Jonny Bairstow cracked a third score of fifty or more in this year's IPL as his unbeaten 80 off 43 balls fired Sunrisers Hyderabad to a convincing nine-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.
Bairstow is the second-highest run scorer in this year's tournament - his debut campaign - having tallied 445 runs from nine innings, with a 63.57 average and blistering 158.36 strike rate.
Bairstow trails only team-mate and fellow opening partner David Warner in terms of runs scored (517), and Warner too hit another fifty for Sunrisers against KKR - the pair's fourth century stand together.
Warner smashed five sixes and three fours on his way to a 38-ball 67. In nine IPL innings in 2019, Warner has failed to hit fifty only twice.
Warner and Bairstow put on 131 together inside 13 overs before the former finally succumbed, bowled by Prithvi Raj. But Bairstow comfortably guided Sunrisers to their 160-run target with five overs to spare - finishing things off in style with his seventh boundary and then back-to-back sixes (his third and fourth).
Earlier, left-armer Khaleel Ahmed (3-33) impressed for Sunrisers as they did well to restrict Kolkata to 159-8, especially after Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine got the Knight Riders off to a stunning start.
The pair had fired a massive 42 from the opening 2.3 overs before Narine (25 off eight) departed - bowled by Ahmed - when looking for one boundary too many.
Lynn (51 off 47) continued on through to his half-century, but steadily tumbled at the other end and Surnisers' star legspinner Rashid Khan (1-23) helped stem the flow of runs to leave KKR with a well below-par score.
The win sees Sunrisers up into fourth position and a playoff spot, with five wins from nine, while the Knight Riders slip back into sixth after a sixth loss in 10, and fifth in a row.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore kept alive their slim playoff hopes with a thrilling, final-ball win over MS Dhoni's table-topping Chennai Super Kings, despite Dhoni's stunning 84 not out off 48 balls.
RCB lost each of their opening six games in the tournament, but have now won three of their last four and a second-straight thanks to their nervy, one-run beating of Chennai.
Parthiv Patel struck 53 off 37 balls at the top of the order as Bangalore posted 161-7 from their 20 overs, before Dale Steyn (2-29) and Umesh Yadav (2-47) helped reduce CSK to 28-4 within the first six overs of their reply.
But, in came Dhoni, and his breathtaking knock - featuring five fours and seven massive sixes - took the game down to the final over, albeit with a lofty 26 runs still required.
Three of Dhoni's sixes, including one that cleared the roof of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, came in that final Yadav over, leaving the Super Kings with just two to win from the final ball.
But RCB held their nerve, with Patel again making the difference - throwing down the stumps to run out Shardul Thakur - to clinch a stunning victory that takes them to within four points of Sunrishers in the fourth and final playoff spot, having played a game more.
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