David Warner - One man army! Image: IPLT20
Captain David Warner's blistering knock of 93 not out helped Sunrisers Hyderabad overcome Gujarat Lions by four wickets in the second qualifier to enter the final of the Indian Premier League. (Read: Highlights of IPL Q2)
After Aaron Finch's 32-ball 50 lifted Gujarat to 162/7, Warner singlehandedly drove his team past the target as he forged a 46-run unbroken stand with Bipul Sharma (27 not out off 11 balls) for the seventh wicket. Warner, who hit 11 fours and three sixes in his 58-ball stay, ran out of support and his side was reduced to 117/6 in 15.5 overs. But Bipul played a perfect foil to Warner as the duo stunned Gujarat to help Hyderabad enter the final for the first time.
In the final, Hyderabad will meet Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday in Bengaluru.
Earlier, Australian right-hander Finch registered his fifth century of the tournament, even when Gujarat Lions kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Hyderabad suffered a big blow before the start of the match as left-arm medium pacer Mustafizur Rahman was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Filling in for the Bangladeshi, Kiwi paceman Trent Boult contributed handsomely, taking a wicket and being involved in two other wickets.
Medium pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/27) and Ben Cutting (2/20) also stepped up and contributed significantly.
(With inputs from IANS)