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The Dinesh Karthik-led KKR chased down a total of 143 with 12 balls to spare. For KKR, Gill and Eoin Morgan remained unbeaten on 70 and 42 respectively.
Kolkata restricted Hyderabad to just 142/4, as all their bowlers put up a clinical show. Pat Cummins was the standout bowler for KKR as he ended with figures of 1-19 from his quota of four overs.
“In the match against KKR, I and Jonny (Bairstow) got ourselves in and we backed ourselves to play the way we wanted to play,” said Warner while replying to a question from ANI during a virtual post-match press conference.
“Unfortunately, through the middle (overs) we could have gone probably a little harder, we could have taken a few more risks. It was a very soft and poor dismissal from myself, my dismissal happened when we were looking to change the gears. I don’t blame anyone and I take full responsibility for not batting out the overs,” the SRH skipper added.
Warner managed to score 36 runs from 30 balls and he was dismissed in the 10th over off the bowling of Varun Chakravarthy. After his dismissal, Manish Pandey and Wriddhiman Saha found the going tough. The duo was not able to score runs at a brisk pace. Pandey played a knock of 51, managing to take SRH past the 140-run mark.
“I don’t know where it (went) wrong. We just cannot be having two batsmen on the bench…We played four-five overs for 20 runs after my dismissal. We need to apply a little more pressure on the bowlers and we need to try to hit more boundaries. I am more disappointed with the number of dot balls we played, there were 35-36 dot balls. In T20 cricket, it is not acceptable.
“You have to put a genuine batsman, it’s easy to say send a pinch-hitter. At that stage, with myself getting out, we had to send one genuine batsman (Saha). KKR bowlers bowled well,” he added.
In this year’s IPL, all the captains so far have won the toss and chosen to field first. But Warner decided to break the trend as he opted to bat first after winning the toss.
Talking about his decision, Warner said: “We have batted first before with dew in India. It’s about putting runs on the board. In the end, we were 20-30 runs short. If we had more, it probably would have been a good game. At the end of the day, if you don’t put the right total on the board, it will be very hard. There have been instances in the past where we have defended 130 or less.”
The Sunrisers will next lock horns with Delhi Capitals on September 29 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.