SunRisers Hyderabad David Warner lamented on his bowling attack’s ‘mis-execution’ with the ball after his side succumbed to a 10-run-defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders, riding on sensational knocks from Nitish Rana (80 off 56 balls) and Rahul Tripathi (53 off 29 balls), posted 6-187 in 20 overs, a total that David Warner admitted was a bit too much on the Chepauk wicket.
“I didn’t think there were that many runs in that wicket. They adapted really well. We just mis-executed a little bit (with the ball),” said David Warner in the post-match presentation.
SRH were jolted with early blows in the form of David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha, post which Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey held the innings together with a 92-run-stand.
But Bairstow’s wicket fell at the wrong time as Manish Pandey struggled to change gears while the likes of Vijay Shankar and Mohammad Nabi perished cheaply.
Warner reckoned that the fact that KKR’s pacers height helped them with the cross-seam deliveries.
The SRH captain, however, added their performance with the bat will give them a bit of momentum in the upcoming games and with them set to play four more matches in Chennai, he is hoping that the team will get used to the conditions.
“And the way that we lost two early wickets but fought hard through Jonny and Manish, was good. If you over-pitched, it came on a little bit. They had some height in their bowling attack, it helped with the cross-seam balls. Good momentum going into the tournament (with the batting), but plenty of games to come. Four games at this venue so we should be getting used to this square,” David Warner added.