IPL 2020: ‘We enjoy batting together’, says David Warner after 160-run opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow

Sunrisers Hyderabad returned to winning path as they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs to hand them their 5th defeat in IPL 2020 on Thursday.

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Jonny Bairstow (L) and David Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner and opening batsman Jonny Bairstow racked up their fifth-century stand on Thursday. They defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 69 runs at the Dubai International Stadium. In the post-match presentation, Warner who becomes the first player in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history to register 50 fifty-plus scores, said that the duo enjoys batting together.

The Aussie opener and the Englishman wicketkeeper-batsman scored 160 runs in 15 overs against KXIP, becoming the key reason behind SRH’s triumph in Dubai.

‘Don’t know why people think there’s so much hatred between two countries’: David Warner

David Warner

Warner (52) scored his 9th successive half-century against KXIP. It was their 5th century-run partnership for SRH in just 16 innings.

We love batting with each other. We pride ourselves in running hard between wickets. I don’t know why people think there’s so much hatred between the two countries! It’s going well, at the moment. I am just rotating strike for him. We enjoy batting with each other. We tried to negate the swing by coming at them (KXIP bowlers),” Warner said at the post-match presentation.

Bairstow was awarded the Man of the Match trophy for his blistering knock which includes 7 fours and 6 sixes in Dubai.

“I was pleased, obviously my third fifty, but the consistency of getting them back-to-back is key. [Batting with Warner] It’s good fun, we know what a quality player he is. I think it was his 50th fifty. That number speaks for him,” Bairstow said after the game.

Warner-led side bowled out KXIP for 136 in 16.5 overs. Rashid Khan took 3 wickets while Khaleel Ahmed and T Natrajan picked two each. Hyderabad jumped to the 3rd spot on the IPL 2020 points table. This is also their biggest win against KXIP in terms of runs.

Also read: IPL 2020 SRH vs KXIP: Twitter lauds Nicholas Pooran as he slams fastest fifty of the tournament

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