Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck blistering half-centuries to help Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) break their losing streak in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as they defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, on Wednesday.
SRH reached the 133-run target with 19 balls to spare to move to the fifth spot in the points table. Chasing the target, SRH got off to a flying start as both Warner and Bairstow continued with their rampage and scored 66 runs in 5.4 overs before the Australian was dismissed after scoring an explosive 25-ball fifty which included 10 fours.
Skipper Kane Williamson, who came in next, couldn`t stay much at the crease and was dismissed by leg-spinner Imran Tahir for 3. However, Bairstow stayed at the other end to continue his prolific run in the ongoing IPL and scored boundaries at will. The explosive England opener remained unbeaten at 61. The 44-ball inning was studded with three fours and three sixes.
The visitors surely missed the experience of M.S. Dhoni — who had to sit out because of a back injury — especially while defending the target. In Dhoni`s absence, Suresh Raina captained the side. It was for the first time since 2010 that Dhoni had missed an IPL match.