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Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 4 wickets
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162/7 - 20/20 ov
SRH
163/6 - 19.2/20 ov
Qualifier 2, Delhi

Another epic encounter at this VIVO IPL! David Warner was simply world class tonight, and the only two batsmen who can live with him in this form are AB and Kohli. Funnily enough, they all merge together for Sunday's Final. If they all find their groove, coupled with the Gayle storm blowing into town, we could genuinely see records tumble at a speed faster than any Dhoni helicopter or any F1 car at top speed! Please make sure you join us on Sunday, as I get the feeling the Chinnaswamy is going to produce one of those "I was there" games. Until then, rest easy, be safe, and see you for the Super Sunday!

MoM: David Warner

Warner: "It's a brilliant feeling. I knew if one of us was in at the end, we could get there. A lot of credit goes to Bipul to come in and did that job. He's been bowling well and his work ethic has been fantastic. The way he came in and batted was fantastic. It's a team game. It's about going out there and playing the way I do. We're a chasing side and it was my turn to get the team through tonight. There was a few emotions out there. You need to keep trying to take wickets, and as a batting unit, sticking together. We're going to come back strong against RCB in the Final. They've been playing fantastic. Virat Kohli - what a player! For us, it's about doing what we do best and coming up with a game plan."

Raina: "David Warner batted really well. Credit to them. Shivil bowled really well in patches. 160 was a decent score. It was an enjoyable campaign for us. Thanks to our fans and our support stuff. Good luck to RCB and Sunrisers in the Final. Hodge gave me a lot of freedom to express myself as a captain."

Match Report: A David Warner solo effort helped Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat the Gujarat Lions by four wickets in Qualifier 2 and earn a passage to the VIVO IPL 2016 Final. Set to chase 163, SRH were powered by their captain, who finished with an unbeaten 93 and got the job done.

Warner picked up boundaries in each of the first five overs and raced to 25 from 18 balls. By that time though, he had already lost the company of Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques. Before the halfway mark, Yuvraj Singh had also returned to the dressing room, having picked out the long off fielder after scoring 8.

The SRH skipper took it upon himself to do the job for his team. Despite wickets falling at the other end, the Australian played his natural game; he continued to find the boundaries regularly. He had hit seven boundaries and a six by the time he reached his half-century in the eleventh over. He didn’t get too much of the strike in the next few overs, but when he did, he generally found the boundary and ensured the required run rate was kept in check. In the thirteenth over, he deposited one into the stand at midwicket, and in the fifteenth over put away Dwayne Smith for a six and a boundary off consecutive deliveries.

Warner found an able ally in Bipul Sharma after Naman Ojha had played a reckless shot to hole out to midwicket in the sixteenth over. Together, Warner and Sharma, added 46 runs in 3.3 overs to take their team past the finish line; the latter was the dominant partner in the partnership, contributing 27 from 11 balls (studded with three sixes), while Warner contributed 19 from 10 balls. Apart from hitting the boundaries and sixes, the pair also scampered between the wickets like hares to pick up five braces. The SRH skipper remained undefeated on 93; he hit 11 boundaries and three sixes in his 58-ball outing. SRH got past the target with four balls to spare, with the skipper fittingly scoring the winning runs.

For the Gujarat Lions, the chinaman bowler Shivil Kaushik was the best bowler; he and Dwayne Bravo picked up two wickets each, while Dwayne Smith accounted for the wicket of Dwayne Smith.

Earlier in the evening, put in to bat, the Gujarat Lions’ struggles with their top-order continued. After losing opener Eklavya Dwivedi and skipper Suresh Raina for single-digit scores, the Gujarat Lions got to a competitive total, thanks mainly to Aaron Finch’s timely half-century. The Australian, who was dismissed for single-digit scores in his last two innings, walked out to bat in the ninth over with his team at 63 for 3. He hit a four and a six early on before Barinder Sran put down a regulation opportunity in the twelfth over.

Finch made SRH pay for that lapse in the outfield, scoring his fifth half-century of the season. When he was given width, he slapped the ball through the off-side, and on one occasion swung his bat hard to deposit the ball into the stands beyond long off. When the bowlers banged the ball in short, he stood back in the crease and muscled the ball through the leg-side. On one occasion, he deposited the ball into the stands at midwicket and one one other occasion he upper cut the ball to the thirdman boundary. He got to 50 with the aid of seven boundaries and two sixes. In the 18th over, he charged down the ground and attempted to hit one out of the ground, but only managed to drag the full toss from Ben Cutting on to his pads and onto his stumps.

