Warner’s innings helped Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 21 runs

Mumbai, May 5 (PTI) David Warner’s 92 not out off 58 balls helped Delhi Capitals register a 21-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League match on Thursday.

Warner scored his fourth half-century of the season with an unbeaten 92 off 58 balls against his former team. Rovman Powell scored an unbeaten 67 off 35 balls. On the basis of his batting, Delhi made 207 runs for three wickets when sent to bat first.

In reply, Sunrisers could only manage 186 runs for eight wickets. For Delhi, Khaleel Ahmed took three wickets for 30 runs and Shardul Thakur took two wickets for 44 runs.

Delhi are now in fifth place with ten points from ten matches, a gain of two places. On the other hand, Sunrisers slipped to the sixth position after a third consecutive defeat.

Last season, Sunrisers had also dropped Warner from the playing XI after removing him from the captaincy.

Responding to the target of 208 runs to win, Sunrisers had a poor start as they made only 37 runs for the loss of three wickets at the end of the seventh over. Abhishek Sharma (7), Rahul Tripathi (22) and captain Kane Williamson (four) were dismissed cheaply. Aiden Markram made 42 off 35 balls and Nicholas Pooran made 62 off 34 balls. The duo added 60 runs in 35 balls but the comeback became difficult after Markram was dismissed in the 13th over.

Earlier, Warner and Powell added 122 runs in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership and scored 70 runs in the last five overs. Warner hit 12 fours and three sixes in his innings, on the basis of which Delhi made their highest score of the season.

He scored 32 runs in his first two overs, giving a lot of advice to rising fast bowler Umran Malik. Powell took 19 runs in Malik’s last over, hitting three fours and a six. It was a bad day for Malik, who conceded 52 runs in four overs without getting any wickets as he took five wickets against Gujarat Titans on April 27 itself.

Warner made Malik 21 runs in the fourth over with two fours and a six. 50 for two in the powerplay, of which Warner had 31 runs.

Mandeep Singh was dismissed on the fifth ball of the innings by Bhuvneshwar Kumar without opening an account while Mitchell Marsh was sent off in the fifth over by CA Abbott with a return catch.

23 runs were scored in the ninth over and the wicket of captain Rishabh Pant also fell. Pant hit Gopal for three sixes and a four but lost the wicket on the last ball.

Warner completed his half-century on the first ball of the 12th over. Malik this ball 154. He was bowled at a speed of 8 kmph which was the third fastest ball in the history of IPL.

Powell was given life by Kane Williamson on the ball of Malik for the sum of 18. He later hit Abbott for two consecutive sixes in the 17th over and hit the bowler for a total of five sixes.