David Warner smashed 43 balls century , Sun Risers win 48run win over table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL encounter.
Warner’s 59-ball 126-run innings, studded with 10 fours and 8 sixes to power defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to an imposing 209-3 after captain Gautam Gambhir decided to bowl.
Chasing the target, KKR were reduced to 12-2 in 2.3 overs with both their openers Gambhir (11) and Sunil Narine (1) back to the pavillion.
Robin Uthappa (53) and Manish Pandey (39) then shared a 78-run partnership off 51 balls for the 3rd wicket to keep KKR in the hunt.
After their dismissal, Yusuf Pathan (12), Sheldon Jackson (16) and Colin de Grandhomme (18 not out) tried their hands but it was not enough in the end as KKR were restricted to 161-7 in stipulated 20 overs.
For Sunrisers, Mohammed Siraj (2/26), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/29) and Siddharth Kaul (2/26) took two wickets each, while Rashid Khan (1/38) also contributed with one wicket.
There was also a rain—interruption of 42 minutes when KKR were 52-2 in 7 overs with Uthappa and Pandey at the crease but it didn’t affect the match as no overs were lost.
This was Sunrisers’ sixth win in 10 matches. They now have 13 points and are placed at the third spot in the table.
For two-time champions and table-toppers KKR, it is only their third loss in 10 matches.
With this win, Sunrisers also avenged their 17-run loss to KKR in their previous outing.
Earlier, Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (29), who had forged a 107-run opening partnership in their last match against KXIP, produced yet another scintillating 139—run opening stand in 76 balls to set up the foundation for a huge total.
Once they were back into the hut, Kane Williamson (40) blasted five fours in his 25-ball innings and alongwith Yuvraj Singh (6 not out) took Sunrisers across the 200 mark.
This was the highest total in this season and also the third time that Sunrisers have scored a 200-plus total. They had scored 207-3 against Kings XI Punjab in their last match, besides scoring 207-4 against RCB early in the season.