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Manish Pandey rues Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling display vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Though he did not single out any bowler, Manish Pandey felt that Sunrisers Hyderabad gave away about 20 runs extra which proved to be their undoing against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday

cricket Updated: May 18, 2018 09:32 IST
Sandip Sikdar
Sandip Sikdar
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Manish Pandey’s unbeaten 62 came to no avail as Sunrisers Hyderabad went down by 14 runs to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL 2018 clash on Thursday.(PTI)

Captain Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey took Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to the gates of victory but eventually fell short by 14 runs, losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who kept themselves alive in IPL 2018 here on Thursday. (RCB v SRH HIGHLIGHTS)

Though he did not single out any bowler, Pandey felt that they gave away about 20 runs extra which proved to the difference between the two sides at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. (RCB v SRH SCORECARD)

“Overall 215-220 was a lot on this wicket. We gave away about 70 runs in the last five overs. Colin de Grandhomme played well, Sarfraz Khan got quick runs...we should have given them only 190-200, that’s what our plan was but such games do happen. It was a nice wicket but we should work as a bowling team together,” said Pandey.

Pacer Basil Thampi, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, had a day which he would like to soon forget as he ended up with the most expensive figures in IPL 2018. In the four overs he bowled, Thampi got smashed for 70 runs. Playing only his fourth game this season and the first since April 29, he could only muster two dot deliveries as he was hit for five fours and six sixes.

Needing 20 off the last over with eight wickets in hand and two in-form batsmen at the crease, SRH could only manage five in the last six deliveries.

“Twenty runs. Kane was on strike, first ball when a wicket goes sometimes it is difficult to come up from there. Mohammed Siraj bowled really well to get those yorkers right on the spot. Probably if I would have connected a couple, we would have come closer but they bowled better in the last five overs than us. That was the difference,” said the 28-year-old.

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Nevetheless, Pandey played a good hand, scoring an unbeaten 62 off 38 deliveries which included seven fours and two sixes.

“Yes definitely (it was a good knock). Me and everybody had been waiting for this. Special knock I thought. Bangalore is pretty close to me, this was one of the chances where I thought that if I get to bat with balls in hand... I was preparing myself play accordingly and opened up,” said the Karnataka batsman.

“It was quite okay for me till now, not as much as what I expected but it is high time. We have qualified but waiting for the right time and even if I peak now trying to win games for my team I will be really happy by the end of the season.”

Pandey also lauded Williamson for his batting as well as leadership qualities. Along with being one of the only two batsmen to score 600 runs in IPL 2018, the Williamson-led outfit became the first team to qualify for the playoffs.

“(He has done) very well. He has got about 600 runs this IPL already. He has been batting really well. Captaincy... he has been using the bowlers really well. He is understanding the culture of the team and how to bring in our main spinners like Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan. They have been taking wickets for us and are real assets. To control the game from there and the way the bowlers are responding, he has been fantastic till now and we hope he continues (in the same manner) till the end,” concluded Pandey.

First Published: May 18, 2018 09:27 IST