Moises Henriques scored a 28-ball 55 not out    AFP
Moises Henriques scored a 28-ball 55 not out AFP

Moises Henriques quickfire unbeaten half-century powered Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a competitive 176 for 3 against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), in the Match No. 24 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tournament. Put in to bat first, Sunrisers Hyderabad did find scoring slightly tough in patches but an in-form top four ensured a tough ask for the Steven Smith-led side, which is currently languishing at the bottom of the IPL 2017 Points Table. David Warner scored a 40-ball 43, whereas Shikhar Dhawan got almost a run-a-ball 30. For RPS, Jaydev Unadkat, Dan Christian and Imran Tahir claimed one wicket each. FULL CRICKET SCORES: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2017 Match 24

Sunrisers Hyderabad were off to a rather slow but steady start. Warner and Dhawan did not look to attack in the first three overs at least, but opened up after settling in nicely at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. After being hit for a boundary in the first over, Rising Pune Supergiant brought on Washington Sundar in to the attack, who bowled a couple of tight overs to begin with. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2017 Match 24

Dhawan was the more aggressive of the two, making sure to hit a boundary at least off the initial four overs. Warner, on the other hand, looked content with singles. It was only on the final two balls of the sixth over that Warner opened up, clobbering two consecutive fours off Shardul Thakur to get a move-on.

It was in the ninth over when Rising Pune Supergiant got a breakthrough. Having elected to bowl after winning the toss, RPS hoped that a strong breeze would help the fast bowlers. While the breeze proved to be of no help to the quick bowlers, Imran Tahir was lucky to have his first wicket on the very first ball of his spell.

A short all dropped in front of Dhawan was enough to entice the batsman to pull it away over deep midwicket for a six, but it was hit against the breeze and the ball did not travel the distance the batsman had wanted it to. Dhawan found Rahul Tripathi positioned in the region, who claimed an easy catch at the end. Dhawan departed after scoring a 29-ball 30 with 5 boundaries.

Williamson batted ahead of Moises Henriques and showed glimpse of form once again when he pulled Shardul for a six over deep fine leg. In the same over, Williamson also collected a boundary to make it 13 off the over. However, Williamson was done in on a slower one from Dan Christian, who bowled a terrific couple of overs in the middle stages to now allow the SRH batsmen to collect quick runs. By the end of the 13th over, SRH did not even have 100 on the board.

Henriques joined Warner in the 13th over. The two batsmen looked to garner quick runs, and singles were converted into doubles. Henriques smacked two consecutive boundaries off Shardul in the next over to begin with, and Warner opened up too.

On a full toss from Tahir which was eventually called a no-ball for height, Warner switched to smash it over what would have been deep square leg for a right-hander, in the next over.

However, the switch-hit did not work for the second time when Warner tried executing it against Jaydev Unadkat. Warner missed to connect, and the ball crashed into his wickets in the 17th over.

Having reached 65 for 1 halfway through, Sunrisers Hyderabad did well to add another 111 runs in the final 10 overs. Henriques, who had dropped down in the batting order to make way for the in-form Williamson, stroked his way to an unbeaten 55. Henriques faced a mere 28 balls to smack 6 boundaries and 2 sixes towards the end. Deepak Hooda also chipped in with a four and a six to score 8-ball 14 not out.

For RPS, who used six bowlers, Christian returned with the figures of 4-0-20-1 whereas Tahir claimed 1 for 23 off his four overs. Sundar, who had replaced Rahul Chahar, remained wicketless in his spell of 3-0-19-0.

Yuvraj Singh missed out on this game as he is sick.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 176 for 3 in 20 overs (David Warner 43, Shikhar Dhawan 30, Moises Henriques 55*; Dan Christian 1 for 20, Imran Tahir 1 for 23) vs Rising Pune Supergiant.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2017 Match 24