IPL: Warner, Dhawan star as Hyderabad post 207/3 vs Punjab

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Mohali, April 28 (IANS) Openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan helped Sunrisers Hyderabad post a challenging 207/3 against King XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match at the I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Friday.

Right from the start, Dhawan (77) and Warner (51) thrashed Punjab’s bowlers all around the park and got past 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 Glen Maxwell.

Warner tried a slog-sweep over mid-wicket but totally missed the ball and thus got bowled by Maxwell. Warner’s 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.

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But after adding another 40 runs with Kane Williamson (54 not out), Dhawan was out to a Mohit Sharma delivery. Dhawan slammed nine boundaries and one six in his 48-ball inning.

Williamson along with veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh (15) then paced up the scoring rate but failed to continue their attack as both batsmen added 24 runs in three overs before Yuvraj was dismissed by Maxwell in the 17th over.

With two overs remaining, middle-order batsmen Moises Henriques and Williamson then completed the proceedings in style as they added 31 runs in two overs to post a challenging total.

For Punjab, Maxwell scalped two wickets while Mohit Sharma took one wicket.

Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan 77, Kane Williamson 54 not out, David Warner 51; Maxwell 2/29 against Kings XI Punjab.

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