HYDERABAD, India: David Warner played in the manner that defines his batting after the bowlers gave very little away, helping Sunrisers Hyderabad humble Chennai Super Kings by six wickets last night in the Indian Premier League.
While the outcome ended Sunrisers’ run of three straight losses, it also brought to a screeching halt CSK’s ruthless streak, the sound of which though failing to drown the chants of ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’ that reverberated across the stadium.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni watched the proceedings from the dressing room after being ruled out of the game with back spasm, the first time since 2010 that he was not leading his beloved yellow brigade, and the team missed him.
Warner smashed a 24-ball half century before his opening partner Jonny Bairstow (61* off 44 balls) completed the chase of 133 with as many as 19 deliveries to spare.
Leading the side in the absence of Dhoni, Suresh Raina opted to bat after the coin landed in his favour. But the decision did not work wonders for the visitors as Sunrisers bowled a nagging line and length to pick up five wickets for 22 runs.
Coming into the game against a team that was eyeing a playoff berth after winning seven of their eight matches this season, a tricky test awaited the hosts.
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