IPL 2019 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders: David Warner has become a strong synonym of ‘consistency’ every time he has turned out to bat for the ‘Orange Army’. Since joining the popular franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad – Warner has taken his batting record in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on to an altogether different level. The Aussie pocket dynamo has single-handedly carried the major burden of his team’s batting lineup. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Michael Vaughan Feels Jonny Bairstow's Days Are Numbered in England Team, Says Can't See Him Batting This Summer
On Sunday, during the match 38 between Sunrisers and Kolkata Knight Riders, the 32-year old achieved another batting landmark. Warner becomes the only second player to score 500 plus runs in a single IPL season for the fifth time after India’s talismanic Virat Kohli. Along with Jonny Bairstow, Warner also became the most successful opening pair in a season. Also Read - India Head Coach Ravi Shastri on Life in Bio-bubble: Building Bonds, Talking Cricket, Understanding Each Other
Warner in each season for SRH:
Talking about the match, Hyderabad registered their second biggest win in terms of both – wickets and balls remaining. While, Kolkata suffered their fifth loss on the trot. Chasing 160 to win, Warner and Bairstow simply put Kolkata under the pump from ball one. The visitors’ fielders also made the matters worse for the Knight Riders. The duo smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Both got to their half tons and their 131-run stand more or less sealed the deal.
Most runs by an opening pair in a season (IPL):
733 Warner – Bairstow (2019)
731 Warner – Dhawan (2016)
655 Warner – Dhawan (2017)
646 Warner – Dhawan (2015)
Earlier, Young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed grabbed three wickets in an impressive spell to help Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict Kolkata Knight Riders 159 for 8. The 21-year-old speedster removed Sunil Narine (25 off 7 balls), who was looking dangerous in his first spell and then came back to dismiss Shubman Gill (3) and Chris Lynn (51) in his corresponding spells to keep KKR in check.
Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with the figures of 2/35 while leg-spinner Rashid Khan (1/23) and seamer Sandeep Sharma (1/37) took a wicket apiece with the Sunrisers’ bowlers making life difficult for the KKR batsmen.
For KKR, Lynn was the top-scored with a dogged 47-ball 51. Rinku Singh was the other notable contributor with a 25-ball 30.
Put in to bat, Lynn and Sunil Narine took the opposition to the cleaners. Both openers hitting boundaries of their first balls. The duo quickly stitched a 42-run partnership before Ahmed dismissed Narine in the third over.
Narine’s blistering innings of 24 runs off eight balls was laced with three boundaries and two maximums.