IPL 2020: Saha, Warner blitz take Sunrisers Hyderabad to 219

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Filed on October 27, 2020
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Wriddhiman Saha (right) and David Warner fist bump during the match against the Delhi Capitals in Dubai on Tuesday night. BCCI/IPL

The openers score half centuries

Wriddhiman Saha had a belated birthday celebration while David Warner ushered in his as the Sunrisers Hyderabad put up a stiff total against the Delhi Capitals in Dubai on Tuesday night.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Saha, who replaced Jonny Bairstow in the line-up and was sent in to open the batting, and skipper Warner coshed half-centuries as the 2016 champions compiled 219-2 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Saha, who turned 36 last Saturday, fired his way to a 45-ball 87 in which he smoked 12 boundaries and two sixes. It was his first half-century of the season and the seventh of his IPL career.

Warner, meanwhile, ushered in his 34th birthday in style by smashing his way to a 34-ball 66, his 47th IPL fifty, and third of the season.

Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 44 from 31 balls with four boundaries and a six.

The Delhi Capitals have arguably one of the best bowling attacks this season but Saha and Warner made them look average by sending them on a leather hunt.

The pair put their roller skates on and zipped away to 77 for no loss in the powerplay, the highest powerplay score this season. And Warner became the only player so far to strike a fifty in the powerplay in this edition when he reached 54. He went past the 42 scored by Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same venue.

The openers put on 107 before the Delhi Capitals finally got the breakthrough. Warner couldn’t quite get a hold of an R Ashwin delivery and holed out to Axar Patel at extra cover.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad had reached 113 for one in 10 overs and Saha ensured they didn’t slag off.

Saha and Manish Pandey then stitched together a 63-run partnership for the second wicket. Saha’s knock came to an end when he was caught at mid-off by captain Shreyas Iyer off Anrich Nortje.

Pandey and Kane Williamson, who had come in for Priyam Garg, then carried on from the solid foundation laid by Saha and Warner.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 219-2 in 20 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 87, David Warner 66, Manish Pandey 44 not out) vs Delhi Capitals.


Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Kane Williamson, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.

Delhi Capitals: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tushar Deshpande.

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