Finch had good company from Ravindra Jadeja, who remained unbeaten on 19 (15 balls); the sixth wicket pair added 51 runs in 4.5 overs and were chiefly responsible in taking the Lions past the 150-run mark. Brendon McCullum (32 from 29 balls), Dinesh Karthik (26 from 19 balls) and Dwayne Bravo (20 from 10 balls) were the other noteworthy contributors. The Gujarat Lions finished with 162-7; they scored 38-2 in the Powerplay overs, 71-3 in the middle nine overs and finished with a flourish, adding 53-2 in the final five.

For Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were without the injured Mustafizur Rahman, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ben Cutting picked up two wickets apiece, while Trent Boult – playing his first match of the season – and Bipul Sharma picked up a wicket each.

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 4 wickets

End of Over 20 - 5 runs SRH 163/6
David Warner93* (58b 11x4 3x6)
Bipul Sharma*27* (11b 3x6)

Four! He's done it! What a special innings! Slapped through point again and Sunrisers are through!

19.2 P Kumar to D Warner, one run, 93.41 km/h good length on off stump.

Four! Guided through point and that's four. Scores level!

19.1 P Kumar to D Warner, FOUR, 128.33 km/h full length going down leg.

5 required off the final over. Praveen Kumar to bowl it. Warner on strike. He looks like a man on a mission!

End of Over 19 - 19 runs SRH 158/6
Bipul Sharma27* (11b 3x6)
David Warner*88* (56b 10x4 3x6)

Six! Bipul Sharma, you utter monster! Takes on the death overs king and launches him out of the ground!

18.6 DJ Bravo to B Sharma, SIX, 112.29 km/h full length on middle stump.

Slapped out to extra cover, just for a single

18.5 DJ Bravo to D Warner, one run, 114.01 km/h full toss on off stump.

Four! Clever by Warner. Waits for the slower ball and guides through point for four

18.4 DJ Bravo to D Warner, FOUR, 107.17 km/h short length outside off stump.

Full toss slapped through point and that's brilliant from Finch. 16 off 9

18.3 DJ Bravo to D Warner, two runs, 138.07 km/h full toss just outside off stump.

Scampered for two! Someon's lost a glove, Bipul I think!

18.2 DJ Bravo to D Warner, two runs, 108.35 km/h good length going down leg.

Four! Warner throws the hands at it, gets a thick outside edge and it runs past Praveen for four

18.1 DJ Bravo to D Warner, FOUR, 107.17 km/h short length outside off stump.

24 required off 12. Bravo to bowl the penultimate over. The scores are identical at this stage.

End of Over 18 - 10 runs SRH 139/6
Bipul Sharma21* (10b 2x6)
David Warner*75* (51b 8x4 3x6)
17.6 D Kulkarni to B Sharma, two runs, 137.22 km/h full toss just outside off stump.

Six! The bare faced cheek! Bipul casually walks down the track and flicks it over fine leg

17.5 D Kulkarni to B Sharma, SIX, 135.98 km/h full toss outside off stump.
17.4 D Kulkarni to D Warner, one run, 136.98 km/h full toss outside off stump.
17.3 D Kulkarni to D Warner, no run, 136.59 km/h full length outside off stump.
17.2 D Kulkarni to B Sharma, one run, 140.06 km/h full length outside off stump.
17.1 D Kulkarni to B Sharma, no run, 139.8 km/h full length outside off stump.
End of Over 17 - 11 runs SRH 129/6
David Warner74* (49b 8x4 3x6)
Bipul Sharma*12* (6b 1x6)
16.6 P Kumar to D Warner, no run, 127.25 km/h full length going down leg.
16.5 P Kumar to B Sharma, one run, 100.55 km/h short length on middle stump.
16.4 P Kumar to B Sharma, two runs, 128.39 km/h full length just outside off stump.

Six! Bipul goes big! He did this against KKR last time out! Smashed over long off and it's six

16.3 P Kumar to B Sharma, SIX, 129.01 km/h full length just outside off stump.
16.2 P Kumar to B Sharma, two runs, 126.65 km/h full length on middle stump.
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