Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner praised ‘world class’ Rashid Khan for his position within the staff’s 69-run thrashing of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) within the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Dubai on Thursday.
Rashid claimed 3-12 from his 4 overs because the win propelled SRH to 3rd within the factors desk. Warner stated, “Rashid obviously gets shown a lot of respect, he’s a world class bowler and it’s nice to have him. Obviously it’s disappointing and sad for Bhuvi but having him out gives others opportunities and we did okay.”
KXIP’s Nicholas Pooran proved a risk to SRH with a 17-ball fifty — the quickest of the continued event — however he in the end fell to Rashid on 77.
“Enjoyed it, but was a little nervous when Nicholas was hitting them out with four overs to get in. I played with him in Bangladesh and when he’s hitting it clean, you always think it’s hard,” stated Warner.
Warner (52) and Jonny Bairstow (97) placed on their fifth 100-run partnership within the IPL since 2019 to set the tone for SRH.
Of their partnership, Warner stated, “I don’t know why people think there’s so much hatred between the two countries! It’s going well, at the moment I’m just giving him strike. Look we really enjoy batting together out there. We tried to take it to them and fortunately enough today we were able to get through the powerplay.”
KXIP suffered a fourth straight loss within the 2020 IPL which leaves it backside of the desk with two factors.
Having set a goal of 202, KXIP openers and top-scorers, KL Rahul (11) and Mayank Agarwal (9), fell early within the chase. Apart from Pooran’s 77, no different batsman gave a great account of themselves as KXIP was bowled out for 132.
On the chase, skipper Rahul stated, “When we lose wickets in the PowerPlay, it’s gonna be tough, especially when we’re playing only six batters. Getting Mayank run-out wasn’t the ideal start, it was a disaster. It was also one of those days when everything we hit in the air went to the fielders.”
SRH seemed set for an enormous rating when it was 160 for no loss after 15 overs however KXIP bowlers Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh pulled issues again for the facet.
“The last five games we struggled with our death bowling, but that was a positive today. The boys showed courage and pulled things bat, you expect them to score 230-plus after that start. Bishnoi’s shown a lot of heart, he’s not been afraid whether it’s the PowerPlay or at the back end. He’s enjoyed those occasions,” stated Rahul.
On Pooran’s knock, the 28-year-old stated, “Pooran is just so good to watch and he’s batting really well. He did the same thing every time he got a chance last year as well. One more thing for us to stay positive about, we know that Nicky will come good.”