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Sunrisers Hyderabad once again went down in the Eliminator as Delhi Capitals beat them by two wickets at Visakhapatnam to set up a clash with Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 on May 10 (Friday). Following their defeat, Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson showered huge praise on Delhi Capitals saying that they will win the tournament.
Delhi progress to the qualifiers
Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to post 162 runs after significant contributions from Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, and Kane Williamson. However, they failed to up the ante as the Delhi bowlers kept things tight before Vijay Shankar little cameo of 25 from 11 balls helped them cross the 150-run mark. Keemo Paul chipped in with three wickets to contain the Hyderabad batters.
Meanwhile, the game shifted from one end to other during Delhi Capitals knock. But two scintillating knocks from Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant helped them close in on the target before Keemo Paul struck a boundary in the penultimate ball of the match to seal the tie.
Following another loss in the Eliminator, Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson congratulated Delhi Capitals to make it through. He also said that they deserved to win the game and feels they will win the trophy in the final. Williamson also added that these kind of defeats are frustrating as they were in a position to clinch the tie.
“It was one of those surfaces that produce such close matches. I believed we had a competitive total after the first half, I knew it would be a tricky chase after the powerplay, with such totals there are small margins, we have been in a position of strength before and haven’t nailed it, today was another such day, a little bit frustrating. Delhi played very well, they are a strong outfit and I think they deserved this win, think they will go all the way,” Kane Williamson said.
It was a winning total: Williamson
Furthermore, Kane Williamson noted that they had the target to win the game. However, the Kiwi cricketer said that they lagged in the bowling and fielding department which cost them the match. Williamson also added that it was not their best performance and many things could have been changed.
“We believed it was a winning total and it looked like it for a long time, they started well and had all the momentum, they had some quality players, as expected on this wicket we squeezed them back and got ourselves ahead, we weren’t very clinical with the catching or in our bowling, we weren’t great today. It wasn’t our best performance, a few things needed to be changed and it could have been a winning total,” he added.
Furthermore, Kane Williamson said that they played well without their prolific openers – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow but it was not their day. In conclusion, Williamson said that they are building well as a franchise and the process will have to continue.