Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s all-rounder Vijay Shankar heaped praises on openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow for providing a blistering start that helped them chase down a 199-run target against Rajashtan Royals and open their account in the season.
Shankar, who himself scored a 15-ball 35-run knock, felt that the big opening stand helped them attack the bowlers in the middle overs. “It is very important to start the tournament well and this win was something we are waiting for. Overall, we played really well to win this game. Warner played a brilliant knock. When you are chasing a target of 200, you needed such kind of start.
“Bairstow’s knock was even more important because Warner was striking the ball so well, when Bairstow scored 40 from 20 balls that changed the game for us. If he was striking run ball, it would have been difficult but he also scored quick runs to set up the chase. That’s when we got 100 in nine overs and got closer to target.”
However, Shankar said that was disappointed not to finish the match himself. “I am pretty disappointed the way I got out. I was waiting for such an opportunity and I created an opportunity where I win the game for my team. I should have come not out.”
He further said that he wants to bat according to situation rather than thinking himself as a middle-order batsman or a finisher. “It depends on the particular match situation whether I am a middle-order or a finisher. If I can adapt myself to whatever the situation and win a match for the team, that would be great. If you are playing such a high intensity, it is all about how you adapt to the situation,” he added.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the main bowling stay of the Sunrisers, was taken for runs in the second consecutive match. But Shankar backed Bhuvi to come good. “We are not disappointed with his performance. He is just one good over or a wicket away from being the best. Sunrisers had one of the best bowling units last year and he was the reason. We know these things (going for runs) happen in T20s. He will bounce back.”
He also had a word of praise for Royals’ batsman Sanju Samson, whose century went in vain. “I think, the 100 he got was outstanding. You have to play really well to get a century. He played very well. We have to give it to him. It was a great knock.”
Meanwhile, Royals’ batsman Rahul Tripathi said that the hosts’ good start made the chase easy for them. “We scored a great total and I thought it was enough. But we didn’t have the luck going our way in the bowling. One or two wickets in the middle overs could have changed the course of the game. They started well and continued till the end. The way Warner hit, we didn’t have any plan against him. His batting in the power play took the game away from us.”