Following Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) loss against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Super Over called the game ‘too good’ and admitted that there was no excuses for his team. The match was touted to be an important clash in shaping the points table and Warner admitted that he was disappointed with the result.
SRH chose to bowl first after winning the toss and restricted KKR to 164 runs. Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik were involved in an explosive partnership for KKR that helped them to the said score. Chasing, SRH got off to a flying start but soon lost their way thanks to Lockie Ferguson’s three-wicket haul. In the final over bowled by Andre Russell with 18 runs required, Warner could only score 17.
In the Super Over, Ferguson was at it again as he cleaned up both Warner and Abdul Samad for just 2 runs. KKR chased it down with ease to win the match.
‘We lost wickets at crucial times’ – Warner
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Warner reflected on the thrilling match and pointed out where his side went wrong. He said, “I don’t know where to start. That was too good a game. We probably leaked a few too many towards the back end but for us it’s about trying to finish games. We’ve come too close in the last three games and we haven’t got across the line. I am quite disappointed.”
Questions were raised with respect to Warner’s decision to bowl first in the match but the Australian said he sticks by his decision. “I stick by my decision (of bowling first). Obviously coming away from Dubai, this wicket here looked like a nice batting wicket and wasn’t gonna change too much. To be honest, it didn’t. It held up a little bit in the middle overs but at the end of the day, there’s no excuse. I thought 165-170 was a par total and you saw that towards the back end, we lost wickets at the crucial time again.”
Warner was also asked on Williamson who was limping with an injury. The Australian said, “He’s (Williamson) got a niggle near the top end of the adductors, so hopefully he gets some physio treatment in the next couple of days and comes up for our next game.”