Can’t Have Batsmen On The Bench And Two Others Batting 20 Overs: David Warner In Swipe At Pandey, Saha

David Warner
David Warner (Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.)
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner has expressed his disappointment over the way the middle-order batsmen performed in the defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. The Hyderabad-based franchise lost the game by seven wickets to suffer their second defeat in a row and are now the only team in IPL 2020 without a win.

It was yet another uninspiring batting display from SRH as they finished their innings on 142 for 4. Despite having enough wickets in their hands, they never showed the urgency of going for a big total which eventually cost them the game as KKR chased down the total without breaking a sweat.

Shubman Gill [Photo-Twitter]
Riding on Shubman Gill’s unbeaten fifty and his 92-run stand with Eoin Morgan, KKR chased down the total with two overs remaining. Following the game, David Warner did not mince his words as he took an indirect dig at Manish Pandey and Wriddhiman Saha.

“We just can’t have batsmen on the bench and two others batting 20 overs,” David Warner said. “We could have gone a little bit harder. After I got out, we played out 4-5 overs for about 20 runs.

“We have to apply more pressure and hit more boundaries in the middle period. I am disappointed with the dot balls we played. I think there were 35-36 dot balls. I don’t think it’s acceptable in T20 cricket,” he added.

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey (Credits: IPL/ Twitter)

Pandey and Saha stayed in the middle from the tenth over to the 18th over but failed to accelerate the run-rate. They added 62 runs but took 51 balls for the same and with Pandey getting out at a crucial time, the acceleration never happened for SRH.

Saha’s innings particularly hurt SRH’s cause as he took 31 balls for his 30. And while Pandey and Saha were struggling to play the big shots, pinch hitters like Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma and Rashid Khan were waiting in the dugout.

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