Sunrisers Hyderabad’s winning run comes to end as they went down against Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Losing a close game, Hyderabad skipper David Warner stressed that they didn’t miss the trick by holding back Rashid Khan till the end of the game.
Steve Smith & Co wanted to set a statement early sending all-rounder Ben Stokes at the top alongside Jos Buttler. But the England all-rounder couldn’t do much as Khaleel Ahmed sent him early. The onus was now on Smith and Buttler to build a partnership to steady the ship for run-chase but an error cost Sunrisers Hyderabad their second wicket.
Hyderabad lose points against Rajasthan
They were in all tatters at 78 for five losing all top guns, but Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia kept nerves to take them home. They added 85 runs for the sixth to seal the tie as David Warner had no answers to break the partnership. Parag and Tewatia looked in complete joy after the game as Tewatia also enjoyed in with a dance.
Earlier in the day, batting didn’t seem easy from the outset, with even the new ball being tough to stroke away. David Warner dug in though but Manish Pandey struggled to get going for the major part of the innings. But once Warner departed two short of his half-century, Pandey shifted gears.
At one stage, 150 was starting to look difficult to attain but Kane Williamson and Priyam Garg ensured a superb finish to the innings. They took 35 runs off the last two overs to help Sunrisers Hyderabad post 158 runs on the board which was not enough in the end.
Lot of positives for us – David Warner
Speaking at the end of the game, David Warner said that they need to work on their batting. However, there were a lot of positives to take from the game which will come handy in upcoming matches.
“Couldn’t get across the line there but it happens in cricket. Lots of positives coming out and we’ll take it on to the next game. We need to work out as these wickets get tired, how to bat through the first 6 and the middle, and then assess with our bowling,” David Warner said.
Meanwhile, David Warner refused to agree that they missed a trick by holding Rashid Khan till the very end. Instead, Warner admitted that somethings didn’t go as per the plan at the top and also rued bowling wrong line and length at times.
“We’ve done it in the past, we’ve held him back and tr and nullify some runs, but these two played exceptionally well. Tonight we probably – we didn’t mis-execute, but some of the decisions at the top of the mark weren’t there. And we probably bowled the wrong ball at the time,” David Warner signed off.