Warner at his ruthless best with another IPL rout
David Warner has smashed 67 off 38 balls to bag his seventh half-century in nine IPL outings and help Sunrisers Hyderabad steamroll the Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets.
Warner hit five sixes and three boundaries in a ruthless, 147-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow (80 not out) in Kolkata on Sunday.
New Zealand international Kane Williamson (eight off nine) also helped them chase down their target of 159 with 30 balls to spare.
It was Hyderabad's second-biggest win in terms of wickets and overs left to play.
The Australian batsman maintained his place as the IPL's top scorer with 517 runs, with his English batting partner on 445.
Eventually Prithvi Raj's slower delivery down the middle got under Warner's bat and hit the stumps in the 12th over, but by then the Sunrisers were already on 131 and well on the way to victory.
Earlier in the match, Kolkata opener Chris Lynn made his own, slower half- century, hitting 51 off 47 balls.
The Australian's partner Sunil Narine also chipped in with a tidy 25 off eight. But Lynn seemed to set the pace for the sluggish Knight Riders, who never really got out of the blocks.
Sunrisers bowlers Khaleel Ahmed (3-33) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-35) made short work off Kolkata's middle order, the former winning man of the match. Sandeep Sharma (1-37) and Rashid Khan (1-23) also helped to keep the Knight Riders within target range.
The win takes Hyderabad into fourth place on the ladder, while Kolkata are in sixth with their own chances of a top four finish in trouble.
In Sunday's late match Marcus Stoinis' Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Shane Watson's Chennai Super Kingsby one run in a nailbiter in Bengaluru.
Parthiv Patel top scored for Bangalore with 53 off 37 as the home side set the ladderleaders a target of 162.
Stoinis was caught on 14 at the boundary by a diving Faf du Plessis, who relayed the ball back to Dhruv Shorey to stop the six and ensure the wicket.
In the run chase Watson was caught on five by Stoinis off a Dale Steyn delivery in the first over, as the Super Kings slumped to 4-28 at the six-over mark. Ambati Rayudu (29) put on a 55-run stand with MS Dhoni, who went on to smash an unbeaten 84 from 48 balls, scoring a whopping 24 runs in the final over.
It wasn't enough for the Super Kings, with batting partner Shardul Thakur run out on the last ball needing two runs for victory.
DHONI BLITZ IN VAIN AS CHENNAI LOSE
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's swashbuckling 84 went in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore edged past Chennai Super Kings in a last-ball thriller on Sunday to keep their play-off hopes alive in the Indian Premier League.
Dhoni almost pulled off Chennai's chase of 161 as he smashed five fours and seven sixes in his 48-ball blitz only to see his team lose by one run in Bangalore in the Twenty20 tournament.
With defending champions Chennai needing 26 off the last over, Dhoni hit a four and three sixes but missed the final ball from paceman Umesh Yadav and ran to get runs through byes.
Bangalore wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, who top-scored with 53 in his team's 161-7, hit the stumps to run out Shardul Thakuras Virat Kohli's side managed to win their third game.