From being one step away from an early elimination to storming into the second qualifier in style, Sunrisers Hyderabad have completely changed their fortune in IPL 2020. SRH is now fancying a shot at the title after securing four straight wins against the top sides of the league. The David Warner led side secured a 6 wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a last-over thriller last night.
Put to bat first in the eliminator, the Virat Kohli led side finished on a modest 131 before SRH comfortably chased down after some early hiccups. Kane Williamson‘s match-saving fifty and Jason Holder‘s late flourish snatched the game away from RCB in the last over thriller.
They picked up their game at the right moment
Following their recent heroics, former Indian captain Krish Srikkanth commended SRH for their courageous efforts. Srikkanth is mighty impressed by the way SRH have carried themselves so far in the league even after losing their pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar midway through the tournament.
“Hyderabad have proved beyond doubt what an aggressive mindset can bring about. Staring at the wrong end of the barrel, they picked up their game at the right moment to register three thumping wins and by some distance look the most dangerous side at the moment. Remember, they made the cut despite losing key players to injuries during the campaign, none bigger than missing the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. To make the top-four without a senior Indian bowler is a commendable achievement indeed,” the former chief selector of India wrote in his TOI column.
But things are looking dire for Warner’s side as they have lost their in-form opener, Wriddhiman Saha, to injury. Saha has been an important clog of the team and played an integral role in the revival of the side’s playoff hopes. Saha has hammered 184 runs in his three innings atop the order replacing Englishman Jonny Bairstow.
But losing him not only makes their top order unstable but also takes away Warner’s freedom to express himself and play freely. We saw a glimpse of the instability the other night against RCB where a couple of quick wickets at the top left a huge chunk of the work for SRH’s wobbly middle order.
It will be interesting to see how the vulnerable SRH side pulls themselves together before the second qualifier against Delhi Capitals on Sunday.