Sunrisers Hyderabad came back to winning ways after overcoming Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday. By the virtue of this win, the 'Orange Army' have now jumped to the fourth spot in the points table after registering six wins from 12 games with 12 points and have thereby, kept their playoff hopes alive. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab have dropped down to the sixth position after this loss.
Even though this was a confidence-boosting victory for SRH but at the same time, it was an emotional one as well. This is because it was the 'Orange Army's' final home game of this season and one of their most reliable players David Warner had also played his final game of this season. Warner would now be going back to join the Australian team for the World Cup preparations. Last week, his opening partner Jonny Bairstow had also departed to England for serving the national team.
The destructive Australian opening batsman came forward to give a farewell speech to his fans as his team-mate Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned the cameraman.
"I am just very grateful for the opportunity to come here again and participate in the IPL. They have been very good to me and my family over the years. We can't thank them enough for their generosity", said Warner.
Warner who had led SRH to an IPL triumph in 2016 also thanked the fans.
"You guys are the backbone of our team. You guys always come out and support us in numbers and we really appreciate it. Please keep making some noise for us because the boys can hear you."
This interview was posted on Twitter. Watch it here.
The former SRH skipper who is also a two-time 'Orange Cap' winner is one of the top contenders to win it in this season as well. The southpaw has scored 692 runs in 12 games at a strike rate of 143.86 including eight half-centuries and a century. He played a match-winning knock of a 56-ball 87 at a strike rate of 144.67 against Kings XI Punjab. His explosive knock included seven boundaries and two maximums which helped SRH post a huge total of 121/6 in their 20 overs.