Sunrisers Hyderabad have managed to beat the number two placed team of the tournament, that’s a commendable effort. Everything fell in place for them tonight. Warner won the toss and elected to bowl first on a slow paced track. The skipper exactly got what he was looking for. Sandeep Sharma was sensational with the new ball as he got two huge wickets in the form of Padikkal and Kohli. The batsmen who followed next couldn’t do much either as SRH were top notch with their bowling performance. And a target of 121 was never going to challenge the chasing team with dew setting in. Although Warner departed early, Saha made sure to hang in there and add few crucial runs. They did lose few needless wickets, but got over the line eventually, with Holder playing that cameo of 26*(10).
Virat Kohli | Losing captain: It was never enough. We thought 140 might be a good total to sort of get into the game on that kind of wicket. Things changed drastically in the second innings. There was a lot of dew which we didn’t quite predict, they got it right at the toss eventually. In the end it was very difficult to hold the ball. Strange one. In between we thought the weather has become pleasant and there wasn’t any dew, but last few games in Dubai and here as well there has been dew. The pattern keeps changing but regardless you need to have runs on the board. We weren’t brave enough with the bat throughout the innings and credit to them – they used the pitch well and the change of pace. It is a competitive tournament and you can’t take any games lightly or any teams for granted, the situation is in front of us – we have to win our last game to hopefully finish in the top two. It also gives teams a chance to make a comeback. Having said that it makes you aware of your downfalls as a team and things that you need to correct going forward. It is going to be a cracker of a game with both teams locked in at 14 points. I have always been a Bangalore boy in the IPL never sort of drifted towards Delhi.
David Warner | Winning captain: Coming into this game, we knew we had to beat the top two teams in order to progress. We got one more to go against Mumbai. Losing Vijay is a big miss. For us we have worked out, how to go about at the top of the order. With the bowling, all the credit goes to them. We are finding the right balance and the right partnerships. To go for less than 20 in 4 overs, it’s ridiculous. The wicket is slowing up a bit, the bowlers got to adapt to it. Tonight the bowlers have executed it well. Dubai has been the same, I think it gets dewy here. It wasn’t a surprise at all. Holder’s a great all-rounder. To bowl a bouncer against someone like him, you have to dig it very short. It’s great to have that consistency. We knew we had to win today, and that’s the case in the next game. In 2016 we had to win three games and we did that.
Sandeep Sharma is the man of the match.