The Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) succumbed to a convincing 7-wicket defeat at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday. After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, SRH got off to a great start all thanks to Manish Pandey’s fantastic 61-run knock, but then the RR bowlers bowled superbly well to pull things back and restrict the visitors to a modest total of 160 runs. In the second innings, the RR opening duo comprising of Ajinkya Rahane and Liam Livingstone relieved all the pressure of the run-chase with a fantastic partnership for the first wicket. Then Sanju Samson batted with great sense of responsibility to steer RR to a splendid victory.
The surface wasn’t very easy
While speaking on the loss, Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson revealed that they were in a very good position at the halfway mark in the first innings with the bat, but the RR bowlers did really well after that to pick up regular wickets. Pandey compiled a brilliant 61-run innings off just 36 balls which consisted of 9 boundaries. But after his dismissal, a disappointing batting collapse got triggered. From being in a strong position at 120 for 2, in a space of just four overs, the visitors suddenly found themselves reduced in a miserable state to 137 for 7.
“In the first ten-over mark we were in a very strong position, then in some ways they did to us what we were trying very hard to do to them which is to pick up wickets and get new batters out. To start on that surface wasn't very easy. Unfortunately for us we kept losing wickets and did not get any momentum in the second half, something that we want to build on certainly going into the last three matches,” said Kane Williamson after the match.
Williamson further mentioned that the visitors were surely 10-15 runs short. He noted that they needed to pick up early wickets in order to cause some jitters in the opposition dressing room. The SRH skipper reckoned that not scalping early wickets was the difference between the two teams to a great extent.
"But even so I thought at the halfway stage although we were perhaps wanting another 10 runs or so, if we picked up the early wickets that total would have been very difficult to chase down but we weren't able to and Rajasthan played very well," the SRH skipper added.