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Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner and Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina at the toss © BCCI
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) riding on David Warner’s 33rd half-century thumped Gujarat Lions (GL) in Match 6 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. SRH chased down the target of 136 in just 15.3 overs with Warner remaining unbeaten on 76 off just 45 deliveries along with Moises Henriques who remained unbeaten on 52 off 39 deliveries putting up a 108-run stand for the second wicket. Earlier, GL put in to bat first, were halted at 135 as Rashid Khan took 3 wickets in his 4 overs conceding just 19 runs. For GL, except for Jason Roy (31), Dinesh Karthik (30) and Dwayne Smith (37) none other batsmen could cross the border of 15 runs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Gujarat Lions (GL), IPL 2017 Match 6
Even though opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (9) fell to Praveen Kumar, the power-hitting of Warner and Henriques meant that it was smooth sailing for Hyderabad. Warner whacked six fours and four sixes, while his fellow Australian Henriques hit six fours to give Gujarat not even a toehold in the match. Hyderabad were put in firm control during their bowling, by Rashid and Bhuvneshwar.
Put in to bat, Gujarat opener Jason Roy’s 21-ball 31 threatened Hyderabad early. But Rashid, with his discipline and guile, came and applied the brakes. Struggling opening batsman Brendon McCullum was trapped leg before wicket with a googly from Rashid in the fifth over.
In the next over, Roy, who slammed five boundaries, was the next batsmen to go. Roy was caught by Dhawan at the midwicket off a delivery from Bhuvneshwar to leave his side at 37/2. Skipper Suresh Raina (5) and Aaron Finch (3) also failed to step up to the occasion as both were adjudged leg before wicket off Rashid in back-to-back overs.
Gujarat Lions 135 for 7 in 20 overs (Jason Roy 31, Dinesh Karthik 30, Dwayne Smith 37; Rashid Khan 3 for 19, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 21) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 140 for 1 in 15.3 overs (David Warner 76*, Moises Henriques 52*; Praveen Kumar 1 for 16) by 9 wickets.
Man of the Match: Rashid Khan
(With inputs from IANS)