Former India player turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra has highlighted how the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) approach to the run-chase against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their last game made it seem like a Test match as well.
PBKS has set the target of 126 runs. However, the Sunrisers Hyderabad managed a mere 20 runs in the powerplay to fall behind the eight balls as well. While talking about this in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra stated that their lethargic start cost them badly.
“It was going like a Test match. They scored just 20-22 runs in the powerplay. Warner also gets out, Kane Williamson also gets out and after some time Manish Pandey also gets out, Kedar Jadhav also gets out. Wickets keep falling one after the other,” he elaborated.
Holder did his best, but no support at the end out paid to #SRH’s hopes of winning. Punjab will heave a sigh of relief. Almost messed up this match too. What matters is they won and stay alive for a place in the play offs
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 25, 2021
While applauding Ravi Bishnoi’s spell, he further added that Jason Holder could not take the Sunrisers Hyderabad across the line despite his heroics.
“Ravi Bishnoi comes and shines, then you think why you dropped him. He was doing very well, he did well last year also. Why you didn’t play him from the beginning? We don’t have answers to those questions. Jason Holder hit four sixes and took the team close to victory but they didn’t get a win,” Aakash Chopra observed.
“Jason Holder did a very good job” – Aakash Chopra
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 26, 2021
Jason Holder scored an unbeaten 47 off just 29 deliveries, which included five sixes. However, he didn’t get the much-needed support from the other end.
He again said: “It seemed the wagon was not moving at all, whether it was KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle or Nicholas Pooran – no one was able to do anything. They tried a little for sure. In the end, Hooda also tried and somehow they played 20 overs to score 125 runs. That’s not a bad total but not great also.”
“Jason Holder did a very good job. Rashid always does well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s speed is the only concern I am seeing. 120-odd has become his average pace. It’s not because the pitch was slow, he was bowling slow in Sri Lanka and Dubai also. Sandeep Sharma – he bowled really well,” Aakash Chopra concluded.