Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner was critical of his middle-order batsmen’s approach throughout the middle-overs which cost their side the game, their second successive loss in this year’s IPL in as many matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad ended up posting 142 off their 20 overs, 83 off which came after Warner’s dismissal off the first ball of the 10th over. “We just can’t have batsmen on the bench and two others batting 20 overs,” said Warner. “We could have gone a little bit harder. After I got out, we played out 4-5 overs for about 20 runs. We have to apply more pressure and hit more boundaries in the middle period. I am disappointed with the dot balls we played. I think there were 35-36 dot balls. I don’t think it’s acceptable in T20 cricket.”
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While the partnership between Manish Pandey and Wriddhiman Saha was worth 62, it took them almost half the innings to get those runs, with big-hitting batsmen such as Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan sitting in the dugout.
Despite the below-average performance, Warner felt that the batting order wasn’t the problem as he felt that the 10th over was too early to send a pinch hitter like Nabi in. He said, “It’s easy to say that we should have sent a pinch hitter. You have to put a genuine batsman in. When I got out, we had to build a partnership. When I got out, we had to build some momentum. It’s unfortunate that they bowled well, pulled their length back and we couldn’t hit the boundaries.”
Warner called for a change in mindset heading into their next encounter. “I think we need to change our mindset before we play here again. The boundaries are a tad bigger than what they are in India. We have to work out where we are going to get our boundaries,” he said.