Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson expressed disappointment after succumbing to their eighth defeat in the IPL 2021 season. They lost to Punjab Kings (PBKS) by five runs and it has ended their hopes of making the playoffs.
SRH started poorly in their pursuit of PBKS’ total of 125. It was a very tough track to bat on for both sides and run-scoring was extremely hard. After losing a couple of early wickets, SRH decided to slow it down and take it deep.
Their strategy almost worked but the match wouldn’t have been close without West Indies’ all-rounder Jason Holder’s heroic performance with the bat and ball. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Williamson stated:
“The bowling unit, fielding unit did a fantastic job. Certainly, the surface was a tough one. Required partnerships and we were certainly backing ourselves to get close. It took a brilliant individual performance in both halves from Jason Holder, especially with the bat to keep the match competitive.”
“Frustrating season but SRH is a proud franchise” – Kane Williamson
The loss has eliminated SRH from the competition as they have won only one match from their nine games so far. They cannot make it to the playoffs mathematically but Kane Williamson hoped the team learns from the season and ends it on a high at the least.
“Frustrating season but SRH is a proud franchise. We do need to look for areas to improve. We try to learn from the first half of the game. The games come thick and fast. We need to come to the next game with fresh eyes and freedom. We will try and put in our best,” Williamson added.
PBKS leapfrogged Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians into fifth place with eight points from 10 matches.