A day after the Kolkata Knight Riders squandered the match from a commanding position, SunRisers Hyderabad followed the same route while chasing 149. They fell seven runs short despite David Warner’s fifty and being 96-1 at one stage. Glenn Maxwell scored his first IPL half-century in five years to lift a struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up on a sluggish pitch to 148 in 20 overs. David Warner expressed his unhappiness at not learning from Kolkata’s distorted gameplay against the Mumbai Indians last night on the same track.
After losing the toss, Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal came out to bat; however, the latter could not make an impact, perishing for runs. Shahbaz Ahmed hit a six, but he could not last long as Rashid Khan took a tumbling catch at deep square leg. Glenn Maxwell plundered a few big hits, adding 44 off 38 deliveries with Virat Kohli. The captain’s innings ended on 33 again when Jason Holder claimed his wicket in the 13th over.
Bangalore lost AB De Villiers for a single in the next over when he crashed straight at Warner to extra-cover. Glenn Maxwell added a quick-fire 27 towards the end with Kyle Jamieson and lost his scalp in the last ball for 59 off 41 deliveries. David Warner and Manish Pandey shared an 83-run partnership off 69 balls after Wriddhiman fell cheaply again.
The SunRisers’ captain went back to the pavilion shortly after reaching his fifty. The Orange Army came under further pressure when Shahbaz Ahmed produced a triple-wicket over, removing Jonny Bairstow, Pandey, and Abdul Samad. The 18th over saw Vijay Shankar departing, followed by the 19th, seeing Jason Holder holing out to long-off. Despite Harshal Patel bowling an over-waist no-ball in the final over, 15 runs off six balls proved a bridge too far.
The last four games here the team batting second should’ve won the game: David Warner
David Warner conceded that it is a bitter pill to swallow as the bowlers did well and Glenn Maxwell batted well. The southpaw expressed his disappointment at the lack of partnerships and how they played cross-batted shots against left-arm orthodox deliveries. Warner stressed on getting powerplay wickets moving forward and building strong partnerships, underlining that the team batting second should’ve won the last four matches in Chennai. The New South Wales batsman also bemoaned them of not learning from Kolkata Knight Riders’ defeat against Mumbai at the Cheapuk.
“A very big bitter pill to swallow. Obviously Maxi batted well, but our bowlers did well to restrict them. Look, it was just about building a partnership…and I was quite disappointed with how we went – cross-batted shots against left-arm orthodox. It just hurts. We have another three games here, the wickets are going to get better here. We need to try to take powerplay wickets and need to have one big partnership in the middle. The last four games here the team batting second should’ve won the game. Last night’s game was an example and we played an identical game,” David Warner told in the post-match presentation.