Warner fifty ensures win for SRH over CSK


David Warner's blitzed half century ensured the Sunrisers Hyderabad had enough runs on the board as they beat the Chennai Super Kings by 22 runs in Deccan on Saturday night.

The home side recorded 192 for seven in their 20 overs, thought they really should have had more than 200, and then Chennai were restricted to 170 for six despite almost all their batsmen getting starts.

The Sunrisers got off to a flying start thanks to Warner, who smashed a half century in 20 balls and pushed the side to 76 in six overs. The Australia opener was out for 61 off 28 balls to Suresh Raina.

Shikhar Dhawan's 37 off 32 balls was also valuable, but the steam went out of the innings in the middle overs. Moises Henriques hit some lusty blows on his way to 19, but was stumped by MS Dhoni.

Eoin Morgan held the innings together and ended on 32 not out, but he was actually fairly slow, scoring those off 27 deliveries thanks to a few late boundaries that made it look better.

Dwayne Bravo did a superb job to keep the score under 200, removing three batsmen late in the innings, all for single figures, leaving Morgan relatively stranded.

It wasn't worth the worry though, despite CSK starting quickly and scoring 13 runs in the first over. Brendon McCullum was out for 12 in the secoond over, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Moises Henriques removed Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina fore 21 and 23 respectively, while Dhoni made 20 off 16 balls. Faf du Plessis was the top scorer with 33, and that was the issue. While there were plenty of twenties, there wasn't a significant knock.

Chennai remained at the top of the table despite the result, level on points with Rajasthan but with a game in hand. SRH moved to fifth place, level on points wih the Delhi Daredevils.