David Warner, SunRisers Hyderabad captain, admitted in the post-match presentation that he was a ‘bit nervous’ when KXIP swashbuckler, Nicholas Pooran, was laying into Abdul Samad and the rest of his bowling attack during his whirlwind 37-ball 77 on Thursday.
Pooran en-route to his maiden IPL fifty smashed the fastest half-century of the season, during which he smashed Abdul Samad for 28 runs in an over. Pooran scored 58 percent of his team’s runs and was eventually dismissed for 77 by the vile Rashid Khan.
Warner recalled playing with Pooran in the Bangladesh Premier League as he paid his tributes to the West Indian swashbuckler.
”I was a bit nervous while Nicholas was hitting it over the stands. I have always had high prospects. I was fortunate to play in Bangladesh with him. You always think, ‘What can I do?’.
On Rashid Khan’s yet another brilliant spell
Rashid Khan once again displayed why he is one of the great T20 bowlers of the modern era as he lead the SRH bowling attack with a brilliant spell of 3-12.
David Warner hailed Rashid as a ‘world-class bower’, who always delivers in pressure situations. He also lamented on the loss of Bhuvneshwar Kumar but added that his absence gives the likes of Khaleel Ahmed and T Natarajan to step-up.
”He’s (Rashid) a world-class bowler, it’s great to have him. He always delivers in pressure situations. What a player. Sad for Bhuvi, but having one of our best death bowlers out of the team gives an opportunity for others,” David Warner said.
On batting with Jonny Bairstow
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow once again displayed why they are one of the most feared opening pair in the IPL. The duo racked up their 5th 100-plus stand in just 16 innings against KXIP. Warner said that he and Bairstow love batting with each other.
SunRisers Hyderabad will now face Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on 11th October and Warner called for his side to start afresh again for what he expects to be a tough game.
”We love batting with each other. At the moment, I am just rotating strike for him. We enjoy batting with each other. If we apply pressure by coming at them. We have got a tough game against RR, have to start fresh again,” Warner signed off.