It was a classic SRH script, Openers or core players scored runs and then bowlers did their job to.defend that total. Though it was the used pitch of the last match but SRH openers played sensibly and scored 160 odd runs. Credit to them they did not go looking for 180 or 200 they adjusted to a slighter slower pitch and played accordingly to guide their team to 162.
So Hyderabad are finally out there doing what they do best — scratch around with the bat, claw their way to 160, dry out the powerplay with the ball and then spin a web in the middle stages before some extreme death bowling on a slow, low, sticky surface and with large boundaries. This is their Uppal. Also, it may’ve come a couple of games later than they’d have liked, but they’re finally off the mark. And to be fair, this was the first time their team combination looked like one that could win. To break it down simply, all they needed was for Kane Williamson to return and beef up their middle-order. There wass a reason why he was the official captain for the last two seasons, and there was a reason why SRH made it to the play-offs in either. Never mind. Delhi’s chase wasn’t on point at any stage. Shaw fell early, Iyer and Dhawan just couldn’t get going, and when Rashid Khan’s in his mood, you’re playing a 16 over game, with seven wickets. Let’s not indulge ourselves in his mastery and forget the death bowling though, because Natarajan and Bhuvneshwar were absolutely on point with their yorkers, nailing it ball after ball after ball. Yea, just SRH things ..
Shreyas Iyer | Losing captain: We were pretty much happy with 162, it was a par score on this wicket. We had no idea how this wicket would behave as this is our first game here. They outplayed us in all three departments and credit to them for that. It was surprising and in the second innings, it (pitch) was two-paced. When I went in, the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat. We thought dew would come on but we can’t give any reasons at this moment. We didn’t execute the way we wanted to. Lot of learnings from this wicket and conditions. Ricky went in (during the time-out) and we needed one batsman to take a chance as the required rate was pretty high. The ground is very big and we didn’t capitalize on taking doubles. We knew boundaries are big here and doubles will be key for us, It didn’t work out for us, hopefully next time we can maximize the opportunities.
David Warner | Winning captain: We lost the toss tonight and won the game, so feels good. Unfortunately Mitch Marsh was injured and we had to figure out how to get overs in but young Abhishek Sharma came in. We have been working really hard in our training with the death bowling, and today they were fantastic because they can be called up at any stage. We need a bit of luck with the bat, around ten of them found the fielders. We pride ourselves on our running between the wickets. But in this heat, running does take a toll. I did hit some good shots, and I told the analyst that it only found the fielders.
Rashid Khan is the man of the match.