Another crucial game for Sunrisers Hyderabad and yet another calm and composed knock from Kane Williamson. The Kiwi batsman has been a great addition to the SRH middle order and has delivered more often than not to rescue the side in dire times. Williamson played a well-paced, unbeaten knock of fifty against Royal Challengers Bangalore to take his side home in the eliminator.
Chasing a modest 132, SRH lost openers David Warner and Shrevats Goswami early in the innings. Williamson, coming in at no.4, paired up first with Manish Pandey and then with Jason Holder to see his side over the line.
The surface was a little tricky
The New Zealand skipper, who was adjudged the man of the match in the eliminator, shares that it was crucial to play out the spinners, who were very accurate despite the dew coming in. Williamson adds that it was important to read the wicket, which was tricky, and adapt to the surrounding in a high-pressure game like the eliminator.
“Look it was a tough game. It was never going to be easy against a class side like RCB. The surface was a little tricky and chasing anything on it wasn’t easy. It was a challenge for us to restrict them to that kind of a total. They also had two world-class spinners. We did well to go through their spells without losing too many wickets,” he said after the game.
Williamson heaped Holder with praise for his crucial performances both with the bat and ball since his inclusion in the side. Holder picked up three wickets, including that of RCB skipper Virat Kohli, to restrict the opposition to a low total before playing a match-saving knock of 24 not out.
Williamson went on to hail him as “cooler” than him when it comes to handling the pressure. Holder struck two consecutive boundaries in the final over to seal the game.
“Batting at 4 can vary a lot and becomes surface dependent. A few shots from Jason helped. The guys have been fighting hard. He(Holder) is cooler than me. The all-rounder role in the team has been well held by him,” Williamson said.
SRH face a struggling Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier on Sunday.