On 6th April, the winning streak of Sunrisers Hyderabad came to an abrupt halt against Mumbai Indians. After a three-match winning streak, the home team slumped to a defeat of a huge 40-run margin.
The main difference of the defeat is that the middle order of SRH couldn’t fire. In the previous game against Delhi Capitals, they had looked rusty which became more evident against MI. This led to the discussions of when skipper Kane Williamson will return to the team.
The Kiwi star player is currently nursing a shoulder injury and has played just one game out of the team’s five games. During his absence Jonny Bairstow and Mohammad Nabi established themselves with classy performances.
With David Warner and Rashid Khan already in the ranks, it seems that Williamson might remain benched even if he becomes fit fully. However interim skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar has revealed that the Kiwi star will walk into the team once he is fit.
Bhuvi said that he is happy with the performances of the overseas players and also that their selection would be difficult. However he isn’t concerned with that aspect. Bhuvi wants the middle-order to perform better as they struggled to get going for two times in chases under 140.
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130 in any surface should be chased : Bhuvi
“When Kane (Williamson) will be fit, he will come back as he is the captain,” remarked the interim skipper. “If you have 5 or 6 overseas players performing consistently, it is a good sign for any team. It will be difficult to decide (4 overseas spots), but it is not really a concern.”
“We couldn’t capitalize on the good start. We needed to have partnerships of 20-25 runs in the middle which we didn’t do. That is something we needed to address before going into the next match,” he added.
After two high-scoring games, the pitch in RGI stadium in Hyderabad proved tricky for batsmen. Moreover the rain on the eve of the game affected the pitch and made it damp. As a result anything above 140 seemed like a winning score.
“The pitch was little damp and on the slower side and wasn’t an easy track for the batsmen. But 130 is a chase-able score. We just needed partnerships from the middle-order which we didn’t get.” concluded Bhuvneshwar Kumar.