Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Willamson on Monday (4th April) praised his bowlers for good power play bowling despite loss to Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in an IPL 2022 encounter in Mumbai.
SRH suffered a disappointing 12-run loss against LSG to register their second consecutive defeat of the season. Bowling first, after winning the toss, they went off the flyer as Washington Sundar removed Quinton de Kock (1) and Evin Lewis (1) in his first two overs. Manish Pandey also perished soon to Romario Shepherd as LSG found themselves tumbling at 27/3.
After that KL Rahul (68) and Deepak Hooda (51) stitched a crucial 90-run partnership to put their side’s innings back on track. A contribution by Ayush Badoni (19) in the end helped LSG post a total of 169 runs on the board.
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Chasing the target, SRH lost both the openers in Kane Williamson (16) and Abhishek Sharma (13) inside the powerplay. Rahul Tripathi (44), Nicholas Pooran (34), and Washington Sundar (18) kept their side in the hunt. But Avesh Khan (4/24) and Jason Holder (3/34) combined to pick seven wickets and hand SRH their second loss of the season.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kane Williamson said that it was a much-improved performance from the last game. He praised his bowlers and admitted that the partnership between Deepak Hooda and KL Rahul was the difference that took LSG to 169.
He admitted that they were not good enough with the bat and had they stitched good partnerships they could’ve won the game as there was ‘enough power’ in the hut.
“Much better performance from the last outing. Our powerplay bowling was good with three wickets. If only we could break the next partnership but credit to Deepak Hooda and KL Rahul. That was the difference to take them to 170.
“There were glimpses where we put ourselves in positions to get over the line with the bat but wasn’t good enough. It was a good surface. We knew if we can get some good partnerships, there was enough power in the hut,” Kane Williamson said.
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Williamson said his side will reflect on the small errors from the LSG match but won't ignore the positives either.
“We’ll reflect on the small margins and look at the positives. I think the guys with the bowling roles were good. Some key death overs from us too. They were arguably wanting a few more runs as well.
“A few ones and a few twos and the chase would’ve taken a different shape. The game is a game of small margins but we don’t want to get too far ahead and try to look back on those good bits,” he said.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will next face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday (9th April) at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.