the services of their consistent performer Warner and the left-handed batsman played yet another memorable knock in front of a packed home crowd.
In-form Warner continued his good form and propelled his team to a big total of 212/6 with his knock of 56-ball 81. Before he left home for Australia's World Cup preparations alongside Steven Smith and Marcus Stoinis, Warner finished the season with 692 runs under his belt from 12 innings. He smashed 8 fifties and a century.
KL Rahul put up a lone battle of 79 off 56 deliveries but the Karnataka batsman never got the help from the other end. In-form Rahul perhaps took some extra balls as well and didn't accelarate his innings early on as it is required in a big run chase and that put an extra pressure on the middle-order. Mayank Agarwal (27) and Nicholas Pooran (21) played some cameos but lost their wickets a crucial stage.
SRH got valuable contributions from other batsmen in Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey and Mohammed Nabi as they posted a total in excess of 200.
Chasing a huge target, Kings XI Punjab were off to a disastrous start when they lost Universe Boss Chris Gayle cheaply.
Khaleel Ahmed (3/40) and Rashid Khan (3/21) did well with the ball and rattled the Kings' batting line-up.
Here's how the match between SRH and KXIP panned out:
David Warner, Man of the Match: It is great to get out there and do your job properly. We have the luxury of a great deck and the groundstaff have worked tirelessly to prepare a good wicket for us. It comes back to basics, backing your gameplan and instincts. I did that and put the team in a good position. It is going back to being still while batting. I get a chance to move around a bit, but once there a couple of dots, I get rush of blood. I have had time off to work harder at my game. Put the bat down for 16-18 weeks and just worked hard on being the best father and husband, that has worked for me. I try and always do that around the team, be the funny man and prankster and try my best to give what is good for the team. First six is always crucial with bat and ball and pretty simple, play your natural game. This World Cup you will see some high scores, playing in England, they are a fantastic team. We are the reigning champions and for us it is going out there backing our abilities and being our best selves. I am looking forward to it and this was a stepping stone to that.
Kane Williamson, winning captain: Throughout the season you are looking for those two points. It was crunch time and big game for us and it was what we can call as a complete performance. They (Warner and Bairstow) have been world class throughout the whole campaign, have put us in really strong positions. It is important, there is a lot of work to do and it should be a collective effort to fill in someone's boots directly. You are always looking for more and that is what you are trying to do in every game you play. Two games left and they are equally important, we have a day off and then we look forward to Mumbai. It was a really good performance from us all round, we lost to them last time, so we knew it's going to be a tough match. The most pleasing part has been our fielding performance. We pride ourselves on that and it will be important going into the final part of the tournament. There are some guys on the sidelines raring to go. There will no doubt be some changes, they will be excited to get on the park and perform. We still have two games left before we consider those options. It is one game at a time and like you said there is depth in the squad - a strength of ours and we will be calling upon that. It is really exciting and a lot of hard work to go before any talk of finals.
R Ashwin, losing captain: It's not right to think about the past. It is important to stay in the present and try and move forward. It is not sort of deja vu or anything, one of the days we were outplayed in every department. It has not happened in the tournament before, but we were outplayed in bowling, batting and fielding. I thought 195-200 was about par. We started poorly in the powerplay and then pulled it back nicely in the middle and backend of the game. If you see throughout, we have struggled to chase down totals in excess of 190. We have been around 175-180 and that is some sort of balance issue for us. It is pretty straightforward, you have to keep winning at this stage of the IPL. It is quite hard if you are not able to gather those points. We have to keep our chin up and move forward. There is a lot of young energy inside the team. Everybody is looking forward to go out there and play. We got PrabhSimran to play, he has got some really ability and steam. A win helps to galvanise the team but having said that, we will not go away that easily in the tournament, we will keep sticking our necks out in rest of the games.
Teammates are congratulating David Warner for his consistent performance in the tournament. He finishes the season with 692 runs under his belt and 8 fifties and a century from 12 innings.
It's all over!! Sunrisers Hyderabad outclass Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs. They remain in play-offs race. Convincing win for SRH in this game. David Warner, Manish Pandey batted well. Khaleel Ahmed and Rashid Khan shine with the ball. 12 points for SRH.
Wicket! Mujeeb Ur Rahman (0) is clean bowled by Sandeep Sharma. Knuckleball from the pacer gives him his second wicket in the over. KXIP - 165/8 in 19.4 overs.
Wicket! Prabhsimaran (16) has been trapped in front by Sandeep Sharma in his IPL debut innings. The batsman went upstairs, but it turned out to be umpire's call. #KXIP - 165/7 in 19.1 overs.
8 runs and KL Rahul's wicket came from that over bowled by Khaleel. KXIP - 165/6 in 19 overs, 48 needed from 6 balls.
