New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in an Indian Premier League match at the I.S. Bindra Stadium on Friday, a performance which was dominated by batsmen in both teams but it was David Warner's team which eventually came out on top.
Chasing 208, Punjab were restricted to 181/9 with Shaun Marsh (84), Eoin Morgan (26) and Martin Guptill (23) the only big contributors.
Earlier, put in to bat, openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan helped Sunrisers Hyderabad post a challenging 207/3.
Right from the start, Dhawan (77) and Warner (51) thrashed Punjab`s bowlers all around the park, getting past the 100 run mark in just 10 overs.
Both openers forged a 107-run partnership with the run-rate of 10.70 before Warner was sent packing by Punjab`s skipper Maxwell.
Warner tried a slog-sweep over mid-wicket but totally missed the ball and got bowled. His 27-ball knock was laced with four boundaries and four sixes.
Unperturbed by the fall of Warner`s wicket, Dhawan, who seemed good at the middle, continued the assault.
But after adding another 40 runs with Kane Williamson (54 not out), he was dismissed on a Mohit Sharma delivery. Dhawan slammed nine boundaries and one six in his 48-ball innings.
Williamson along with veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh (15) then paced up the scoring rate, adding 24 runs in three overs before Yuvraj was dismissed by Maxwell in the 17th over.
With two overs remaining, middle-order batsmen Henriques and Williamson then completed the proceedings in style as they added 31 runs in two overs to post a challenging total.
(With IANS inputs)