IPL 2019: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow raze Knight Riders, hand Sunrisers big win

The two ensure their fourth century partnership this season as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeats Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets.

Prolific pair: Jonny Bairstow (left) and David Warner put on 131 for the first wicket.   -  K. V. S. Giri

There was a threat of rain for the contest between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders. Instead, what poured was a torrent of runs via the prolific opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They scripted their fourth century partnership in nine matches — they also possess seven 50-plus partnerships — this Indian Premier League season with some scintillating strokeplay that shut Knight Riders out of the contest a bit too early when the chase was on at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here.

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The chase was expected to be tricky but Warner and Bairstow banished both fast bowlers and spinners with ease to hand their team a nine-wicket victory with 30 deliveries to spare. The 100 was posted in just 52 deliveries.

In a hurry

The two batted as if they were scheduled to catch a late evening flight. It wasn’t a flawless effort by the duo, however, as Bairstow was dropped thrice — the first, when he was on 1; the second, when he was on 55; and the third, when he was on 58. Two of those drops were off Prithvi Raj, the left-arm pacer.

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When Warner was eventually dismissed bowled by Prithvi Raj, the rest of the chase was a mere formality. When Bairstow swung leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for two consecutive sixes in the 15th over, it was a perfect finish to the contest.

Earlier, put in to bat, Knight Riders was off to a bright start, Chris Lynn and southpaw Sunil Narine launching into some audacious strokes to compile 42 off just 16 balls. Narine treated left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed with disdain; in the previous over, he had collared spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who went for 18 runs in his first over. Narine slashed him for a six, and unleashed the pull stroke and the inside-out stroke for fours.

Quick wickets

But to the delight of his team-mates and the near-capacity crowd, Khaleel dismissed Narine and Shubman Gill in quick succession to put the brakes. Soon after, Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a beautiful delivery — he pitched the ball up and had it move away with extra bounce to force the in-form Nitish Rana to nick to wicketkeeper Bairstow.

Later, a superb fielding effort from Vijay Shankar from midwicket saw the usually quick Knight Riders captain stranded; he had been attempting a second run after playing a flick off Nadeem. A 51-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Lynn — who scored his ninth IPL half-century — and Rinku Singh gave hopes of a big total.

David Warner with his daughter after the win. Photo: PTI

But Lynn perished to a brilliant, running catch by Kane Williamson at covers off Khaleel in the 17th over. A huge roar greeted the big-hitting Andre Russell but he perished quickly; after slamming two sixes off Bhuvneshwar in the 19th over, he was out going for another one in the same over.