Mumbai, May 8 (IANS): Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson has regretted his batting’s inability to strike a few partnerships and chase an intimidating 193 deep in their 67-point loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
After Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis anchored the innings with an unbeaten 73 and Dinesh Karthik provided a grandstand finish with a sensational eight-ball 30 to take the team to 192/3, Hyderabad had a horror start as Williamson ran out for a diamond duck and was followed by clean Abhishek Sharma played by Glenn Maxwell.
Although Rahul Tripathi slammed an incredible 58 and was buoyed up by some big shots from Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran, Hyderabad couldn’t break free from the pressure of the scoreboard and were heavily outclassed by Bangalore to win. crush to his fourth straight defeat of the tournament.
“We didn’t get off to a good start, they had a very good total on that surface. It was holding a bit, and it was turning a bit, the wicket. We needed to build partnerships and deepen the game in order to to maximize the opportunities on this Wankhede ground, but we couldn’t do that,” Williamson said after the game.
With just three games left in the IPL 2022 Championship Stage, time is running out for Hyderabad to sort out their batting issues. “It’s been quite a challenge for us, we have to find ways to turn that pressure around and turn things around. These are normal totals, the batting has been quality, but as a unit there are areas to be addressed.”
“I think earlier in the competition, when there was help with the new ball, we were certainly very threatening, so we have to go back to the drawing board because we have a little gap between the next game,” Williamson said.
Williamson admitted that Bangalore was too strong for them and was able to outclass them in all departments of the game. “We’ll have to get a little more creative and find ways to change the momentum. Today we We were outplayed, RCB is a very strong team, in fact all teams are strong. For us, it’s about trying to keep calm. We need to improve, but we don’t need to think too much. Margins are still good, but we need to show signs of improvement.”
Williamson signed off saying he hopes to see left-arm playmakers T. Natarajan and Marco Jansen recover from their respective injuries to take part in the commercial end of Hyderabad’s league phase.
“A lot of learning, we’ve been outplayed like I said, but we have a gap. So it’s important for us to reassess and we need to be clear on how we target our next games and take it positively. I’m not sure exactly, but I think they (Jansen, Natarajan) are recovering quite well. I certainly hope to see them again soon.”