IPL 2018: Sportzwiki’s Man of The Match – Kane Williamson
If there is one skipper who is currently leading from the front, it is the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson. The right-hand batsman scored a gritty 43-ball 63, to take his side to 151 for seven in their allotted 20 overs against hosts Rajasthan Royals.
England’s Alex Hales played his first game of the league and made it count with Hyderabad topping the IPL 2018 points table while securing 12 points
The opener hit four boundaries, scoring a scintillating 45 off 39 balls. Jofra Archer was once again successful with the ball, scalping three wickets for his side at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
For the straight third time, the Orange Army managed to restrict the opposition to earn a win.
Williamson is well aware of the playing surface in India and has been playing with a team of strengths. Ahead of the crucial tie, the skipper had shown confidence in his bowling pack.
“I think the contribution from the batting order on that surface to get 150, which was a par total, and then to squeeze well without bowling like we have in the last couple of games was incredible. They did get off to a good start, put us under pressure but it was nice for us to bounce back in the second half,” Williamson said.
“The surface was definitely on the slower side, with slow turn and not a lot of bounce. They used the hard length ball well with the big boundaries, which was something we wanted to incorporate as well in our innings. I thought in the first part we were very good and were able to restrict them to a decent total. Yusuf’s wicket was fortunate, probably not his best delivery, but was nice to get that wicket at that stage because he (Stokes) is such a dangerous player,” Williamson added.
Williamson’s SRH on a roll:
The one-time champion side defended a total of 133 against a strong Punjab side earlier this week.
Kane Williamson asserted they are looking forward to giving their best in the impending matches.
“The way the guys went out today, we didn’t get that 10-15 more on another challenging surface but we did see an improvement, which we look to carry forward. T20 is pretty fickle in nature and it is nice to get a few wins on the board; but each game is a tough game,” Williamson remarked.
“We need to adapt to conditions, not get ahead of ourselves, which have varied a lot and that’s what we aim to build on and do going forward as well. Alex (Hales) is world class in this format; it was nice for him to get us off to a good start and it was great for him to have that opportunity,” Williamson concluded.
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