Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad are on a roll recording five consecutive wins and virtually sealing a place in the playoffs. However, skipper Kane Williamson feels that there are areas the team needs to improve on.
Sunrisers bowlers once again delivered defending another low total against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. They recorded a narrow five-run win over the Virat Kohli-led side defending 146 runs.
The New Zealander felt that the nature of the surface also dictated the terms. “I think it was another varied surface. We were certainly targeting 150. We weren’t far away from that. At the half way stage we certainly thought that we were in the game. And with the ball in hand, we took wickets and stopped partnerships. We didn’t have our usual standards in the field. That is something we can build on going into the next game. It is really nice to play hard on the field and come out winning again,” he said after their victory.
Sunrisers lost seven wickets in last five overs for 41 runs and when asked about the inconsistency in the middle order, Williamson feels that the matches have been tough because of the slow wickets. “It is really important for our batters to go out there and play with freedom. And on surfaces like these it is very difficult to come out and start playing big shots from ball one. It is important to play smart cricket and at the same time we need to get as many runs as we can. We are now moving to Delhi and it is certainly another different wicket. We need to adapt to the conditions quickly.”
Williamson has been doing a lot of scoring for his side and he thinks that he is playing his regular cricket and not doing anything differently. “I think I am the same person. As a player you always try to contribute and give your best to the team and do your role. That is the focus for all the players and we look to do that every time on the field.”
Williamson also credited his bowlers for choking runs in the middle and putting pressure on the opposition. “The wicket was keeping low and slow. The slower balls came into effect as well. It would be great to take more wickets in the beginning itself. Our bowlers built pressure by choking runs in the middle. If we can build that pressure things can happen quickly. The bowling has been outstanding and so is the fielding. Today we weren’t at our best with either of them but we sneaked through,” he concluded.
Local boy Mohammad Siraj, who returned with bowling figures of 3/25, said that they conceded 20 runs more and that was the reason they lost the match. “It was crucial match for us. Unfortunately we didn’t pull it off. Our plan was to bowl out Sunrisers for as low a score as possible. We gave away 20 runs extra and that was the difference in the end.”