DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A 160-run opening stand between Jonny Bairstow and captain David Warner helped Sunrisers Hyderabad overwhelm Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs in the Indian Premier League on Thursday.
Bairstow, on 97, and Warner, on 52, were out in the same 16th over. Hyderabad faded at the end but reached 201-6, passing 200 for the first time this season.
Kings XI's reply never really got started, only Nicholas Pooran putting up a fight with a 37-ball 77, but nobody could stay with him. They were all out for 132 in the 17th over, losing a fourth straight time.
Hyderabad handled its first match without injured spearhead bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar with aplomb, evening its win-loss record at 3-3.
Bairstow was dropped on 19. He plundered two sixes off Ravi Bishnoi's first over, two sixes in an over off Glenn Maxwell, and two more sixes off Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the 14th, bringing up his and Warner's second 150-run stand in the IPL, both against Kings XI.
Bairstow's third fifty in six matches deserved to become a century after six sixes and seven boundaries but he was struck on the back leg and out lbw after facing 55 deliveries.
Just three balls beforehand, Warner mishit a slog sweep straight to Maxwell on the boundary. His 52 came from 40 balls.
The legspinner Bishnoi, who conceded 28 off his first over, finished with three wickets, and medium-pacer Arshdeep Singh a couple.
Kings XI's Mayank Agarwal was run out by his opening partner Lokesh Rahul in the second over, and the team's challenge went downhill.
Pooran went in at 31-2, hit a boundary off his first delivery, and a six off his fifth. He smashed 18-year-old legspinner Abdul Samad for 6-4-6-6-6-0 to reach the fastest fifty in this IPL, off 17 balls.
But he saw teammates Maxwell run out on 5, Mandeep Singh bowled on 6, and Mujeeb edge behind on 1.
Pooran's luck run out against legspinner Rashid Khan, giving up a thick edge. He was the seventh man out after an entertaining 77 off 37 balls, including seven sixes and five boundaries.
Mohammed Shami was out lbw on the next ball for a duck, and Khan finished with outstanding figures of 4-1-12-3.
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