Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner scored his ninth successive half-century against Kings XI Punjab. The opener was at his best alongside Jonny Bairstow as the pair steamrolled the KXIP bowling attack en route their 5th 100 run opening stand in just 16 innings.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, David Warner was in full flow to guide the side to a comfortable start. Kings XI Punjab’s changes failed to deliver a breakthrough following the opening pair sheer dominance from the very first over.
Warner made his presence known despite playing the anchor role with Bairstow being in supreme touch out in the middle. Bairstow brought up his half-century in the tenth over while Warner had to wait until the 14th over to bring up his 50th score above 50 in the IPL and also the ninth successive fifty against KXIP.
The stretch of nine consecutive fifties against a single opponent is the highest by any batsman in the IPL. Warner dominates the list having already registered seven half-centuries in a row against RCB from 2014-16. The opener had also scored five fifties in a row against CSK from 2014-19.
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After bringing up their hundred run stand, the pair proceeded to take their partnership to the 150-run mark as well.
Warner was eventually dismissed for 57 off Ravi Bishnoi in the 16th over after failing to connect a slog sweep. The opener’s 40-ball knock included five fours and a six.
Jonny Bairstow currently remains unbeaten at 97 and is joined by pinch hitter Abdul Samad with the score at 160-1 with 4.5 overs remaining.
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