David Warner storm swept Gujarat Lions, Sunrisers Hyderabad into IPL 2016 finals


New Delhi: Skipper David Warner produced a majestic 93 as he single-handedly led Sunrisers Hyderabad into the IPL final after securing a four-wicket win over Gujarat Lions in the Qualifier 2, here on Friday. Chasing a score 163, Sunrisers finished the target with four balls left. A responsible innings played by captain Warner 58-ball knock, embellished with 11 four and three sixes. While maximum Sunrisers batsmen cut a sorry figure, Warner showed his class and super cool temperament as he never let the innings fall apart. Wickets kept falling but Warner had dug his heels and found amazing support in Bipul Sharma, who came up with a sizzling unbeaten 27-run knock under pressure.

Bipul, who had also troubled rival batsmen when Lions batted, took pressure off his captain with his timely big shots. His sixes off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni played a crucial role in turning the tide in Sunrisers' favour.Bipul, who played for India A in 2010, always had batting credentials but today was the day to show his worth as he added 33 runs with Warner in their unfinished partnership for the seventh wicket. Needing 5 runs off last over, Warner blasted a four in the first ball off Praveen Kumar to level the scores and then took a single to finish the match comfortably.

Earlier, Aaron Finch (50) rescued his side with a fighting half-century, leading Gujarat to a competitive 162 for seven with useful contribution from Brendon McCullum (32), Dinesh Karthik (26) and Dwayne Bravo (20).

Hyderabad will now challenge Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday as the two teams will compete for their first ever IPL title. Both the team were ready.