David Warner was a relieved man in the post-match presentation following his sides’ maiden win of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League as SunRisers Hyderabad [SRH] defeated table-toppers Delhi Capitals in what was a thoroughly commanding performance by the 2016 champions.
It was a brilliant bowling performance by SRH, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar providing them an early wicket before Rashid Khan [3-14 in 4 overs] weaved his magic during the middle-overs.
But, it was their death bowling and especially the spell of rookie T Natarajan that was the highlight of their bowling performance. Warner heaped high praise on his sides’ death bowling besides hailing young Abhishek Sharma, who showed brilliant composure in the middle-overs, considering the fact that SRH was without Mohammad Nabi.
We lost the toss tonight and won the game, so feels good. Unfortunately, Mitch Marsh was injured and we had to figure out how to get over in but young Abhishek Sharma came in. We have been working really hard in our training with the death bowling, and today they were fantastic because they can be called up at any stage,” David Warner said in the post-match presentation.
It was a difficult track to bat as the bowl was stopping a bit in the pitch. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow got off to a slow start by their standards as they notched up 38 runs in the powerplay. Warner alluded in the interview that he played quite a few strokes which ultimately ended in the fielder’s hands.
”We need a bit of luck with the bat, around ten of them found the fielders. But in this heat, running does take a toll. I did hit some good shots, and I told the analyst that it only found the fielders,” he added.
Nevertheless, Warner’s 81-run-stand with Jonny Bairstow gave SRH a brilliant platform before Kane Williamson cashed on it big time, striking at 157 to eventually take his side to a match-winning total of 162.
SRH have now gained their first 2 points in Dream11 IPL 2020 and their next encounter will be against CSK on October 02.