SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner raised some pertinent questions as his team has been in troubled waters early on during this ongoing IPL season. SRH lost their second consecutive match of the IPL 2020 — and is the only team to have lost both their opening matches.
On September 26. they won the toss and decided to bat first against KKR at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. SRH had a slow start to the game. David Warner could only manage to score 36 off 30. Manish Pandey was the highest run-getter for SRH, scoring 51 off 38 balls. The Hyderabad based-franchise could only add up a meagre score of 142 runs, which KKR chased in 18 overs and eventually won the match by seven wickets.
David Warner on the loss against KKR:
SRH skipper David Warner was not happy with his side’s number of dot balls. Warner stated he saw around 35 dot balls. He remarked that is not acceptable in T20 cricket.
The SRH middle-order slumped quickly after losing the openers for not doing much harm to the opposition. David Warner managed 36 runs and Jonny Bairstow could only get five runs off 10 balls.
Well, only Manish Pandey looked comfortable and struck 51 for the team. Warner said KKR showed them that keeping wickets in hand for the end help teams to win matches. He also stated he doesn’t regret his decision and thinks it was right to go to bat first.
“We need to push as hard as we can. You can see from our running between the wickets, we do that. But we got to improve our boundary percentage. I think I saw 35 dot balls, which is not acceptable in T20 cricket on a wicket that was actually nice to bat on. We just mis-executed in the middle,” Warner told in the post-match presentation.
“I think I got my decision right. For us, our strength is death bowling. I thought it was actually a difficult wicket to accelerate on. The Kolkata boys showed us that if you can keep wickets at the end, that’s what wins you games. I don’t regret what I did at the beginning of the game and I stick by my decision,” Warner added.
KKR’s bowling overpowered SRH’s batting
SRH batted very slow throughout their innings. KKR pacer Pat Cummins had a miserable first match but returned to form displaying the economical figure of 19/1. David Warner praised his Australia teammate Cummins’ line and length. He also stated if they could have got 30-40 more runs that would’ve been better on their part.
“Patty Cummins, as he does, (bowled) Test-match line and length. There was a little bit of movement here and there. All in all, it got harder through the middle. We went four or five overs for 20 and coming back with three wickets in hand at the end probably killed us a little bit there. An extra 30 or 40 runs would have been great,” Warner added.
A stellar and steady knock of 70 runs from 62 balls by Shubman Gill and an important partnership by Eoin Morgan who made 42 runs off 29 balls, helped KKR to go easily past the target of 142 with 12 balls to spare.
SRH will face Delhi Capitals on September 29 at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium.