IPL 2019: David Warner signs off in style as Sunrisers Hyderabad crush KXIP

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David Warner. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

It was the last game of the IPL season for Australia star batsman David Warner and he made it count with another authoritative innings as his 81 laid the foundations for a thumping 45-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Monday.

Sunrisers batted first in great batting conditions at home and blasted their way to 212-6 with Warner hitting seven fours and two sixes during his 56-ball knock. In reply, Kings XI could only muster 167-8 as the Sunrisers secured their sixth win of the season.

Super Warner 

Sunrisers’ talisman Warner was playing his final game of the season before joining the Australian team for their World Cup preparations. Having crossed the 600 run mark already, the southpaw was looking for one final flourish.

Teaming up with keeper Wriddhiman Saha – who was especially aggressive during his 13-ball 28 – at the top, Warner controlled the innings with his ninth fifty-plus score of the season.

Mohammad Nabi earned a promotion as Sunrisers looked to breach the 200-run mark and the Afghan all-rounder delivered with 20 off 10 balls as Hyderabad posted 212-6.

Kings XI Punjab spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman had a disastrous outing as he was spanked for five fours and four sixes in his four overs that went for 66 runs – the second worst bowling effort in the history of the IPL.

Rahul’s strange knock

KL Rahul was the only Punjab batsman who showed some urgency but even that came way too late in the innings. At one stage of the chase, Rahul was batting on 39 off 36 balls and with Chris Gayle already back in the hut after top edging left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed, the pressure fell on the rest of the batting to keep up with the asking rate.

When Rahul was batting on 38 off 35 balls after 11 overs, Punjab needed 117 from 54 balls. The visitors were way behind the asking rate and even though the opening batsman made up for it towards the latter half of the innings, it was never going to be enough.

Nicholas Pooran tried to inject some life into the innings but his brief stay ended at 21 off 10 balls.

For Sunrisers, star leg-spinner Rashid Khan ended up with 3-21 and was on a hat-trick at one stage.

Different routes

Sunrisers Hyderabad are making the right moves just when it matters while Kings XI are losing their way at a critical juncture. It was the third defeat in a row for Punjab and seventh overall, which has pushed them closer to the exit.

Punjab possess two star bowlers in captain Ravi Ashwin and Mohammed Shami and nothing much else, which has cost them big time.

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IPL 2019 Fantasy Round 7: Shikhar Dhawan in fine nick, avoid departing Australians and other top tips

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Shikhar Dhawan. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

We are in the final stretch of IPL 2019 and round seven of the fantasy league – run by official partners Dream 11 – is upon us.

Things get tricky from here as England players have left and Australian players will depart this week, leaving the West Indies, New Zealand and South African players to chose from. All teams play two games each this week so there are no obvious picks or omissions.

With that said, here are our top tips to help you navigate this round of IPL fantasy.

TOP TIP FOR ROUND 7:

Be wary of tactical omissions

Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have already qualified for the knockouts. Chances are, they might rest some key players to keep them fresh for the next phase. Seamers Kagiso Rabada and Deepak Chahar might get some rest, so could MS Dhoni to mend his bad back and recover from illness.

BATSMEN

Shikhar Dhawan (10.5 credits)

The Delhi Capitals batsman has improved as the tournament has gone on. Overcoming horrendous batting conditions at home, the southpaw has hit three successive fifties and three out of his last four games have come in Delhi where he has scored 35 or more. Should continue to do well.

Chris Gayle. Image credit - @IPL/Twitter.

Chris Gayle. Image credit – @IPL/Twitter.

Chris Gayle (10 cr)

The Kings XI Punjab batsman will soon be among the top three batsmen remaining in the competition. The left-hander has scored a fifty in three out of his last five games (before the SRH match). With both Punjab games at home, Gayle should be able to get a few more runs under his belt.

Ajinkya Rahane (9.5 cr)

Ever since the Rajasthan Royals captaincy burden has been taken away from him, Rahane has played like a rejuvenated batsman. A century and a couple of 30s in this last three games make the top order batsman a good option.

BOWLERS

Kagiso Rabada (8.5 cr)

Why change what is working perfectly? The South African pace spearhead has been in sensational form for Delhi Capitals, with a staggering 25 wickets from 12 matches. A bit of a gamble whether he plays both games but worth it as he is averaging two wickets per match.

Rahul Chahar. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Rahul Chahar. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

Rahul Chahar (7 cr)

The Mumbai Indians leg-spinner has been a revelation, picking up seven wickets in his last four games. Had an off day against Andre Russell, but who hasn’t? Has shown excellent control and variations so far so should be able to pick up a few more.

Varun Aaron (8 cr)

A late entry in IPL 2019, the Rajasthan Royals quick has been a breath of fresh air. Bowling at high pace and getting the ball to nip back in a mile, Aaron has stumped a few batsmen with his version of the knuckle ball. Should be fresh enough for more wickets.

ALL-ROUNDERS

Andre Russell (10 cr)

No point recommending anyone ahead of him here. The KKR marauder blasted his team management for pushing him down the order. Against Mumbai, he backed his words with a superlative all-round display of 80*, two wickets and two catches. Simply unstoppable.

Hardik Pandya (10 cr)

What Russell can do, Hardik can match. Against KKR, the Mumbai Indians star did the unthinkable and almost outplayed Russell with a sensational 91 off 34 balls. Plus he is picking up a wicket almost every game. A fantasy guarantee.

Hardik Pandya.

Hardik Pandya.

WICKETKEEPERS

Rishabh Pant (9.5 cr)

While the Delhi keeper is known for his explosive batting, his keeping has been a big plus with Pant becoming the first gloveman to affect 20 dismissals in an IPL season. Expect him to be even more dangerous now that playoff spot has been secured.

Parthiv Patel (8.5 cr)

KL Rahul isn’t keeping gloves while Sanju Samson is a designated batsman. So RCB’s Parthiv Patel can be a safe pick for the two matches. There will hardly be any pressure on him as Bangalore are down and almost out, so that could work in Patel’s favour.

Captain: Andre Russell

Vice-captain: Shikhar Dhawan

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IPL 2019 LIVE: Plenty on the line in Sunrisers Hyderabad vs KXIP

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

There is plenty at stake for both teams with regards to the race for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs as Sunrisers Hyderabad play host to Kings XI Punjab.

Both teams are currently tied on 10 points apiece from 11 matches and have played a game less than the remaining six teams in the fray.

Sunrisers occupy the fourth and final play-off spot as of now with KXIP positioned in sixth place on the basis of their inferior net run-rate.

Which of the two teams will take a giant stride towards the IPL play-offs with a win? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Hyderabad below.

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