Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain Kane Williamson admitted that his team will have to improve a bit and execute their plans better after they suffered a 61-run defeat against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their opening match of the ongoing IPL 2022 on March 29.
The skipper said Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) started on a good note with pacer Umran Malik hitting the 150kmph mark in the first over itself, but things got off track once his bowlers sent down a few no-balls as Rajasthan Royals (RR) went on to post a challenging 210/6 in Pune.
In response, SRH could not tackle the RR’s bowling attack and were restricted to 149/7 in 20 overs to face a big loss in their first match of the IPL 2022 on Tuesday.
Williamson said at the post-match presentation: “I think we started beautifully with the ball. We've seen in all games there's swing and assistance with the new ball -- you have to try and make some inroads. We looked likely, but some fine margins. It was a good surface and they are a difficult team to stop.”
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The skipper added, “For us, we need to look at it logically and there are a number of things to improve on. That said, T20 throws some curveballs at you, got to get your chin up.”
On being asked about the problem of no-balls, the SRH skipper noted: “It's not something common to us as a side. It was a surprise. We certainly don't want to be doing that. It represents extra deliveries and when you take a wicket off it, it's never nice. A number of things you can't control.”
Hailing Umran Malik, the New Zealander said: “He's exciting, has the raw pace. He's young, got some experience last year, and surely will continue to get better.”
He signed off by saying, “We've got to sit down, we've (got) a few days before the next game. We know the nature of T20 can be fickle. We were put under pressure in the first innings' second half, and for us, as a young team, we need to be nice and clear on what we want to execute. We want to learn.”
SRH will next take on the new franchise, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), in their IPL 15 match on April 4, and Williamson said that they will sit down and discuss things in the next couple of days.
(With IANS Inputs)