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IPL 2019: David Warner's blistering fifty helps Hyderabad beat Rajasthan by 5 wickets

Hyderabad batsman David Warner. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 30, 2019, 12.06 AM (IST)

Hyderabad's star batsman David Warner struck a blistering fifty as his side defeated Rajasthan by five wickets to register their first win in the ongoing edition Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday. 

Opting to bat, Rajasthan posted a mammoth total of 198 runs with the help of Sanju Samson's second IPL century but his ton went in vain, as chasing a mammoth 199-run target, Warner set up the platform for Hyderabad with a breezy 69 off 37 balls and together with Jonny Bairstow (45 off 28) added a century stand for the opening wicket to spoil Rajasthan's day. 

Apart from Warner, skipper Kane Williamson (14) and Vijay Shankar (35 off 15) played aggressively to bring down the equation within reach but three quick wickets, that too in consecutive balls of Shreyas Gopal (3/27) in the 16th over, changed the complexion of the game. 

But Yusuf Pathan (16 not out) and Rashid Khan (15 not out) played sensibly to overwhelm the target with ease.

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In the first innings, Rahane led from the front with 49-ball 70 and together with Samson shared 119 runs for the second wicket to set the base for the total. 

Introduced into the attack in the fourth over, Rashid (1/24) struck with only his second ball, cleaning up Jos Buttler around his legs.

After Buttler's dismissal, skipper Rahane was joined at the crease by Samson and the duo played cautiously without taking any undue risk to take Rajasthan forward. 

Rahane registered his first fifty of the ongoing IPL in 38 balls while Samson brought up his half-century in 34 deliveries as the duo raised 100-run stand for the second wicket in 65 balls.