IPL 2017: It Was Important For Me To Get Some Runs: Yuvraj Singh
Sunrisers Hyderabad star Yuvraj Singh has rued conceding too many runs in the powerplay and dropped catches after the defending champions were stunned by Delhi Dardevils on Tuesday (May 2) at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
The India middle-order batsman slammed his second half-century of this season to steer his team to 185 for 3 in the allotted 20 over. With the Sunrisers’ top batsmen – David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson – back in the pavilion with just 92 runs on the board, the onus was on Yuvraj to anchor the innings and the southpaw did it brilliantly. Yuvraj scored 70 off just 41 deliveries and shared an unbeaten partnership of 93 runs with Moises Henriques to guide his team to a good total.
However, his efforts went in vain as Delhi Daredevils chased down the total to register just their third win in 9 matches. The home side began briskly, with Sanju Samson and Karun Nair adding 40 runs in 4 overs before Samson was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj. The Daredevils were 62 for 1 in the powerplay and they never allowed the momentum to swing in the Sunrisers favour. All of their top-order batsmen made useful contributions before all-rounders Corey Anderson (41* off 24) and Chris Morris (15* off 7) put on an unbroken 41 off 19 balls to take them past the target with five balls to spare.
Speaking after the match, Yuvraj Singh admitted that had his teammates held on to the catches in the earlier part of the innings, the scenario would have been different. Both Nair and Shreyas Iyer were dropped when they were batting on 1 and they went on to score 39 and 33 respectively.
“I think we gave a lot of runs in the first six and the dropped catch. If we had taken the catch, two early wickets would have been the key,” Yuvraj said at the post-match conference. “It wasn’t a great start by our bowlers and obviously we didn’t pick enough wickets in the middle. All of their guys got 30-40 runs so I think we did not pick enough wickets. If you are chasing (defending), you need to pick up wickets in the middle otherwise it becomes hard especially when the dew came in later. The ball was coming on nicely to the bat.”
Yuvraj further added that it was important for him to get some runs under his belt after failing in the previous matches. The left-handed batsman began cautiously and fully capitalised on the reprieve given to him by Sanju Samson, who dropped him on 29. Yuvraj smashed 41 off the final 15 deliveries to post his second highest total in the league.
“It was important for me to get some runs. Last 3-4 innings, I didn’t get enough time in the middle. The wicket was a bit tougher in the first innings, the ball was gripping a bit and I thought I will just try and play till the last sixteen and then attack in the last four,” he explained.
“I was lucky to get dropped and was able to cash in in the last 4 overs,” he added.
He also hoped that the return of veteran pacer Ashish Nehra will further bolster his side.
” We really rely on Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Rashid, so once Ashish is fully fit, hopefully, our team will look more stronger,” he concluded.
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