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IPL Match 34: Warner powers Sunrisers Hyderabad past Chennai Super Kings

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A blistering innings of 62 from just 28 balls by Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner enabled his side to secure a convincing 22 run win over the Indian Premier League leaders the Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal on Saturday night.

Batting first after having been sent in, the Sunrisers got off to a blistering start with Warner dominating an 86 run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (37), who played his role to perfection, rotating the strike and not keeping Warner away from the action for too long.

Warner was finally dismissed in the 9th over with MS Dhoni's tactical gamble of throwing the ball to Suresh Raina paying off. When Warner fell, he had contributed 62 out of the Sunrisers' 86 runs, having played just barely more than half of the deliveries thus far.

Moises Henriques was bumped up to no.3 and continued the forward momentum for his side, making a quickfire 19 from 9 balls as the Sunrisers eased past the 100 run mark inside 10 overs.

A spate of wickets in the middle overs including the run out of Dhawan to a bullet throw from the deep by Ravindra Jadeja saw the Sunrisers lose momentum briefly, but Eoin Morgan dropped anchor in the middle and made a handy 32 from 27 balls to ensure that the Sunrisers got somewhere near 200, finally finishing with 192-7.

Chennai got off to an interesting replay with Brendon McCullum spanking his international teammate Trent Boult for three straight boundaries, before being bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who produced a wicket maiden in the innings' second over.

Suresh Raina promptly came out and looked to ruin Bhuvi's figures by smacking him for 6, a feat repeated by Dwayne Smith later in the same over.

With Trent Boult also proving expensive, the ball was tossed to Moises Henriques, who produced the goods for the Sunrisers, removing both Smith (21) and Raina (23). The Aussie allrounder bowled in miserly fashion in the middle overs and finished with excellent figures of 2-20 from his 4 overs.

Faf du Plessis looked set to change the tide in favour of CSK, racing to 33 from 22 balls before he was run out when a Dhoni hit rebounded off his arm, onto the umpire, and back into the path of bowler Ashish Reddy, who did well to knock over the stumps from close range.

Reddy then dismissed Dhoni for 20, bowled off the very next delivery to bring the Sunrisers storming back into the contest.

Bhuvi once again bowled brilliantly at the death, helping the Sunrisers secure a comfortable win.

The victory takes the Sunrisers up to 5th place in the league standings with 8 points from as many games. They also have a game in hand over the fourth placed side (KKR), and will hope to make a strong finish to the group stage to sneak into the eliminator game.

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 192/7 (20 overs, 9.6rpo)

D Warner 62 (28) D Bravo 3-25 (4)

S Dhawan 37 (32) P Negi 1-20 (2)

Chennai Super Kings 170/6 (20 ovrs, 8.50rpo)

F du Plessis 33 (22) M Henriques 2-20 (4)

D Bravo 25* (19) B Kumar 2-32 (4)

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 22 runs