David Warner (left) and Shikhar Dhawan added 130 runs for the opening wicket © IANS
David Warner (left) and Shikhar Dhawan added 130 runs for the opening wicket © IANS

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) trumped defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 16 runs by Duckworth-Lewis Method at Hyderabad on Wednesday. Devarchit Varma writes the highlights of the match.

David Warner’s blitz: The left-handed opener continued to be the vital batsman for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as he slammed a 55-ball 91 to help his side get off to a flying start. David Warner was brutal towards loose deliveries and he slammed nine boundaries and four sixes to score 91, but fell short of a deserving century. Warner once again displayed brilliant strokes and during his knock the left-handed completed his half-century with an upper-cut over third man off Umesh Yadav. Full Scorecard: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2015 Match 19

Shikhar Dhawan provides strong support: Not often you get to see one among the two most explosive batsmen playing the role of second fiddle, only providing the one at charge ample amount of strikes. Shikhar Dhawan could as well have cut loose given the fact that Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) bowlers failed to produce any opportunity, but he let Warner do all the scoring early on. It was in the 18th over when Dhawan brought up his half-century, with the help of only three boundaries and a six. IPL 2015: Schedule with venue details

Warner, Dhawan create records: The left-handed opening pair registered their highest opening partnership for SRH, as they hit their third century partnership in IPL. Both Warner and Dhawan smashed half-centuries and they were splendid during their stay at the crease. Warner and Dhawan added 130 runs for the opening wicket, which bettered their previous record of 116, registered in IPL 2014. IPL 2015: Points Table and Team Standings

Rain plays spoilsport: While it looked like KKR had done well by not allowing the Sunrisers Hyderabad to go past the 200-run mark, the fun element had gone somewhat missing when the rains intervened. KKR had it in them to chase the original target of 178, but the revised target proved to be a little difficult. Needing 118 from 72 balls, KKR batsmen did try their best but they could not find one who would see them through. Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey played brisk innings, but their efforts were not enough despite some good hitting by all-rounder Andre Russell.

Hyderabad’s sloppy fielding: The third ball of the innings saw Uthappa getting a reprieve when KL Rahul spilled him in the slips. And then, Praveen Kumar too dropped an easy catch to get rid of the dangerous Gautam Gambhir at third man on the first ball of the third over. Combine this with the form of Dale Steyn, there were certainly some worries for Sunrisers Hyderabad early in the second innings, but they did well towards the end of the innings with the ball, to hand KKR their second loss in the season.

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)