IPL 2014 Match 46: Dhawan and Warner flatten Bangalore

Warner received the Man of the Match award for his entertaining knock of 59

Warner received the Man of the Match award for his entertaining knock of 59

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Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner both smashed spectacular half-centuries to flatten the Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets.

With this win, Hyderabad kept themselves in contention for making the playoffs.

Bangalore captain Virat Kohli would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Parthiv Patel was given out lbw off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for four runs.

Chris Gayle only made 14 runs before he was caught by Parvez Rasool at short third man off the bowling of Karn Sharma.

Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stabilised the innings with a 57-run partnership before Singh was caught by Dale Steyn at long-on off the bowling of Rasool for 21.

Kohli and AB de Villiers kept the runs flowing with a 61-run partnership, during which Kohli brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Steyn at long-off off the bowling of Irfan Pathan.

Kohli’s brilliant knock of 67 came off 41 balls and included four boundaries and four sixes.

Kohli made a gutsy 67

Kohli made a gutsy 67

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De Villiers ended up scoring 29 before he was clean bowled by Kumar.

Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc mustered six runs before he was run out by Naman Ojha.

Thanks to Kohli, Bangalore finished on 160/6 off their 20 overs.

Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Rasool, Sharma and Pathan chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 161 to win, Hyderabad got off to a superb start as Dhawan and Warner amassed a 100-run partnership, during which Dhawan registered his half-century, before he was run out by Singh for 50 off 39 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.

Dhawan struck seven boundaries during his wonderful innings of 50

Dhawan struck seven boundaries during his wonderful innings of 50

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Warner went on to score 59 off 46 deliveries, which included three boundaries and four sixes, before he was caught by Singh at cover off the bowling of Varun Aaron.

Ojha made a quickfire 24 before he was also caught by Singh off the bowling of Aaron.

Australia batsman Aaron Finch and Hyderabad captain Darren Sammy mopped up the rest of the runs to give their side a comfortable seven-wicket win.

Aaron was the only bowler to take any wickets.

Kohli was disappointed with the loss, and said: “I was looking to step up for the team.┬áNo contribution is good enough if you don’t win the game.”

Sammy was pleased with his team’s performance, and said: “We needed a win, last game in front of these beautiful fans. Those last two overs from Bhuvi and Dale kept us in the game. Credit to our openers. We’ll go to Ranchi, try for a clinical performance, hope other results go our way.”

Warner was named Man of the Match, and said: “Different batting at the top. Wanted to bat till the end. Unfortunate run out for Shikhar, we’ll have to work on that. Credit to the curators. They’ve produced fantastic wickets for us. We just wanted to back our instinct. Credit to Shikhar. Nice to see him dig in and get a good total after the first six.”


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