Hyderabad: Having suffered two losses in two games, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain David Warner was finally a relieved man after posting their first victory defeating Delhi Capitals by 15 runs on Tuesday.
The batting and bowling departments looked out of sorts in their first two matches. However, on Tuesday, they bounced back in all areas to record a comprehensive over an in-form Capitals.
Warner said he was delighted with the victory and credited bowlers for defending the total against a good all-round side. Riding on Jonny Bairstow’s half-century (53) and contributions from Warner (45) and Kane Williamson (41), Sunrisers posted 162/4 and restricted Shreyas Iyer-led Capitals to 147/7.
Speaking after the match, Warner said they were looking at 170-180 but the DC new ball bowlers were outstanding in powerplay. “It was a good win. Batting first and putting good runs on the board was good. DC bowlers executed their plans well and restricted me and Jonny (Bairstow). We hit the fielders mostly and could not find the gaps. But the way we approached in the middle with Kane (Williamson) coming and playing the knock was great. Credit to our bowlers for the way they bowled in the middle. Our death bowling was outstanding.”
He also lauded Man of the Match Rashid Khan who returned with impressive figures of 3/14 in his four overs. “Rashid is Rashid, he knows what he has to do. The way he came and delivered was exceptional. He created a lot of pressure. He knew he had a big role to play with young Abhishek (Sharma) at the other end. He had an extra bit of pressure.”
He revealed that drafting in Williamson at the expense of Mohammad Nabi was to strengthen the batting order. “There has been a lot of talk on our middle order. Nabi was unfortunate to be missed out so we had to take a power hitter. So we included (Abdul) Samad. He can bowl a bit as well. I have seen him hit some long balls and it is great to give these young opportunities. The passion and enthusiasm is there. They are learning quickly with seniors in the teams. We do the hard work of thinking and I want them to play with freedom in the middle. Once we get our top four right, the middle-order will deliver,” he added.
Meanwhile, Capitals’ coach Ricky Ponting said they were outplayed in all the departments. “I don’t think the conditions were that different. The grounds are bigger, there are bigger square boundaries here. At the end of the day, we were just outplayed by Sunrisers Hyderabad,” Ponting said.
“We were a little bit off from our absolute best. SRH had good top-order partnerships and they rotated the strike well, and a few of them made big scores. So, that was the difference in the game,” added the coach.
He also said that one of the settled batsman needed to stay till the end to see the side through. “If you have one of those batsmen that go on and make a big score, then we probably win the game. At the Delhi Capitals, we don’t sit back and blame any one person, we lost the game as a team.”
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