David Warner and Jonny Bairstow hit blistering half-centuries to power Sunrisers Hyderabad to a nine-wicket thumping of Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 38 of IPL 2019.
Warner made 67 off 38 balls during 131-run opening stand with Jonny Bairstow (80* off 43) to help Hyderabad chase down their target of 160 with five overs to spare.
Warner has amassed 517 runs this season. He registered his sixth fifty in this IPL and went past 500 runs for the fifth successive time in the tournament history.
"The two at the top have been doing it all season, hopefully they can continue, they were outstanding," skipper Kane Williamson said of the opening duo after the win.
Warner was bowled by debutant Prithvi Raj in the 13th over after his 67-run onslaught. Bairstow finished off the chase in style with a boundary and two sixes.
"He's (Warner) a great bloke to bat with, we run well between wickets, which helps," Bairstow, who stands behind Warner in the batting list with 445 runs in nine games, said of his partner.
"Loving every bit of my first IPL," added the wicketkeeper-batsman, who was picked by Hyderabad for $311,982 in the December auctions.
Hyderabad bowlers set up the win with paceman Khaleel Ahmed claiming three wickets to restrict Kolkata to 159 for eight after they were asked to bat first.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with two wickets including the prized scalp of Andre Russell for 15.
Chris Lynn made a 47-ball 51 while Sunil Narine smashed 25 off 8 balls. Riku Singh added 30 off 25 towards the end.