Wicket! KL Rahul (79) mistimes Khaleel's slower one and captain Kane safely pouches the skier. Third wicket for Khaleel as he removes all three big hitters. This could be the final nail in KXIP's coffin. KXIP 0 160/6 in 18.2 overs.
SIX!! First six in IPL for Prabhsimran. 12 runs came from that over bowled by Bhuvneshwar. KXIP 0 157/5 in 18 overs. 56 needed from 12 balls.
SIX!! KL Rahul plays a single-handed shot and gets a maximum on the low full toss from Sandeep. Left hand's play from Rahul. He has hit 50 sixes for KXIP in IPL.
50 #VIVOIPL sixes in KXIP colours for Sadda gabru munda! He believes, we will keep believing!— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 29, 2019
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Four! KL Rahul goes on the backfoot and clears Bhuvneshwar over extra-cover for a boundary. He made that shot look ridiculously easy. KXIP - 135/5 after 16 overs.
SIX!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar is brought into the attack in the 16th over and KL Rahul smashes him over long-on for a maximum. Brilliant shot from the opener as he's fighting a lone battle.
1,0,1,0,1,0! Just three runs leaked by Rashid from his final over of the match. He finishes with 4-0-21-3. KXIP - 123/5 in 15 overs.
6,6,1,0,0,0! Just 13 came from that over bowled by Nabi despite getting hit for back-to-back sixes. KXIP - 120/5 in 14 overs.
SIX, SIX!! KL Rahul hits Nabi for back-to-back biggies and completes his 5th half-century of the season and 15th overall. He took 39 deliveries to get to his fifty. This has been another fine season with the bat for the classical batsman.
Wicket! R Ashwin departs for a golden duck and Rashid Khan will be on a hat-trick delivery in the next over. #KXIP - 107/5 in 13 overs.
Wicket! David Miller (11) sweeps Rashid Khan and the ball lands directly in the hands of Vijay Shankar. KXIP - 107/4 in 12.5 overs. Wickets are falling at regular intervals now.
100 up for KXIP with a single from Rahul's bat. The visitors reach 101/3 in 12 overs. 112 more runs needed from the next 48 deliveries.
Wicket! Short-pitched bouncer from Khaleel and Pooran (21) looked to get a boundary towards fine leg but Bhuvneshwar was alert this time. He covered the distance and took a good catch diving forward. The batsman wasn't lucky this time. KXIP - 95/3, 10.5 overs.
Four! Pooran flicks Khaleel for another boundary. Change of pace brilliantly read by the batsman and gave it the treatment.
SIX, Four!! Nicholas Pooran flicks Khaleel towards the fine-leg boundary. Bhuvneshwar took the catch but stepped outside the boundary. The batsman hits him for a four on the next delivery.
SIX!! Nicholas Pooran hits Nabi over long-on for a maximum. The southpaw gets off the mark in style. KXIP - 81/2 after 10 overs. They now need 132 runs from 60 deliveries.
SIX & Wicket! Mayank Agarwal (27) hammers Rashid for a maximum and holes him on the very next delivery - which was a googly - for a big shot but didn't get the elevation. Shankar takes a simple catch at mid-wicket. Good comeback from the bowler. Mayank becomes the Afghan's 50th IPL victim. KXIP - 71/2 in 8.4 overs.
8 runs conceded by Sandeep from his second over. 52-run partnership between Rahul and Agarwal. KXIP - 63/1 after 8 overs. They need 150 more from 72 deliveries.
11 came from that over bowled by Abhishek Sharma. Mayank got a boundary on the penultimate delivery of his that over. KXIP - 55/1 after 7 overs.
4 runs came from the final over of the powerplay. KXIP - 44/1 after 6 overs. They need 169 runs in 84 balls.
KXIP - 40/1 after 5 overs. Rashid bowls the final over of the powerplay for SRH They need wickets.
Four! Sweep shot from KL Rahul off Sandeep Sharma towards the fine-leg boundary. The ball landed just a few centimetres before the rope. Earlier, Mayank too got a boundary on the knuckle ball bowled by Sandeep. KXIP - 34/1 after 4 overs.
W,6,1,1,1,1! 10 runs and the big wicket of Universe Boss came from that Khaleel over. KXIP - 21/1 after 3 overs.
SIX!! KL Rahul hits Khaleel over the square-leg boundary for a maximum. He's unfazed with the fall of Gayle's wicket. The bowler kept tracking the trajectory of the ball.
Wicket! Gayle (4) skies Khaleel and Manish Pandey catches him with a fumble. KXIP - 11/1, 2.1 overs.
4,0,0,0,0,0! Good comeback by Bhuvi after getting hit for a boundary on the first delivery. #KXIP - 11/0 after 2 overs.
Four! KL Rahul welcomes Bhuvneshwar Kumar with a boundary.
