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IPL Match 19: Bhuvneshwar, Warner down Kolkata Knight Riders

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad returned to winning ways in Visakhapatnam, stunning the reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 16 runs in a rain-reduced contest.

With a bit of rain in the air, the Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and unsurprisingly opted to chase. The Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to an excellent start with David Warner smashing an incredible 91 runs from just 55 balls, and sharing an opening stand worth 130 with Shikhar Dhawan, who chipped in with a steadier 54.

Warner's exit though in the 15th over allowed KKR to pull things back quite a bit, and the Sunrisers would have been disappointed at having to settle for a score of 176-4, considering the start they got.

Rain intervened bang in the middle of the contest, reducing the run chase to an ask of 118 to win in just 12 overs. The equation fiercely favoured KKR, who didn't need to worry about wickets any more in this kind of a chase.

The Sunrisers did themselves no favours early on with KKR openers Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa given a reprieve each with the duo being dropped off relatively easy chances created by a steaming in Dale Steyn.

However, the quest for continuing to keep their foot on the accelerator didn't suit Kolkata's style of batting, and their top order started to give way. Gambhir was bowled by Praveen Kumar, who was actually guilty of being the man who dropped him earlier, for 4, while Uthappa made a breezy 34 from just 21 balls before he became Moises Henriques' sole victim, picking out Praveen inside the ring at short fine leg, with an attempted leg glance.

At the half-way stage, KKR were near the 50 run mark, and their batsmen failed to do much better in the second half of their run chase. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar bowled exceptionally well at the death with the former in particular producing yorkers at will to give the KKR batsmen nothing to swing their arms at.

In the end, the Sunrisers coasted to a 16 run victory, a massive margin in a shortened game.

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 176/4 (20 overs, 8.8rpo)

D Warner 91 (55) M Morkel 2-31 (4)

S Dhawan 54 (46) A Russell 1-6 (1)

Revised target 118 in 12 overs

Kolkata Knight Riders 101/4 (12 overs, 8.41rpo)

R Uthappa 34 (21) R Bopara 1-7 (1)

M Pandey 31* (24) M Henriques 1-9 (1)

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 16 runs (D-L method)