Sunrisers scrape win thanks to Warner


The Sunrisers Hyderabad kept their play-off dreams on track on Monday when they had just enough runs on the board to beat the Kings XI Punjab by five runs.

David Warner's 81 made sure they reached 185 for four, and KXIP nearly reached it, but David Miller's 89 not out off 44 balls was just not enough as they reached 180 for seven.

The Sunrisers won the toss and chose to bat, and skipper Warner set about smashing Sandeep Sharma and Anureet Singh to all corners. By the time Shikhar Dhawan departed for 24 in the seventh over, they had reached 56.

Moises Henriques then joined his countryman and they doubled the score, with Warner doing the bulk of the damage. Henriques was out in the 14th over for 24.

Eoin Morgan and Lokesh Rahul both added 17, while Warner was eventually out for 81 off 52 balls to Beuran Hendricks. Rahul and Karn Sharma got the rest of the runs in the last two overs.

The chase started off well as Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra went at 10 to the over, but both were unable to reach the 30s, both out to Bipul Sharma before 50 runs were on the board.

Wriddhiman Saha and Glenn Maxwell were both out cheaply, and this left Miller to do all the work. He played some big shots, including a whopping nine sixes, but had no help from the other end.

Despite his best efforts, Miller was stranded on 89 as the deliveries ran out, unable to get the 18 runs required in the final over. He could only manage 13.