After losing two comprehensive games on the trot, the Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) finally came back to winning ways with a clinical 45-run victory over the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)in the last home game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The home team registered a massive first innings total on the back of David Warner’s phenomenal knock and a great finishing touch given by the lower-order batsmen.
While in the second innings, the bowler duo comprising of Khaleel Ahmed and Rashid Khan bowled amazingly well to restrict the opposition and in turn propelled KXIP to a remarkable win. With this victory, SRH have taken a step further in this embracing playoffs race.
We are in the crunch moment
Sunrisers Hyderabad have now climbed to the fourth position on the points table and with 12 points in their baggage, they are very much comfortably placed to book a berth in the playoffs stage. After the game, SRH skipper Kane Williamson mentioned that the crunch time of the tournament has arrived. He revealed that initially it was all about the points during the earlier part of the season. While speaking on the performance of his team in the match, Williamson stated that it was an almost complete team effort.
“I guess through the season you’re looking for points and we’re in the crunch time in the tournament. It was a big game for us and it’s been close to a complete performance,” quoted Kane Williamson.
Very hard to fill someone’s boots
The opening duo comprising of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have played very important role in the performance of the SRH team in this edition of the IPL. In his debut IPL season, Bairstow compiled a fabulous tally of 445 runs in 10 games at a phenomenal average of 55.62. He has already returned back to attend England’s World Cup training camp. On the other hand, Warner is currently the highest run-getter of the tournament, accruing a staggering total of 692 runs at a scintillating average of 69.20. He is also scheduled to return for Australia’s World Cup preparations.
“Warner and (Jonny) Bairstow have been world class. Very hard to fill someone’s boots. But as a team, we’ll have to pick up the slack. You’re always looking for more runs,” Williamson added.