IPL 2017 37th Match: Warner thumps 126 as Sunrisers demolish Knight Riders

Warner celebrates after bringing up his third IPL hundred

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Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner led by example, clubbing a breathtaking 126, to lead his side to a 48-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Being put in to bat first, Warner dominated for the vast majority of his 139-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan.

During the stand, which came off 12.4 overs at a run-rate of 10.97, Warner not only sailed past his fifty, but also reached his hundred.

Dhawan was happy enough to keep nudging the ball around while Warner provided the fireworks, but his innings came to an end when he was run out by Kuldeep Yadav for 29.

Warner went on to make 126 off 59 balls, which included 10 boundaries and eight sixes, before he was dismissed by Chris Woakes.

Even though Kane Williamson was run out by Nathan Coulter-Nile on the final ball of the inningsĀ for a 25-ball 40, the Sunrisers finished on 209/3, which was the team’s highest score in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the biggest total amassed by any team against the Knight Riders.

Woakes was the only bowler to take a wicket.

With a mammoth total of 210 standing in their way of victory, the Knight Riders lost a wicket on the eighth ball of their innings as Sunil Narine was removed by Mohammed Siraj for just one run.

Captain Gautam Gambhir fell shortly after, but Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa stabilised the innings with a 78-run partnership.

However, once Pandey was gone for 39, the Knight Riders began to lose wickets at regular intervals, including that of Uthappa, who scored 53 off 28 balls, which included four boundaries and four sixes.

Uthappa scored his 22nd IPL fifty

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As a result, the Knight Riders fell well short of their target as they finished on 161/7 off their 20 overs.

Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddath Kaul took two wickets apiece, while Rashid Khan claimed one.

Warner was named Man of the Match.

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