Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) faced a demoralizing defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 54th match of the IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium and SRH skipper Kane Williamson had very little to say after the 67-run loss.
Chasing 193 to win the match and keep their hopes of playoffs qualification alive, SRH started off in the worst possible manner as Kane Williamson was run out of the first ball without facing delivery and Abhishek Sharma followed soon.
This led to RCB bowlers putting a lot of pressure on SRH batters who were falling behind the required run rate. Wanindu Hasaranga picked 5/18 in 4 overs, while Josh Hazlewood returned with figures of 2/17 in 4 overs.
For SRH, only Rahul Tripathi made 58 in 37 balls, Aiden Markram made 21 and Nicholas Pooran made 19, as they were bowled out for 125 runs and lost the match by 67 runs.
Kane Williamson looked dejected in the post-match conversation and said:
“It’s been quite a challenge for us, we need to come up with ways to reverse that pressure and turnaround. These have been par totals, the batting has been quality, but as a unit there are areas to touch on. I think earlier in the competition when there was assistance with the new ball we were certainly very threatening, so we need to go back to the drawing board as we have a little gap between the next game. We will have to get a bit more creative and come up with ways to change the momentum. Today we were outplayed, RCB are a really strong side, in fact all teams are strong.
For us it’s about looking to stay calm. We do need to improve but don’t need to overthink. The margins are always fine, but we need to show signs of improvement. We didn’t get off to a great start, they had a very good total on that surface. It was holding a bit, and it was turning a bit, the wicket. We needed to build some partnerships and take the game deep in order to maximize the opportunities on this Wankhede ground, but we were unable to do that. A lot of learning, we were outplayed like I said, but we do have a gap.
So, it’s important for us to reassess and we need to be clear about how we target our next matches and take it positively. I’m not sure exactly, but I think they (Jansen, Natarajan) are recovering pretty well. Certainly, hoping to see them again soon.”
Faf Du Plessis Leads From The Front, While Dinesh Karthik Ends Majestically
Faf Du Plessis won the toss and chose to bat first in the day match of the double-header. He led from the front with 73* in 50 balls with 8 fours and 1 six, while Virat Kohli recorded his 3rd golden duck in IPL 2022.
Du Plessis and Rajat Patidar (48) added 105 runs in 12.1 overs. Their total was buoyed by Glenn Maxwell’s 33 in 24 balls and then Dinesh Karthik exploded in the final overs, scoring 30* in 8 balls with 4 sixes and one four to his name, taking RCB to 192/3 in 20 overs.