Considering the way in which the eliminator eventually panned out, one has to pity David Warner for his heroics throughout the season. The Australian gun batsman single handedly carried his side’s onslaught with the bat but ended up losing in the eliminator in some dramatic fashion with weather playing a key role. The defending champions went into the game needing to win at all costs and replicating their performance from the 2016 IPL eliminator, also against the same side.
Up against a rejuvenated Kolkata outfit however, Sunrisers’ batting struggled as the side could only pile up 128 on board. None of the Hyderabad batsmen could get going and the Knight Riders bowled exceptionally in the significant clash. Needing an altered target of 48 from 6 overs, the two-time IPL winners eventually got to the target in the last over.
Post the loss, skipper David Warner mentioned that it wasn’t an easy wicket to bat.
“I thought we were 30 runs short,” said Warner.
“It was a tough wicket to bat on. The wicket was holding up a bit. We got no momentum. They bowled really well. Disappointing wicket, have been talking to other players from RCB. But we fell short with the bat.”
“There’s not much you can talk about . 6 overs game become niggly and the total can be low. We needed to come out with positive intent and we took three wickets upfront. Not enough runs on the board. We were good (in the tournament). We came good towards the as we did last time. We found some good talent. Key moments in some games could have gone our way,” Warner added.
“Thanks to all the people in Hyderabad that came out to support us. Without you, we wouldn’t have been here,” the southpaw concluded, on an emotional note.