It was yet another nail biting low scoring affair at the Chepauk as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) sealed their second win of the season. Sunrisers Hyderabad fell six runs short chasing a modest target of 150 as they conceded their second defeat of IPL 2021. While Glenn Maxwell starred for RCB with the bat, it was young all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed who starred with the ball picking up three wickets.
SRH skipper David Warner was all praises for the bowling unit who did great to restrict RCB for just 150. He admits that it was poor shot selection which cost them the game.
“A very bitter pill to swallow. Our bowlers were fantastic to restrict them. Maxwell batted well and set the platform. We needed two set batsmen at the end, but we failed to do that. We needed to build a partnership and play proper cricket shots. We played cross batted shots, and that’s not the way to play here,” Warner said in the post match presentation.
“We know how to approach in the upcoming games,” David Warner
While Warner admits that the loss will be a hard one to get by, he hails it as a learning experience. The Aussie feels that the wicket will improve with the upcoming games. He adds that it is crucial to play simple cricketing shots if one wants to score on the Chepauk wicket. Warner’s observations seem right given how power hitters have struggled at the venue lately.
“This hurts. We know how to approach in the upcoming games. We have another three games here and I think the wickets are going to get better. We need minimum damage in the first six overs and play simple cricket. The team batting second (at Chepauk) should have won all the four games. This is exactly what happened last night,” Warner adds.
Warner’s half-century went in vain as Shahbaz’s second over changed the course of the game. The left-arm spinner scalped three crucial wickets in the over to seriously dent SRH’s hope of acing the ace. The Sunrisers’ deep batting lineup failed to get going on the tricky Chepauk pitch as RCB orchestrated a perfect comeback.