Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) failed to end their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign on a winning note. The Kane Williamson-led team succumbed to a 4-wicket defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. SRH skipper Kane Williamson finally came back in form with a splendid knock which in turn helped his team put forward an imposing first innings total on the scoreboard. While in the second innings, the RCB batsmen pair of Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann stole the show with a staggering century partnership to take the matters towards an enthralling finish.
However, after their wickets, the match did become a little bit tensed for the home team, but then fast bowler Umesh Yadav held his calm to finish off the matters and in turn propelled RCB to an emphatic win. With this loss, the problems have increased for the Kane Williamson-led team as their playoffs hopes now completely depend on today’s (Sunday, May 5) game between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
If KKR manage to win, SRH will be knocked out from the race to the playoffs. However, if KKR do lose, SRH, despite having as many points as KKR, will make it to the playoffs on the basis of a better net run-rate.
They kept coming hard at us
SRH Kane Williamson feels they were surely 10-15 runs short in the first innings. He revealed that initially they felt that 175 was a competitive score. But then the brilliance of the duo of Gurkeerat and Shimron came in their way and things started going worse for the Sunrisers.
The pair of Hetmyer and Gurkeerat compiled a phenomenal partnership of 144 runs to help RCB attain a commanding position in the match. Hetmyer played an entertaining knock of 75 runs which included 6 sixes, while Gurkeerat also batted amazingly well for his 65 runs.
“Every time you turn up you like an element of control. At the halfway stage it felt like we set a competitive total. Credit to Bangalore for the way they stuck out and kept coming hard at us,” quoted Kane Williamson after the game.
“Naturally when you take your opportunities it does help. But that is a game of cricket. It would’ve been nice to get 10-15 runs in the first innings, but credit to Bangalore for keeping up the pressure. I suppose there are a number of fine lines, our last two matches could’ve gone either way but we ended up on the wrong side. But that’s T20 cricket for you,” he added.
We have to sit and wait
SRH team are very much eager to watch the game between MI and KKR scheduled to take place later in the day. Williamson noted that it is one of those times when they need to just sit and wait. “It is one of those things now, we have to sit and wait, things are not in control which is a shame. Fingers crossed, lets see how it goes tomorrow,” the SRH skipper concluded.