Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner has rued the lack of an extra batsman in the team’s lineup after the 20-run loss to Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.
Chasing 168, SRH were off to a shaky start and lost their top three for just 59 runs. Kane Williamson and Priyam Garg tried to revive the chase with a 40-run stand before the latter was sent back by Karn Sharma. Vijay Shankar could not do much either as the allrounder’s poor campaign in IPL 2020 continued.
The out-of-favour India allrounder was out for just 12. The Hyderabad-based franchise kept losing wickets at crucial junctures and eventually ended their innings on 147 for 8. Williamson top-scored for the side with 57.
Earlier in the game, CSK put up a challenging total of 167 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs. Sam Curran, who was promoted as an opener for the first time, played a quick knock of 31 to give the side the early impetus. Shane Watson top-scored with 42 while Ambati Rayudu scored 41 as the duo shared an 81-run stand.
MS Dhoni (21 off 13) and Ravindra Jadeja (25 off 10) then played fine cameos to ensure CSK put up a challenging total. For SRH, Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers. He conceded only 19 runs off his four overs while taking two wickets. Khaleel Ahmed and T Natarajan picked up two wickets each too.
David Warner’s reaction:
Speaking at the end of the match, David Warner said an extra batsman would have been a better option. He also stated that the team needs to move on quickly from the defeat and focus on the upcoming games.
“The wicket was on the slower side, I think we needed an extra batter. We tried to take it deep. You got one big boundary, so it’s not easy. We have to go back to the drawing board and work on few areas. I thought 160 was the right total to go after, but anything above that was always going to be difficult.
“Having 6-7 bowlers in the team helps. It’s difficult to play against bowlers who can swing the ball. There’s always a challenge in the powerplay, but you have to take on the bowlers. We need to monitor the wickets in the upcoming games and select the team accordingly.
“Things (in the points table) are always congested in the middle. You got to beat the best teams, to make it to the top. We’ll be facing the top teams in the next few days, so I’m up for the challenge and so are the other guys,” he added.