Wd, 0, 0, 0, Wd, 1, 4, 0! 7 runs came from the opening over bowled by Khaleel.
Four! Chris Gayle opens his account with a boundary off Khaleel.
2nd innings! KL Rahul and Chris Gayle are out in the middle to begin big run chase. Khaleel starts with the new ball for Sunrisers.
Warner's wife hails his IPL 2019 season.
Outstanding finish to your ipl season @davidwarner31. The girls and I are forever proud of you. Your work ethic and your never give up attitude is inspirational. We love you. 🧡🧡 @sunrisershyd #ipl #orangearmy pic.twitter.com/qnxkGXBwgk— Candice Warner (@CandyFalzon) April 29, 2019
Mohammed Nabi: It is easy for me to hit Mujeeb as I have played him for the national team. I pick him off the hands. I know better whether it is a straighter one or a googly. It is a good total on the board. This pitch is very good for batting. I prepare all the time to be in the playing eleven. There is no dew here so I am very happy.
End of the innings! Sunrisers Hyderabad post 212/6 against Kings XI Punjab after being invited to bat first. David Warner top-scores 81 off 56 balls and Manish Pandey (36), Wriddhiman Saha (28), Mohammed Nabi (20) play vital hands. Kings leaked 20 extras as well.
Four! Welcome boundary! Abhishek Sharma gets a boundary towards long-off
Wicket! Yorker from Arshdeep, right in the slot and dismantles the timber. Rashid Khan departs for 1. #SRH - 202/6 in 19.1 overs.
7 runs and the wickets of Kane Williamson & Mohammed Nabi came from that over bowled by Shami. SRH - 202/5 after 19 overs.
200 comes up for SRH in 18.5 overs. They still have 7 deliveries left.
Bowled! Mohammed Shami cleans up Mohammed Nabi (20) with a perfect yorker. The batsman misses it completely and the pacer dismantles the timber. SRH - 198/5 in 18.4 overs.
Wicket! M Ashwin takes a brilliant catch at short extra-cover and ends Kane Williamson's innings for 14. Shami gets a wicket. #SRH - 197/4 in 18.2 overs.
SIXXX!! Third maximum of the over. Nabi once again hits Mujeeb straight down the ground for a biggie. Mujeeb finishes his quota of 4 overs with 0/66. SRH reach 195/3 in 18 overs. 26 came from the last over of the spell bowled by the Afghan spinner.
SIX!! Nabi too joins the party as he dispatches Mujeeb into the sightscreens for a maximum. The bowler has already conceded 50-plus in this game.
4,6! Kane Williamson is switching gears now! He gets 10 on the first two deliveries bowled by Mujeeb.
1,1,1,1,1,1! 6 singles came from that over bowled by Shami. 10 came from the last two overs. SRH - 169/3 in 17 overs.
Wicket! Two big wickets in an over for Ashwin. David Warner (81) is caught at point by Mujeeb. A fine inning comes to an end. Two set batsmen are back in the dugout. Good comeback from Kings. SRH - 163/3 in 16 overs.
Amidst the overall game, I hugely enjoyed the Ashwin vs Warner contest— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 29, 2019
Wicket! Manish Pandey (36) gives a simple catch to Shami at fine leg and Ashwin breaks the partnership. SRH - 160/2 after 15.3 overs.
KXIP reach 159/1 after 15 overs. Warner - 80*, Pandey - 36*.
Four! Manish Pandey plays a scoop shot against Arshdeep.
Four! 150 up for SRH with a boundary down the leg side by Warner off Arshdeep in the 15th over.
2,1,2,4,2,1! 12 runs came from that over bowled by Mujeeb. #SRH - 146/1 in 14 overs. The projected score is 200-plus for them and they should look getting there.
Warner is the man possessed in IPL.
David Warner has been like a man possessed this IPL. Tonite’s his last outing and may be the most significant for his team if it leads to SRH win— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 29, 2019
SIX!! Manish Pandey smashes M Ashwin over his head and the ball lands directly in the sightscreens. This brings up the 50-run stand between these two. SRH - 134/1 after 13 overs.
There is something between Warner and IPL.
Fifty! David Warner gets a boundary and reaches his half-century. This is his 44th IPL fifty and 8th consecutive against Kings XI Punjab. This has been David Warner's IPL.
Dropped! Manish Pandey looked to clear mid-off on the first delivery bowled by Shami. Ashwin almost took that catch single-handedly but it didn't stick in his palm.
1,1,4,1,1,1! 9 runs came from M Ashwin's third over. SRH - 112/1 after 11 overs.
💯 up for SRH in the 10th over and they have only lost 1 wicket. SHR - 103/1 after 10. Warner - 47* Pandey - 13* are batting well.
