David Warner came up with a stunning 45-ball 90 that drove Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) to a stunning six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings, here, at the JSCA International Stadium, on Thursday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (57 not out)’s assault over Dale Steyn in the last over of the Super Kings innings, where he took 24, propelled the two-time champions to a daunting 185 for three. David Hussey, too, hit an unbeaten 50.
But all the good work from the Dhoni-Hussey partnership went in vain as Warner forced the CSK bowlers into submission with a superb exhibition of stroke-play. For the moment, the Sunrisers are still alive in IPL VII, while the Super Kings lost their third consecutive match.
“We just hope things go in our favour and it’s not too late for us. We need to win our remaining matches, though,” SH captain Darren Sammy said.
Darren Sammy: We have been rising to the challenge, looking to control what we can... The good is thing that we bowled first. Credit must be given to Warner and Dhawan for the way they went after the bowling.
After a few games, you tend to look at what you’ve done and for ways to improve, and Warner has always been better up the order. We just hope things go in our favour and it’s not too late for us. We need to win our remaining matches, though.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: I think it’s something that has got to do with quite a few matches we have played on surfaces that haven’t changed and are good for batting. Those are the matches we lost quite easily and it’s quite a bit of a worry.
I ate up quite a few deliveries in the middle. We needed to score in the middle overs. 190-195 would have been a par score on this wicket. The problem in our last few matches has been our inability to get wickets with the new balls, which is creating pressure on the spinners in the middle overs and more so, if it’s a good wicket to bat on.
David Warner (MoM): I may not have scored a century, but importantly, we won and credit to Shikhar for back-to-back fifties. I’ve enjoyed batting at the middle order, but going back to the opening slot is something I always loved. As far as big hitting is concerned, I, too, obviously like to hit as many sixes as I can.