Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, Hyderabad April 30, 2017

Warner's 126 serves notice to tournament leaders

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Sunrisers Hyderabad 209 for 3 (Warner 126, Williamson 40, U Yadav 0-30) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 161 for 7 (Uthappa 53, Siraj 2-26, Kaul 2-26, Bhuvneshwar 2-29) by 48 runs
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Against the third-best best attack of this IPL, David Warner scored a sensational 126 off 59 balls as Sunrisers Hyderabad served notice to the two table-toppers with a dominating win. Kolkata Knight Riders, Warner's victims on the night, and Mumbai Indians still remained at the top of the table with 14 points, but Sunrisers were now breathing down their necks, just one point behind.

Some of the best batsmen in the world watched and tweeted in awe as Warner took the Knight Riders attack through the shredders. It didn't make as much noise as Chris Gayle's 175, but at one stage Warner threatened a double hundred. This was the fifth-fastest IPL century, but the amount of strike Warner took made the big difference. He reached his century in the 11th over, having faced 43 balls by then already. His share of strike reduced in the following deliveries - 16 out of 32 - and he eventually perished playing yet another big shot.

Despite an underwhelming - relatively speaking - second half, Sunrisers managed their highest total and the highest by any team against Knight Riders. And they have only ever failed to defend scores of over 175 on three occasions. Given the depth in their bowling, there was no addition being made to the list on this night, not in Hyderabad where they have now five straight matches.

Warner steps out

There was something about Warner from the moment he walked out. To the first ball of the innings, he charged down the track and tried to hit Nathan Coulter-Nile out of the ground. This was a bowler whom Knight Riders used as a strike weapon: in four matches, he had taken 11 wickets, with at least two in every match. Warner wanted to eliminate his threat. He managed only six off that over, but got stuck into Umesh Yadav and Chris Woakes, taking Sunrisers to 35 in three overs.

That forced Gautam Gambhir to call upon Yusuf Pathan for only the third time this IPL - he had previously started overs against Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch, and Warner and Shikhar Dhawan - with reasonable success. This time, though, Warner hit him for four, four and six. Sunrisers 52 for 0 in four overs.

Knight Riders were not holding back. Now came Sunil Narine. Immediately Warner went down on a knee and switch-hit the first ball for a six over point. Knight Riders had tried every thing, but Warner was unstoppable. Sunrisers 67 for 0 after five.

The luck

Warner faced 59 balls and hit 18 boundaries. That is one boundary every third ball. And you have to attempt them more often to have this boundary-per-ball rate. It's quite feasible Warner attempted to hit a boundary every second ball, and if you do that you need some luck to last 59 balls. It arrived when Warner skied a pull off an Umesh slower ball in the second over. Woakes misjudged it, back-pedalling instead of turning around and running. Had he done so, he might have made that catch and possibly sent Warner back for 13.

The next time Warner was dropped, by Woakes again, he was moving from 86 to 92, having peppered all boundaries with all kinds of shots.

The late control

Knight Riders did well to pull Sunrisers back from 123 for 0 in 10 overs. Dhawan struggled for fluency, scoring 29 off 30, but the duo must have done something right because Warner had faced 46 balls by then, a ratio that had been much higher earlier. Umesh made a good comeback with pace variations, Woakes finally got Warner out, but the classy Kane Williamson's 25-ball 40 still made sure Sunrisers crossed 200.

Uthappa on the burning deck

Okay, burning deck is a little too dramatic, especially when it did rain for 45 minutes in the middle of the chase, but once Knight Riders lost Narine and Gambhir early they were always up against it. Robin Uthappa, though, had other ideas, hitting four sixes and four fours in the 28 balls that he faced, and that after having to stabilise the innings a little. The highlight was playing Rashid Khan like an offspinner and slogging him for two enormous sixes.

However, once local boy Mohammed Siraj got Uthappa with a slower ball in the 13th over, for a 28-ball 53, the 101 required in 45 balls was always going to be too much against the second-best attack in the competition.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Raz2802 on May 3, 2017, 6:40 GMT

    BAGHELS.A, I first heard of dropped catches the first time after 25 days of IPL. Although I've not watched each and every match, I've watched many to come to my conclusion. And just discussing it couple of times is not the real thing.

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    More than discussions, what is important is displaying Infographics on Dropped Catches and also a Dropped Catches meter (like the Sixes meter). In fact, you can extract many exciting details from dropped catches - which is not being done in any cricket format.

