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Warner and Bairstow star once again in IPL

David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have continued their red-hot IPL form with half-centuries to help their Sunrisers Hyderabad side beat Chennai Super Kings.

Warner and Bairstow star once again in IPL

David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have continued their red-hot IPL form with half-centuries to help their Sunrisers Hyderabad side beat Chennai Super Kings.

DAVID WARNER during the Australian national mens cricket team training session at PPC Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.
DAVID WARNER during the Australian national mens cricket team training session at PPC Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture:Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images/Getty Images

David Warner has smashed 50 off 25 balls, his sixth IPL half century in eight outings, to fire Sunrisers Hyderabad to a six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings.

Warner, who is the tournament's top scorer with 450 runs, belted 10 fours on his way to a man of the match performance.


Opening partner Jonny Bairstow posted an unbeaten 61 as the Sunrisers won with more than three overs to spare.

The Super Kings were without captain MS Dhoni because of back spasms and won the toss, electing to bat.

However they were unable to dominate the home side attack with Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis putting on 79 sluggish runs for the opening wicket in 9.5 overs.

The former Australian Test star was the first to depart for 31 when he was bowled by spinner Shahbaz Nadeem.

South African skipper Du Plessis followed soon after when he was caught behind by Bairstow off Vijay Shankar for 45.

Suresh Raina (13), Sam Billings (0) and Kedar Jadhav (1) were all out cheaply as the Super Kings could only muster an under-par total of 5-132.

Warner and Bairstow came charging out of the gates, with the former Australia vice-captain hitting 10 boundaries before being pouched by Du Plessis off Deepak Chahar in the sixth over.

Bairstow continued the charge and despite losing Kane Williamson (3), Vijay Shankar (7) and Deepak Hooda (13), the Englishman got the home side home comfortably.

It was Warner's fourth consecutive fifty-plus score against Super Kings at a strike rate of 200.

Afterwards, he preferred to leave his batting do the talking, simply saying: "I am extremely grateful for the support around the world and especially here in India."

He was praised by skipper Williamson, whose side move up to fifth spot on the table.

"He was brilliant - that's the sort of stroke-making we've become used to," the New Zealand captain said.

"It was match-winning knock, from both he and Jonny."

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