Australian Test vice-captain David Warner’s unbeaten 69 set up an eight-wicket win for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and with it boosted their hopes of a top-two finish.
Warner carried the bat in his 52-ball knock, steadying the ship after the early wickets of opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Australian teammate Moises Henriques (4) in the third over.
The opener shared an unbroken 133-run stand with Vijay Shankar to successfully chase down Gujarat’s total of 154.
Ishan Kishan top-scored for the Lions with 61 after sharing a 111-run opening partnership with Dwayne Smith. Big-hitting Australian Aaron Finch was dismissed for 2 by Rashid Khan in the 14th over as a late collapse saw Gujarat all out for 153 with four balls remaining in their innings.
James Faulkner fared little better than Finch, making eight before falling to Mohammed Siraj.
Henriques’ solitary over was expensive, going for 12 runs while Siraj (4-32) was the best of the Sunrisers’ bowlers.
In Saturday’s second IPL clash Mumbai Indians secured top spot on the ladder with a nine-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chris Lynn helped Kolkata, chasing 174 for victory, to recover after losing his opening partner without scoring on the fourth ball of Tim Southee’s opening over.
Mitchell Johnson had the next wicket when he had Gautam Gambhir caught on 21.
Lynn made 26 off 14 balls before being caught off Vinay Kumar.
Consistent wickets saw the Knight Riders’ run rate taper off somewhat and they finished on 8-164.
Mumbai had posted 5-173, headlined by Ambati Rayudu’s 61.