Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) suffered a heartening 2-wicket in the Eliminator at the hands of the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday (May 8). In the first innings, the Delhi bowlers bowled really well to restrict the opposition within a par first innings total. However, the real thrill came in the second innings of the match, when the momentum shifted ends quite frequently. Rishabh Pant did play a fantastic inning but then left his team depleting on the doorsteps of a probable victory.
However, towards the end, DC all-rounder Keemo Paul held his nerves to finish off the matters in just the last over of the game and in turn guided his team to an emphatic win. With this drubbing, the Kane Williamson-led team has been eliminated from the tournament.
After the loss, SRH skipper Kane Williamson addressed the media reporters in the post-match press conference and reckoned that he believed they had posted a competitive score on the board. “It was one of those surfaces that produces such close matches. I believed we had a competitive total after the first half, I knew it would be a tricky chase after the powerplay, with such totals there are small margins, we have been in a position of strength before and haven’t nailed it, today was another such day, a little bit frustrating,” quoted Kane Williamson during the post-match press conference.
They deserved this win
Chasing a stiff target of 163 runs, Delhi Capitals’ two openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw started the matters in an amazing manner, blistering the Hyderabad bowlers in all parts of the ground. Shaw came out in a dazzling mood, racking up an excellent half-century off just 31 balls.
Williamson stated that the Delhi team started very well and had all the momentum with some quality players in their ranks, they deserved to win. He mentioned that it wasn’t their best of performances and a few things need to be changed.
“Delhi played very well, they are a strong outfit and I think they deserved this win, think they will go all the way. We believed it was a winning total and it looked like it for a long time, they started well and had all the momentum, they had some quality players, as expected on this wicket we squeezed them back and got ourselves ahead, we weren’t very clinical with the catching or in our bowling, we weren’t great today. It wasn’t our best performance, a few things needed to be changed and it could have been a winning total,” he added.
While speaking on the team’s fortunes this year, Williamson said, “We can reflect back on some games, we had similar matches last time around and we were on the right side of those, not this time though, we were on the underside of those totals. We are building well as a franchise and the development process will have to continue.”