Warner stands tall for Sunrisers Hyderabad
At the time of filing the report, Hyderabad were 76/0 (8/20 overs, Warner 50* and Dhawan 18*) with requiring another 60 runs with 10 wickets and 12.0 overs remaining.
Earlier, skipper Suresh Raina hit a stroke-filled 75 but Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers showed a lot of discipline to restrict Gujarat Lions to a modest 135 for eight.
Courtesy Raina’s 51-ball knock that comprised nine fours, Lions’ score got some sort of respectability as the other batsmen failed to get going on a two-paced wicket where stroke-making proved to difficult.
The second best score after Raina was Brendon McCullum’s 18, which pretty much tells the sorry state of Lions’ batting on the night.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/29) returned with best figures as he got three wickets in the final over of the Gujarat innings.
Bangladesh’s seam bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahaman once again bowled a miserly spell giving away only 19 runs in 4 overs, while getting the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja (14) wicket with a well disguised off-cutter. The last five overs of the innings produced a mere 31 runs with the loss of four wickets. While Bhuvneshwar should be lauded for his three-wicket burst in the final over, the pressure increased because Sunrisers skipper David Warner carefully kept three overs of the Bangladeshi pacer at the death as he bowled the 15th, 17th and 19th over without letting Gujarat off the hook.