Australians at the IPL: David Warner times it right, Steven Smith departs and two big names dropped

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Pat Cummins hit form in the final stretch but it wasn't quite enough for KKR as David Warner's team put together three wins on the bounce
The group stage of the IPL is completed which means the end of the road for some of the Australians on display, while a few retain hope of getting their hands on the prize. Here's how the final qualifying matches played out for them

Warner times it right

Another IPL and another consistent performance from David Warner, if not quite at the levels of his previous three editions in 2016, 2017 and 2019. He has come to the fore in the final week as Sunrisers Hyderabad strung together three consecutive wins to nab the final qualifying spot. He thrashed 66 off 34 balls against Delhi Capitals followed by an unbeaten 85 off 58 balls which powered them to a decisive 10-wicket victory against Mumbai Indians. The opening stand with Wriddhiman Saha certainly clicked, after the previously pairing with Jonny Bairstow was broken up, as they added 107 and 151 in the space of three matches.

Cummins' late surge as KKR fall short

Pat Cummins took three times as many wickets in his last four matches as he managed in the first 10, but a Player-of-the-Match performance in the last group match - where he took 4 for 34 - against Rajasthan Royals, which included the wicket of Steven Smith, was not enough for Kolkata Knight Riders when SRH won their final match. His spell did not start in the best way, with the first five balls going for 19, before Robin Uthappa picked out deep square. In his next over he had Ben Stokes brilliantly caught behind then nabbed Smith. Given three consecutive overs in the Powerplay a short ball removed Riyan Parag to leave the Royals 37 for 5.…
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