Kane Williamson, the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, has come out and reiterated the need for his team to put 20 more runs with the bat in the first qualifier last night against the Chennai Super Kings and stated that it didn't allow them the leeway of having a bad over like the one Carlos Braithwaite bowled.
Protecting the target of just 140 on the big day, SRH took the game so close on the back of some terrific bowling by Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Rashid Khan, that CSK needed 43 from the last three overs with only 2 wickets in hand. This is the moment where the game changed.
Kane Williamson, perhaps, made his first big tactical error of the season as he bowled Carlos Braithwaite in the 18th over ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma and Faf du Plessis took full advantage of the over by putting away the West Indian for 20 runs. It was the over that changed the situation completely and CSK eventually won the game in the final over.
Williamson after the match was quoted saying, "Trip to Kolkata(for the second qualifier) now should be interesting. It was a good game of cricket, but if we are honest with ourselves, we were a few runs short with the bat. It was definitely not a 140 wicket. It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more"
"Saying that the game swung back our way, the bowlers were outstanding only didn't execute (in the death) as we have in the past. Now we have to do some hard work in Kolkata to come back here,"
The brilliant leader further added, "We certainly back our death bowlers in that position. Most times we would defend that total, but credit to the CSK lower order. They bat a long way down and they kept us under pressure"
"It is rough being on the other side of close ones, but we have been on the right side a number of times this year. It is important that we learn from this experience. At the same time, Faf played a beautiful knock for them. We are getting closer (to beating CSK). It would be great to be back here, but one game at a time,"