David Warner: The captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad witnessed his team losing a match which they should’ve won at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner compared his team’s 6-run loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore to Kolkata Knight Riders’ 10-run loss against defending champions Mumbai Indians last night.
Chasing a 150-run target, Sunrisers could only manage 143/9 in 20 overs despite an 83-run partnership for the second wicket between Warner (54) and batsman Manish Pandey (38).
Having lost their first two matches this season, Warner sounded confident for the remaining three matches at the same venue and appeared to have learnt his lessons.
“We know how to approach in the upcoming games. We have another three games here and I think the wickets are going to get better. We need minimum damage in the first six overs and play simple cricket. The team batting second [at Chepauk] should have won all the four games. This is exactly what happened last night,” Warner told Star Sports during the post-match presentation ceremony.
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After winning the toss and inviting Royal Challengers in to bat, Warner witnessed his bowlers restricting the opposition to 149/8 in 20 overs. While Jason Holder and Rashid Khan were their top two bowlers who picked three and two wickets respectively, the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T. Natarajan and Shahnaz Nadeem picked a wicket apiece.
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Needing 35 runs in four overs to win, Hyderabad were on the front foot when Bangalore captain Virat Kohli brought back all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed into the attack. Having given away six runs in his first over, Ahmed foxed SRH’s batsmen to play cross-batted rash shots to pick three wickets in a match-winning over.
“A very bitter pill to swallow. Our bowlers were fantastic to restrict them. [Glenn] Maxwell batted well and set the platform. We needed two set batsmen at the end but we failed to do that. We needed to build a partnership and play proper cricket shots. We played cross-batted shots, and that’s not the way to play here. It hurts,” Warner added on the shambolic defeat.