SunRisers Hyderabad [SRH] were beaten fair and square across all departments of the game by a Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] after the Dinesh Karthik-led unit gunned down the target of 143 with ridiculous ease thanks to a flawless unbeaten 70 by opener Shubman Gill and a whirlwind 29 by England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan.
In the end, a total of 142 was never going to be enough, considering the fact that we had a considerable amount of due on the ground during the second innings. Skipper David Warner was asked in the press conference on whether he has second thoughts on his decision, given the way the game panned out in the end. Warner said that the decision was made, considering the fact that death bowling is their strength and he has absolutely no regrets about it. He added that the wicket was really difficult to accelerate on.
”I think I got my decision right. For us, our strength is death bowling. I thought it was actually a difficult wicket to accelerate on. I don’t regret what I did at the beginning of the game and I stick by my decision,” David Warner said in the post-match interview.
‘There was a little bit of movement’- David Warner
SunRisers Hyderabad never got any sort of momentum during their innings. While Pat Cummins [1-19] bowled a brilliant spell first-up, Varun Chakravarthy [1-25] was outstanding during the middle-overs. Warner lauded Cummins for the Test match lengths he bowled while also admitting that a plethora of under-par overs cost them 30-40 extra runs.
”Cummins bowled Test-match line and length. There was a little bit of movement. It got harder in the middle. We went four or five overs for 20 probably killed us a bit there. Extra 30 or 40 runs would have been great,” Warner added.
Defending 142, SRH dismissed Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, and Dinesh Karthik in the first 8 overs but Shubman Gill stood firm. The right-hander displayed his class to the hilt in what was a flawless knock, glittered with sumptuous- sometimes authoritative stroke-play- and brilliantly calculated 1s and 2s. Gill, along with Eoin Morgan completed the run-chase in the 19th over, condemning SRH to their 5th consecutive defeat in IPL.