IPL 2020: Enjoy batting with Jonny Bairstow, says David Warner after 160-run opening partnership

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Jonny Bairstow and David Warner's mammoth opening partnership worth 160 runs helped Sunrisers Hyderabad return to winning ways in IPL 2020 on Thursday.

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Jonny Bairstow scored 97 while David Warner made 52 in their 160-run standThis was Bairstow and Warner's 5th 100-run partnership in the Indian Premier LeagueWarner's 46th IPL fifty was also his 9th in succession against Kings XI Punjab

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Jonny Bairstow and David Warner already hold the record for the highest opening partnership in the Indian Premier League and those two were at it again on Thursday in Match 22 against Kings XI Punjab.

The English wicketkeeper-batsman and the Aussie opener combined to add 160 in 15 overs against KXIP which was the main reason behind SRH-s 69-run victory in Dubai.

Bairstow outscored Warner (52) with 97 but it was the SRH captain who maintained his hot streak against KXIP, scoring his 9th successive half-century. It was their 5th century-run partnership for SRH in just 16 innings, which is one short of what SRH openers Shikhar Dhawan and Warner managed before the latter left for Delhi Capitals.

"We love batting with each other. We pride ourselves in running hard between wickets. I don't know why people think there's so much hatred between the two countries! It's going well, at the moment.

"I am just rotating strike for him. We enjoy batting with each other. We tried to negate the swing by coming at them (KXIP bowlers)," Warner said at the post-match presentation.

Bairstow was awarded the player of the match trophy for his match-winning knock which was laced with 7 fours and 6 sixes at the Dubai International Stadium.

"I was pleased, obviously my third fifty, but the consistency of getting them back-to-back is key. [Batting with Warner] It's good fun, we know what a quality player he is. I think it was his 50th fifty. That number speaks for him," Bairstow said after the game.

SRH bowled out KIP for 136 in 16.5 overs with Rashid Khan grabbing 3 wickets while Khaleel Ahmed and T Natarajan took 2 each for the 2016 champions. They climbed to the 3rd position on the table after this result, which is also their biggest win over KXIP in terms of runs.

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