Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner believes the team’s batting order let SRH down in the seven-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator of the 2017 Indian Premier League season. (HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)
The Eliminator in Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium was hampered by rain as Kolkata Knight Riders successfully chased down a revised 48-run target off six overs with four balls to spare.
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad had managed just 128 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs after KKR opted to bowl first.
While Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir felt the pitch was excellent and the bounce aided his batsmen, David Warner felt the condition of the playing surface was quite poor.
‘Thirty runs short’
“We were 30 runs short. It was quite a tough wicket to bat on. The ball was holding up a bit. It’s been quite a disappointing wicket all season. And they bowled really well on it,” Warner said after the match.
“The way we batted wasn’t good enough and six over games can be niggly,” he added.
The defending champions boasted the top run-getters of the ongoing IPL season within their ranks in Warner and Shikhar Dhawan.
However, Kolkata Knight Riders put on a terrific bowling display — fuelled by the passion and perfect planning of Gambhir — to restrict the Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen.
Star bowler for KKR
Nathan Coulter-Nile was the star for Kolkata Knight Riders as he picked three wickets giving away just 20 runs in his four overs.
Warner (37) and Kane Williamson (24) were the top-scorers for Sunrisers Hyderabad as a heavy drizzle began in the last over of their innings.
The rain persisted for several minutes, delaying the start of the Kolkata Knight Riders innings until 12:58am on Thursday night. By then Duckworth-Lewis came into play.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ batsmen attempted to pile on the runs early which resulted in the fall of three wickets within six deliveries — Chris Lynn (7), Yusuf Pathan (0) and Robin Uthappa (1) making way in the first two overs.
Captain Gambhir then led from the front with 32 runs, including two fours and two sixes.
“We had to come out with positive intent, got three wickets, but we knew they would come hard and it happened,” Warner said of Kolkata’s innings.
Thanks to India and @SunRisers for your hospitality the last few months. We couldn't get the job done but we tried our best. 🙏— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 18, 2017
‘Hyderabad better team this season’
Reflecting on the season that saw Sunrisers Hyderabad finish third in the group standings, Warner said performances were just as good as in their 2016 title-winning season.
He also felt they were better balanced this time.
“We were good, as we were last time. We found some good talent, we played some good cricket with bat and ball, whereas last year it was either bat or ball,” he said.
“Thanks to all the people in Hyderabad, without you guys we wouldn’t be out here playing.”