It hasn’t been the best of starts for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) led by David Warner in this 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In their first game, the bowlers leaked a lot of runs and conceded 187 on a dry Chepauk track and they eventually lost by 10 runs.
However, it is the loss in the second game that will hurt a lot. SRH bowlers did really well to come back and restrict the Royal Challengers Bangalore to 149/8. The Virat Kohli-led side were 91/2 in 12 overs at one stage and a combined effort from the bowling attack helped SRH pull things back.
During the chase, even though they lost Wriddhiman Saha early, the 2016 IPL champions were motoring along nicely. Skipper David Warner led from the front. He looked in solid touch while Pandey was going at a run-a-ball. With 54 runs needed in the last seven overs, SRH were in the box seat. In fact, they had nine wickets in hand at that stage.
But Warner who scored 54 threw it away in the 14th over and the slide started. The RCB bowlers chipped in with a few tight overs before Shahbaz Ahmed bowling a stunning 17th over, picking up three wickets and conceded just one run. Rashid Khan swung his bat around and kept SRH in the hunt till the final over but he was runout on the fourth ball of the 20th over which saw SRH’s chances come to an end.
David Warner was gutted about the loss and termed it as a ‘very bitter pill to swallow’. He was hurt by this defeat and lamented on inability of the set batsmen to bat through the innings. None of the SRH batsmen in the middle-order could not get going.
“A very bitter pill to swallow. I thought our bowlers did very well to reduce them to that total. Maxwell batted well for them and set the platform. We needed two set batsmen at the end, but we failed to do that. It’s quite disappointing the way that we approached in the middle, especially against the left-arm spin. Cross-bat shots are not the way to go here. We were doing it comfortably and this hurts,” David Warner was quoted saying in the post-match presentation.
Sunrisers Hyderabad next face Mumbai Indians on the 17th of April and it is going to be played at this very venue, MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.