The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) succumbed to its first ever loss at home this season last night against Mumbai Indians (MI). MI debutant fast bowler Alzarri Joseph delivered a stunning spell to pick up six wickets and aid in successful defense of 136 runs. Joseph also registered the best bowling figures in the tournament’s 12-year history. After the disappointing loss, SRH skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels that his batsmen failed to apply themselves in the run-chase which led to the downfall.
The chase would have been easier if we applied ourselves
During the post-match presentation ceremony, Bhuvneshwar revealed that the run-chase should have been easier, if the hosts had applied themselves during the second innings of the match. Earlier in the first innings, the SRH bowlers were absolutely sensational with the ball to rattle the MI top-order pretty cheaply. But towards the end, Kieron Pollard played a stunning innings of 46 runs to help MI post a respectable first innings total of 136 runs.
“It could have been an easy chase if we would have applied ourselves. I think it started off when we dropped Pollard, he scored 25-30 runs – it is a huge margin,” quoted Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar stated that it gets very difficult to win matches if catches are being dropped quite frequently. He noted that it is very important to grab chances in a low-scoring encounter. “When you drop catches it is never easy. There is less margin for error (when you are bowling) but you need to grab your chances to restrict any team to under 120,” he added.
It is difficult
Bhuvneshwar is currently captaining the Sunrisers side in the absence of Kane Williamson. “It (captaincy) is difficult but you have experienced players around, not a tough job,” the skipper further added.
With both the openers back in the hut early in the innings, SRH were facing something like this for the first time this season. Joseph continued to impress on debut by removing the likes of Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda to leave the hosts in complete tatters at 88 for 6. “First three matches we got good opening partnerships but we never got a chance to test our middle order,” Bhuvneshwar concluded.