Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

IPL 2017: Kane Williamson's sizzling start takes Sunrisers Hyderabad to 191/4

IPL 2017: Kane Williamson's sizzling start takes Sunrisers Hyderabad to 191/4

A feature of the Williamson-Dhawan partnership was their running between the wickets as they constantly put the Delhi fielders under pressure, taking quick singles and converting ones into twos easily.

If DD win this match, they could go above SRH in the table as they have a higher net-run rate. Delhi, on the other hand, occupy the fourth spot with four points from five matches.

Packed with young batsmen like Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi's strength lies in their array of talented seam-bowling all-rounders.

The duo were going great guns, putting Delhi in a strong position. Rishabh Pant then wasted his promotion to No. 4, hoicking a Yuvraj Singh full ball from outside off to long-on. At the halfway mark, Hyderabad reached 80 for one. But their task got more hard as Samson got out in the 14th over after a strategic time out as he failed to read a slower delivery off Mohammed Siraj to hit straight to the hands of Moises Henriques.

Samson was in good form, scoring 42 runs off 33 deliveries with three boundaries and a six.

However, Warner continued to frustrate the Kings XI and ultimate finished on 70 not out, which came off 54 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes, as the Sunrisers made 159/6 off their 20 overs. SRH are now in the third position with six points from three games, whereas DD are just one place below them at fourth with four points from four matches.

With 39 wickets in five matches, Hyderabad are the best bowling unit, in terms of wickets taken, in this tournament.

Opening batsman David Warner (70 not out) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/19) dazzled for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they withstood Manan Vohra's plundering 95 to pip Kings XI Punjab by five runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest here on Monday. After the early loss of skipper David Warner, Williamson and Dhawan picked up pace and built a crucial 136-run partnership to give the home team a solid platform for a big total. The 23-year-old from Chandigarh smashed 95 off 50 balls with the help of nine boundaries and five sixes, nearly single-handedly guiding KXIP to victory with an incredible knock.

For his finest IPL innings so far, Kane Williamson was adjudged the Man of the Match.

With three overs remaining Yuvraj Singh (3) joined Dhawan in the middle.

For Delhi, their leading wicket-taker Chris Morris (4/26) was the lone warrior as he claimed all four wickets. I was mentally prepared to bowl the second last over and I had a clear plan when I ran to bowl. Sunrisers Hyderabad has a good record against Kings XI Punjab in their previous IPL matches.

Runs coming freely for Delhi.

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