The old saying ‘catches win matches’ was once again proven right by Delhi Daredevils’ batsman Karun Nair. He was on 51 when David Warner dropped a fairly easy catch and Nair took full advantage of that as he played a match winning knock of 83 from just 59 balls. The win was Delhi’s seventh win in this edition.
“Piece of brilliance on the field always lifts the side,” said a content Nair after the game. “When we are fielding, 11 guys are fielding, so I think the only time you can lift all of them together is only by exceptional fielding.”
Delhi had a poor start as they once again lost Quinton de Kock cheaply but then Nair and Rishabh Pant added 73 runs for the second wicket to get Delhi back on track.The duo batted sensibly as they paced their innings well.
“I think it was a really good pitch to bat on. That’s how I batted at the start. I want to play normal cricket shots and hit the gaps. I was lucky that everything I hit went in the gaps,” said Nair.
When asked as to what the conversations between him and Pant comprised of, Nair said rather bluntly, “I was just telling him to play his natural game. I knew that if the ball is there to be hit he will hit it. I was just telling him to play positively and run hard between the wickets. He played really well as well. It was unfortunate that he got out at that stage.”
Speaking about his knock,Nair said that the knock was one of his best in IPL.
“It’s one of the best knocks I have played,” acknowledged Nair who scored his highest IPL score. “I was able to pull the team through and stay until the end, and remain unbeaten in a pressure situation, in a must win game. I am really happy with what I was able to contribute.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s regular captain Warner stayed off the field for the first nine overs of the second innings after having batted for 15.2 overs and so Eoin Morgan led the side for 14 overs despite Warner returning after the ninth.
I’m not exactly sure what was wrong but he was light-headed,” said Morgan of Warner. “It was hot out there and he did a lot of running. On a big field like that you do a lot of running, so you exert yourself a lot. It might have been dizziness.”
Except captain Warner’s 73 off 56, no other batsman crossed the 20-run mark, which prompted Morgan being asked about the lack of power-hitting in the Sunrisers ranks.
“We have power hitters, but at the moment they’re not doing as well as we like and I’m one of them. We have plenty of power-hitting in the middle if you look at it; we have (Moises) Henriques, Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh), myself. We can’t say we don’t, it’s just that we’re not performing,” conceded Morgan.