Sunrisers Hyderabad once again returned to its winning zone with a whopping 69-run win over Kings XI Punjab and with this win, they placed at the third spot in the points table as well. While, the openers of Sunrisers Hyderabad – captain David Warner and Jonny Bairstow played swashbuckling knocks and stitched a 160 runs stand for the first wicket, their bowlers were no different.
Their key bowler Rashid Khan once again showed his class in the game. Although Kings XI Punjab were not in the game since the beginning, their star batsman Nicholas Pooran single-handedly tried his best. He smashed 77 from 37 balls with 5 fours and 7 sixes before giving a catch to T Natarajan at backward point off Rashid Khan. However, before that, no bowler had the clue to restrict his onslaught.
And one point, it felt like Pooran could take his side home as well. To this, David Warner said in the post-match presentation, “I was a bit nervous while Nicholas was hitting it over the stands. I was fortunate to play in Bangladesh with him. You always think, ‘What can I do, how can I get him out?'”
While Rashid Khan provided with te breakthrough, Warner applauded his key spinner. He said, “He’s (Rashid) a world-class bowler, it’s great to have him. He always delivers in pressure situations.”
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He also opened up about their onslaught in the opening where he smashed a blitzy 52 off 40 with 5 fours and a six and his opening partner Jonny Bairstow went one step ahead with a stunning 97 off 55 with 7 fours and 6 sixes. Although they lost a few wickets soon after their dismissal, it was Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 20 off 10 and Abhishek Sharma’s 6-ball 12 helped Hyderabad touched the 200-run mark as they ended up posting 201 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs.
While talking about the partnership with Bairstow, he said, “At the moment, I am just rotating strike for him (Bairstow). We enjoy batting with each other. We tried to negate the swing by coming at them (KXIP bowlers).”