David Warner belts 24-ball half century as Sunrisers topple Super Kings in IPL

Half centuries to David Warner and Johnny Bairstow have seen the Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in the Indian Premier League this morning.

With Chennai winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Super Kings got off to the ideal start, with opening pair Shane Watson of Australia and South Africa's Faf du Plessis putting on 79 for the opening wicket.

However, three quick wickets saw Chennai slump from 79/0 to 101/5, with a stop start nature to the innings seeing the Super Kings post 132/5 from their 20 overs.

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan finished as the pick of the Sunrisers' bowlers, taking 2/17 from his four overs.

In response, Warner took to the Chennai bowling attack with disdain, reaching his half century from just 24 balls with 40 runs alone coming in boundaries.

After reaching his milestone though, Warner would be out caught by du Plessis off the bowling of India's Deepak Chahal.

Warner's dismissal saw Black Caps captain Kane Williamson arrive at the crease, although his stay was cut short by South Africa's Imran Tahir, out caught and bowled for just three from five balls.

Amid the falling wickets, England's Bairstow stood firm, reaching his half century from 39 balls, with three fours and two sixes.

When India's Vijay Shankar fell for seven, the Sunrisers still needed 28 runs from 42 balls, before Bairstow upped the tempo.

The English wicketkeeper-batsman would play the anchor role in the Sunrisers' chase, finishing unbeaten with 61 from 44 balls, dispatching the final delivery of the match into the stands for six.

Despite the win, the Sunrisers still sit fifth on the IPL ladder, with four wins and four losses. Chennai meanwhile remain top, although the Delhi Capitals have the chance to close the gap on first place when they take on the Mumbai Indians tomorrow morning NZT.

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