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IPL 2019

David Warner and Rashid Khan script crucial win to give Sunrisers edge in playoffs race

David Warner Monday struck a scintillating 81 to seal a victory for his side in his last Indian Premier League game before heading to the World Cup.

Warner's knock off 56 balls powered Hyderabad to a 45-run win over Kings XI Punjab after posting a mammoth 212 for six which helped his side’s chances for the playoffs.

The left-handed opener ended the T20 tournament while sitting on top of the batting chart with 692 runs including eight fifties and a century in 12 innings.

"It's obviously great to get out there and do your job properly," Warner said after receiving the man of the match award.

"The ground staff have worked tirelessly to prepare good wickets and then it's about going back to basics and backing your instincts," he added.

Warner said he worked hard on his game during the suspension period and the results are there see.

"I think it just goes back to being still as a batsman. I get the tendency to moving around a bit if there have been a few dots. But I have worked hard over the last few months, said Warner.

"Just put the bat down and tried to be the best man I can be, the best husband I can be and that's worked for me."

Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan also played a hand in his side’s victory after returning figures of 3-21 and restrict Punjab to 167-8.

KL Rahul top-scored with 79 off 56 deliveries but stood alone in his run-chase.

The duo of Bairstow and Warner gave the team many blazing starts including IPL's best ever opening stand of 185.

"They have been world class throughout this whole campaign for us and put us in really strong positions," said Williamson, who will captain New Zealand in the World Cup.

"There is still lot of work to do. It has to be a collective effort. Very hard to fill someone's boot directly, (but) the team will have to pick up some slack and perform our roles like any other day."