Kane Williamson’s sedate half-century set up Sunrisers Hyderabad’s win over Gujarat Titans by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League.
Gujarat’s first loss in four matches came after it posted 7-162 and Hyderabad finished with 2-168 and five balls to spare on Monday.
Williamson scored 57 off 46 balls until he was out in the 17th over, after which Nicholas Pooran hit out with 34 off 18 including the winning six over backward square leg and into the upper deck of DY Patil Stadium.
The victory was Hyderabad’s second straight after two losses to start the IPL.
Williamson and Abhishek Sharma, 42 off 32, put on 64 runs for the first wicket but they were batting slower compared to Gujarat.
Williamson and Rahul Tripathi then put on another 65 for the second wicket until Tripathi retired hurt owing to cramps after scoring 11 off 11 balls.
Pooran replaced Tripathi and Williamson stepped on the gas. He reached his half-century off 42 balls, then fell to Hardik Pandya going for a fifth six.
Pooran finished up.
“We knew we had to build partnerships,” he said. “The wicket was challenging as it was two-paced. We restricted them really well: 160-odd on that wicket was fabulous and all our bowlers did their part.”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of Gujarat’s in-form Shubman Gill on 7, while tearaway pacer Umran Malik trapped Matthew Wade on 19.
Gujarat was down to 64-3 with Hardik Pandya holding anchor in the middle. He scored 50 not out off 42 balls, including four fours and a six.
Pandya put on 40 runs for the fourth wicket with David Miller, and 50 off 32 balls with Abhinav Manohar. Manohar smacked 35 off 21 balls, including five fours and a six.
But the Titans’ inability to produce a final flourish cost them.