In the 33rd match of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 extravaganza, the Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) recorded a clinical 6-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. SRH leg-spinner Rashid Khan along with the other bowlers displayed sensational combined efforts to restrict the opposition within a pretty modest first innings total.
In the second innings, opening batsman David Warner reduced the matters into mere formalities, smashing a terrific half-century on a pretty slowish wicket, after which his partner, Jonny Bairstow also smacked an amazing fifty to steer SRH towards an easy victory.
It was an all-round performance
After the game during the post-match presentation ceremony, SRH skipper Kane Williamson praised his team for their all-round efforts. After winning the toss and electing to bat first on a pretty slowish track, the two CSK openers, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis started things off on a tentative note, managing just 27 runs in the first five overs.
Du Plessis then took on Khaleel Ahmed in the next over and smashed 12 runs to improve the scoring rate. After getting their eyes in, both du Plessis and Watson felt that the time was right to up the ante and thus, both the batters started playing their shots, compiling an excellent opening partnership of 79 runs. The SRH duo comprising of Shahbaz Nadeem and Vijay Shankar then bowled really well to send both the CSK openers back in the hut.
“Very good performance all around. Obviously CSK started really well with the bat and we couldn’t take early wickets, but we played really well in the back half and we took our chances in the field as well. We showed that intensity and the chase was superb. I don’t think the wicket changed too much and what we’ve seen here is that each wicket is different. We always need to adapt to the wicket, and we’ll look to build on this performance,” quoted Kane Williamson.
Rashid Khan bowled a brilliant 14th over, claiming the big wickets of Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav. Williamson noted that Rashid has been a great performer for SRH over a number of years and reckoned that he is a big threat for the opposition the batsmen on surfaces such as the Hyderabad wicket.
“Rashid has been an outstanding performer for us over a number of years and on such surfaces he is a big threat for the opposition when it’s just holding on. He was brilliant and he was able to take those middle order wickets,” he added.
They have made it easy for us
After looking at the behaviour of the Hyderabad wicket in the first innings, it was expected to slow down further as the game progressed. But SRH opener David Warner removed the pitch out of the equation completely, ripping apart the CSK bowlers in the first six overs of the powerplay itself. He didn’t back down a bit and registered a phenomenal half-century in just the sixth over of the innings that too off only 24 balls. After Warner’s carnage, it was time for Bairstow to unleash his exploits and he scored an entertaining fifty to guide his team over the line.
“Warner’s was a match-winning knock along with Jonny (Bairstow). This is the kind of stroke-making we’ve become used to when he comes out to the middle. Those two have knocked out a bulk of the runs and made it easy for us. We weren’t quite ourselves in the last few matches and we wanted to come back to doing what we’ve always done well. But again, each match is different and we need to build on this one,” the SRH skipper concluded.