6 runs conceded by R Ashwin. SRH - 97/1 after 9 overs. Warner and Pandey are looking to rotate the strike as the boundaries have dried up after the field has opened. They are batting cautiously
Four! Manish Pandey plays a brilliant inside-out shot over covers for a boundary. The shot oozed class from the moment it left the bat. SRH - 91/1 after 8 overs.
5 runs and the wicket of Saha came from the first over bowled by Murugan Ashwin. SRH - 83/1 after 7 overs.
Wicket! Wriddhiman Saha (28) gets a faint edge with his bat and Prabhsimran takes a fine catch with his gloves on. Murugan Ashwin draws first blood for KXIP. SRH - 78/1 after 6.2 overs.
End of the powerplay and SRH have reached 77/0 in 6 overs. This is the highest powerplay score of the season.
Highest PP scores for SRH in IPL: 79 v KKR Hyderabad 2017; 77 v KXIP Hyderabad 2019 (tonight); 76 v CSK Hyderabad 2015; 72 v KKR Hyderabad 2019; 69 v RR Hyderabad 2019.
Ashwin stopping short in his run up a couple of times. It seems he's trying to break Warner's concentration.
SIXX! Warner welcomes R Ashwin with a slog sweep and gets a maximum. Brilliantly timed.
4,6! Wriddhiman Saha is also looking in sublime touch as he gets 10 runs off Shami off consecutive delivery. SRH - 66/0 after 5 overs.
Four! Wriddhiman Saha ends Mujeeb's over with a boundary and that brings up Fifty for Sunrisers as they reach 53/0 after 4 overs.
3.2 Wide and four! Poor wicketkeeping from the debutant as he failed to pitch it in the right zone and paid the price. 3.2 - Four! Warner sweeps Mujeeb for a brilliant boundary. He's looking unstoppable tonight. 3.3 - Four! Warner hits Mujeeb over covers for another boundary.
Four (byes)! Prabhsimran fails to collect the ball behind the stumps and the ball goes towards the fence. 15 runs came from that over. SRH - 35/0 after 3 overs.
Four! Length delivery from Arshdeep and Saha hits him over the long-on boundary.
Wonderful timing from Wriddhiman Saha on the first delivery he faced and gets three runs.
SIX!! David Warner frees his arms and dispatches Mujeeb over long-off for a maximum. The Aussie is looking to end his season on a confident and positive note. SRH - 20/0 after 2.
Ashwin introduces Mujeeb Ur Rahman into the attack in the second over.
Four! Full toss going down the leg-stump and David Warner guides it towards the fine leg boundary. Poor delivery from the youngster and got the treatment. 10 runs came from the first over bowled by Arshdeep. SRH - 10/0 after 1st over.
It's not the best measure of a player's greatness, but David Warner is superb at punishing bowlers when they stray down the legside. Against quicks, he scores at 12.61rpo through that zone - either beating the man in the ring, or getting it fine, Warner excels. #IPL2019 #SRhvKXIP— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 29, 2019
Four! David Warner gets off the mark with a boundary towards fine leg region. The young pacer missed the line and the senior batsman opened his account with a boundary.
David Warner's last seven innings vs KXIP: 58(41), 81(52), 59(31), 52(41), 70(54)*, 51(27), 70(62)*
Arshdeep Singh will start with the new ball for KXIP. Debutant Prabhsimran will be performing wicketkeeper's duties for KXIP.
1st innings! David Warner will be opening the innings with Wriddhiman Saha for SRH. Warner has donned the SRH jersey for the last time in this season.
KXIP haven't attacked much with the bat in powerplay in this season.
However, it's given them security - they've played a false shot only 16.2% of the time, the second lowest of any side (Mumbai have done so 15.9% of the time).— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) April 29, 2019
Sunrisers Hyderabad Playing XI: David Warner, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Nabi, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma
KXIP Playing XI: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran(w), Simran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
SRH coach Tom Moody on David Warner's last game of the season.
.@davidwarner31's last game in #VIVOIPL 2019, @Sah75official's departure from the camp, our last fixture at home of the league phase and more...— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 29, 2019
Watch @TomMoodyCricket preview today's all-important #SRHvKXIP! #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/lFeZ8cmCpp
Kane Williamson: We would have bowled first as well. As Ash said, looks a good wicket that won't change much but can't do much now. He's been outstanding all season but as a batting unit collectively, we need to do well. As Ash said, it's business time of the season and we need to do well but also express ourselves. Three changes - Abhishek, Nabi and Sandeep come in.
R Ashwin: Looks like a good deck, doesn't look it will change much. We're gonna bowl first. We also have three changes - PrabhSimran Singh makes his debut and Mujeeb is also back. One more change that I can't quite remember. He (PrabhSimran) is a fine talent from U19s and we hope he can express himself.
Toss: KXIP captain R Ashwin wins toss, invites SRH captain Kane Williamson to bat first.