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    And BAGHELS.A, if you feel annoyed with Fairplay stats what prevents you from feeling the same against such nonsense like Fantasy League and Stylish players stats? And it is these which are being given more importance than Dropped Catches, in every match?

  • KayRL on May 2, 2017, 3:04 GMT

    DD got Warner cheaply in the first leg,the team managed to score 190+ and win.So get your facts right....

  • cooljack_143 on May 1, 2017, 19:54 GMT

    To all SRH critics. Critics like you think one dimensional. what happened to other matches, go check stats this IPL how many runs warner has scored compared to last year. With him failing there were others who stepd up. SRH is no longer a one man army as it was last year. the batters have stepped up, Kane, Henrique are doing amazing job up and then lower order Ojha and Hooda Bpul R performing when needed too.No need to panic,what ever team u r supporting, will 100% be blown vs SRH when it comes that day. And when u ment'd thos drop catches , wat abt those innumerable umpiring howlers that SRH got vs kkr where uthappa was let off, what if that was given , u think KKR would have got shot out? or u think had SRH fielders not dropped dhoni and tripati, you think RPS wud have shot out again, chill mate this is cricket,its a team game , when 1 falls som other will certanly step up.For SRH, wiliamson henriques dhawan r in rich form and will step up if needed. Dhawn is bak for playing CT'17.

  • Calvin Palmer Warbah on May 1, 2017, 17:31 GMT

    The standard of ball vs bat and vice versa in IPL is very very very very poor and sub standard one should say. Please people don't ever judge a player's performances especially bat vs ball.

  • TheCowCorner on May 1, 2017, 16:24 GMT

    Get Warner cheaply, SRH will fold within 160. With the death bowlers SRH has, they are not gonna defend it to be honest.

  • niazbhi on May 1, 2017, 16:18 GMT

    KKR needs young indian fast bowlers. There were so many this year Nathu Singh, Unadkat, Kaul, Siraj, Sangwan. Woakes, Thampi, SNThakur. I expected his ability to swing the ball would work, but it did not. I knew Narine would no longer be as effective (with modified actions and batsmen willing to take more risks). Most good teams have three or so reliable indian bowlers. Add one or two foreign allrounders with it (one bowler). Still have a room for one or two foreign batsmen. Uthappa, Pathan and Pandey are great assets. KKR's bowling is letting it down. Kuldeep and Narine are great. But spinners are no longer doing it. Rashid did not bowl when Uthappa was there. Mumbai got two Pandya's and Bumrah. That's what a team needs. Kuldeep, Umesh and Nile are fine. KKR just needs one more indian quick.

  • Nampally on May 1, 2017, 16:03 GMT

    CRICFAN45445829431:All fans will find it difficult to accept what you are saying that these IPL teams are dependent on 2 or 3 players. T20 is a "Team" game where on a given day, each team if it plays to its potential, has equal chance of winning. Come on, SRH has more than Warner & Williamson! Yuvraj, Dhawan are no dummies & have been scoring in earlier matches when Warner failed. Also before Williamson was in XI, the other pros. did equally well. So it is totally incorrect to say the SRH has just 2 batsmen! Without bowling, no team can Win. Bhuvi Kumar is #1 IPL bowler & is being backed by Local hero Siraj who has pace & bounce too. In fact Rashid is the only regular pro amongst the 5 bowlers used. IPL needs lot of strong local talent to win it all. SRH has that & hence their position amongst the top 3. Clearly Warner provides the power & hence the dominance. Mumbai has similar power too thru' "Non- Foreign pro" talent. That is the formula for winning!

  • atifdigit on May 1, 2017, 14:36 GMT

    @THECOWCORNER Uthappa is by no measn young :P

  • etherxplorer on May 1, 2017, 14:32 GMT

    Its harsh to say that SRH is dependent on two men (Warner and Williamson). Its true that most of the runs are scored by Warner. Dhawan may not be as good as Warner, but he is still one of the top run scorers this IPL. And the reason Warner was able to play his aggressive game is because Dhawan on the other side plays a stable game. If the wickets were falling on one end, Warner would not have played his natural game. Also, you should remember that their middle order hardly gets a chance to prove themselves. Most of the times, the top order bats through till 15+ overs.

  • TheCowCorner on May 1, 2017, 10:42 GMT

    there's Dhoni who wants to 'play out' Rashid, and there's young blood like Utappa, Manish who choose to 'blow out' Rashid. Take a note dear Selectors.

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