IPL 2017: There Was Nothing Wrong With Our Batting: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Sunrisers Hyderabad pace spearhead has rued the unfavourable conditions at the Wankhede stadium after his team’s winning run streak in the tournament came to an end following the crushing 4-wicket defeat against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday (April 12).
After being invited to bat first, the defending champions went off to a decent start with their openers Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner adding 81 runs in 62 balls. But once the skipper was dismissed, the Sunrisers batsmen found it tough to open their arms against the disciplined bowling and were eventually restricted for 158 for 8.
The score was certainly below par on the high-scoring ground and Mumbai Indians chased down the total quite comfortably in the end with 8 balls remaining.
The visitors never looked in the game after Mumbai got off to a brisk start with Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler sharing a 28-run stand off 19 balls. Buttler and Rohit Sharma’s dismissal in quick succession revived Sunrisers’ hopes but last match’s hero Nitish Rana stabilised the chase with Parthiv. Krunal Pandya then scored a quickfire 37 to guide his team to its second consecutive win.
Speaking after the match, Bhuvneshwar Kumar insisted that there was nothing wrong with his team’s batting before admitting that the score was not enough on this ground.
“I don’t think there was anything wrong with the batting. It was one of the days when you try your shots but they go into the fielders’ hand. We couldn’t find any gap. If you look at the chart, we were without any loss in the (first) ten overs, so I don’t think there was anything wrong with the start. It was a good start but 170-169 (158) was not enough on this ground. Dew was there so it was one of those days when things couldn’t go our way,” he said.
The India pacer further said his teammates were not surprised to see their skipper David Warner hitting a six with a switch hit.
” In nets he bats right-handed. If he bats for 20 minutes, at least 5 minutes he bats right-handed. So we were not really surprised when he hit that shot because we know he can bat right-handed as well. It was an amazing shot,” he added.
Commenting on the bowling plans, the right-arm pacer said: “We had to get a good start. At least, we had to take 2 or 3 wickets in the powerplay to win this match but we couldn’t do that. It’s really difficult to bowl when dew is there. It’s not an excuse but it is never easy to bowl in those conditions. It wasn’t enough to score on this ground”
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