SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner has come down hard on his teammates after the dismal defeat against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. Chasing a modest total of 127, the Hyderabad-based franchise suffered an inexplicable batting collapse and were all out for 114 in 19.5 overs.
David Warner gave his side a flying start by slamming 35 off just 20 balls, helping his side cross the 50-run mark inside the powerplay. By the time the 16th over ended, the match was well within SRH’s grasp as they needed only 28 runs from 24 balls with seven wickets in hand.
But what unfolded after that was completely unexpected. SRH lost wickets in a heap and threw away the game. They lost their last seven wickets for just 14 runs to be all out for 114. In the final over, SRH needed 14 with three wickets in hand but Arshdeep Singh bowled a fine over to guide KXIP to a stunning win.
Speaking in the post-match press-conference, David Warner did not mince his words as he criticised his teammates for their failure. The Australia star was critical of the middle-order batsmen’s failure to assess the conditions correctly and throw the game away from a strong position.
“It (pitch) slowed down but the outfield got very wet. So from that point of view, you should know, as a batter, some of the conditions. The ball was going to be slow off the wicket, so you just have to assess that,” said David Warner.
“Hard lengths were obviously going to be hard to hit. When you’re chasing a total that’s very achievable and you are ahead in the game, you should be able to manipulate the field, rotate strike, get ones – we just didn’t do that,” he added.
SRH, nonetheless, remain in contention for a playoff spot despite the loss. With four wins from 11 games, they are currently at the sixth spot in the points table. Their next clash is against Delhi Capitals on October 27.