IPL 2019: Match 48, SRH vs KXIP - Who Said What

IPL 2019: Match 48, SRH vs KXIP – Who Said What

Warner is now looking forward towards the World Cup.

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have thumped the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 45 runs in the match 48 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). David Warner was the architect of this victory as he smashed 81 runs off just 56 deliveries with the bat to sign off from the season in style. He is set to leave the team now and the SRH will badly miss him and could only hope for the replacement player to replicate the similar heroics.

After being put in to bat first, SRH got off to a brilliant start courtesy of another new opening pair of Warner and Wriddhiman Saha. The latter didn’t disappoint and scored 28 runs off just 13 balls. Manish Pandey joined the Aussie and like the last couple of matches, the duo added 82 runs in no time to keep the team well ahead in the game. While Pandey scored 40, Warner looked good for a century before both of them were dismissed by Ravi Ashwin in the same over.

Nevertheless, they had put SRH in a great position and the good work was carried on by Mohammad Nabi and the skipper Kane Williamson. Both of them played decent cameos to propel the team to 212 runs after 20 overs.

Rahul fights a lone battle

KL Rahul, in the chase, could never open up despite getting set as the wickets kept on falling from the other end. First Chris Gayle and then Mayank Agarwal threw away brief starts and the other batsmen just followed one after the other. But Rahul didn’t deter and played some delightful strokes to briefly threaten SRH.

He started playing his shots in the last five overs when the team needed 90 runs to win the match. At one stage, like Warner, even he looked good to cross the three-figure mark. But it was all about one good ball and Khaleel Ahmed delivered it to cut short the superb knock on 79. Eventually, KXIP could only reach 167 runs for the loss of eight wickets after 20 overs.

Man of the Match, David Warner said:

It’s obviously great to get out there and do your job properly. We’ve got a great deck to bat on. The groundstaff have worked tirelessly to prepare good wickets and then it’s about going back to basics and backing your instincts.

I think it just goes back to being still as a batsman. I get the tendency to moving around a bit if there have been a few dots. But I have worked hard over the last few months. Just put the bat down and tried to be the best man I can be, the best husband I can be and that’s worked for me.

Yeah, I try to be the funny man in the team, the prankster. The gameplan is to back yourself, the first six overs is crucial with bat or ball, And it;s all simple. Just back your natural game.

This World Cup, you’ll see some high scores. Hopefully the ball doesn’t swing as much. Obviously England are the home team and they’re great. We’re world champions. I’m sure it’ll be great”

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper, Kane Williamson said:

Throughout the season you are looking for those two points. It was crunch time and big game for us and it was what we can call as a complete performance. They have been world class throughout the whole campaign, have put us in really strong positions.

It is important, there is a lot of work to do and it should be collective effort to fill someone’s boots directly. You are always looking for more and that is what you trying to do in every game you play. Two games left and they are equally important, we have a day off and then we look forward to Mumbai.

It was a really good performance from us all round, we lost to them last time, so we knew we were in a tough match. The most pleasing part has been our fielding performance. We pride ourselves on that and it will be important going into the final part of the tournament.

There are some guys on the sidelines raring to go. There will no doubt be some changes, they will be excited to get on the park and perform. We still have two games left before we consider those options. It is one game at a time and like you said there is depth in the squad – a strength of ours and we will be calling upon that. It is really exciting and a lot of hard work to go before any talk of finals.

Kings XI Punjab skipper, Ravi Ashwin said:

It’s not right to think about the past. It is important to stay in the present and try and move forward. It is not sort of deja vu or anything, one of the days we were outplayed in every department. It has not happened in the tournament before, but we were outplayed in bowling, batting and fielding. I thought 195-200 was about par.

We started poorly in the powerplay and then pulled it back nicely in the middle and backend of the game. If you see throughout, we have struggled to chase down totals in excess of 190. We have been around 175-180 and that is some sort of balance issue for us. It is pretty straightforward, you have to keep winning at this stage of the IPL.

It is quite hard if you are not able to gather those points. We have to keep our chin up and move forward. There is a lot of young energy inside the team. Everybody is looking forward to go out there and play. We got PrabhSimran to play, he has got some really ability and steam.

A win helps to galvanise the team but having said that, we will not go away that easily in the tournament, we will keep sticking our necks out in rest of the games.

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