Birthday boy David Warner produced a vintage knock which generated the best PowerPlay score of the 2020 Indian Premier League and revived Sunrisers Hyderabad’s play-offs hopes on Tuesday night.
The Australian left-hander, who turned 34 on Tuesday, lost the toss but was pleased to find out Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer had sent them in to bat.
Saha carried on after Warner’s exit for 66, with the Indian opener making 87 from 45 and earning Player of the Match, while Manish Pandey added 44no from 31 balls to help them reach 2-219.
Delhi were never in the hunt in reply, bowled out for 131, with Rashid Khan taking an electric 3-7 from his four overs, after they slumped to 2-14 following the early losses of Shikhar Dhawan (0) and Marcus Stoinis (5).
“Tonight, as I said at the toss, I was looking to bat first,” Warner said.
“Losing the toss I wasn’t disappointed. We had to take their fast bowlers on. I’ve decided to go back to 2009 and open the front leg a little bit and clear these grounds.”
Sunrisers opted to leave out Jonny Bairstow, who has made 345 runs in 11 innings this season, with Jason Holder, Kane Williamson and Rashid along with Warner picked as their internationals.
“It was a very tough call, with Jase playing as well as he has. We felt that inclusion of Kane at four would work out,” Warner explained.
Hyderabad are now sixth with a 5-7 record, while Delhi remain third at 7-5, with both sides having two games to play.
Iyer said: “It’s definitely a big loss, but you can’t get bogged down at this point of time. We still have two games.
“One win is all we need - we’ve been waiting for that since the last three games. This loss is definitely going to motivate us.”