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Warner fireworks see Sunrisers to victory over KKR

Sunrisers Hyderabad remain unbeaten at home in this season's IPL after beating Kolkata Knight Riders thanks to David Warner's century.

News 01 May 2017, 00:58 IST
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Sunrisers' David Warner, in action here for Australia

David Warner smashed a blistering 126 as Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded their highest IPL total in a comfortable 48-run win over leaders Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

Warner hit 10 fours and eight maximums from his 59 balls in a staggering innings as Sunrisers made 209-3, a score that proved too much for Kolkata to chase down.

The Australian - now the top run-scorer in this season's tournament - was supported by opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (29 off 30) before Kane Williamson's brisk 40 from 25 helped the hosts past the 200 mark.

Chris Woakes (1-46) and Kuldeep Yadav (0-43) came in for the heaviest punishment for KKR, who fell well short in their chase to end on 161-7 despite Robin Uthappa continuing his stellar form with four fours and as many sixes in his 28-ball 53.

Warner cleared the ropes for the first time in just the second over and his relentless hitting saw his side to a dominant position at 79-0 at the end of the powerplay.

He brought up his fifty from just 20 balls, while it took him only 23 more to reach three figures - not with a boundary, but via a scampered two to deep midwicket.

Williamson hit five fours in a useful innings that maintained his side's momentum, which carried over into the reply as both KKR openers were removed with just 12 on the board.

Uthappa and Manish Pandey (39) launched a counter-attack for KKR, although a 45-minute rain delay halted their progress, Mohammed Siraj and Siddarth Kaul both returning 2-26 as Sunrisers moved to within a point of the leaders.

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