IPL 2014 Match 50: Warner and Dhawan keep Hyderabad’s playoff dreams alive

Warner hammered 12 boundaries during his knock of 90

Warner hammered 12 boundaries during his knock of 90

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opening duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan both smashed spectacular half-centuries to cruise past the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets, while also keeping their side in the hunt for the playoffs.

Chennai batsman David Hussey and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni both deserve a lot of credit as well as they both scored valiant half-centuries.

Hyderabad skipper Darren Sammy made the right choice to bowl first as Chennai opener Faf du Plessis was run out by Karn Sharma for 19.

Smith made a quickfire 47, which came off 28 balls and included four boundaries and four sixes, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Sharma.

Suresh Raina only made four runs before he was caught by Aaron Finch at long-off off the bowling of Sharma.

Dhoni and Hussey amassed an unbeaten 108-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, to lead Chennai to 185/3 off their 20 overs.

Dhoni made a valiant half-century

Dhoni made a valiant half-century

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Dhoni finished on 57 off 41 balls, which included two boundaries and four sixes, while Hussey remained undefeated on 50 off 33 deliveries, which included five boundaries and two sixes.

Hussey supported Dhoni with a gutsy half-century of his own

Hussey supported Dhoni with a gutsy half-century of his own

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Sharma was the only bowler to take wickets, while all the others came up short.

Chasing 186 to win, Hyderabad got off to a superb start as Dhawan and Warner put together a 116-run partnership, during which Warner registered his half-century, before he was clean bowled by John Hastings for 90 off 45 balls, which included 12 boundaries and three sixes.

Dhawan and Naman Ojha kept the runs flowing with a 52-run partnership, during which Dhawan brought up his half-century, before Ojha was caught by Pawan Negi at deep square leg off the bowling of Raina for 19.

Finch only made seven runs before he was run out by Raina.

Sammy failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by du Plessis at long-on off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for a duck.

Dhawan went on to score 64 off 49 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes, as Hyderabad reached their target with two balls to spare.

Dhawan remained unbeaten on 64

Dhawan remained unbeaten on 64

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Hastings, Jadeja and Raina claimed one wicket each.

Dhoni was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “We have to address it (defeats). We have lost a few games very easily. The easier thing would be to chase in each and every game. I went in and ate up quite a few deliveries but 185 was a decent score but under par. I think we needed 230, our new ball bowlers are not getting wickets with the new ball.”

Sammy was pleased with the victory, and said: “We have been rising to the challenge, looking to control what we can. Good thing we bowled first. Credit to Warner and Dhawan. After a few games you tend to look for ways to improve, and Warner has always been better up the order. We can just hope things go in our favour.”

Warner was named Man of the Match, and said: “(Didn’t score a century) Importantly we won and credit to Shikhar for back-to-back fifties. I love batting at the top of the order and I also enjoyed batting in the middle order. I obviously like to hit as many over the boundary.”

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