Captain Sunrisers Hyderabad Kane Williamson was not very alarmed after his side lost their first match of the IPL 2022 to Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals (RR) on March 29, 2022, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. This was the first game of this Indian Premier League season for both teams.
SRH’s Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl first when the two teams clashed at the MCA stadium in Pune. Sunrisers included Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran and Romario Shepherd as their foreign players. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals (RR) had Jos Buttler, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer and Nathan Coulter-Nile as their overseas contingent.
Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal gave RR a flying start with 58 runs in 6 overs. This included getting Jos Buttler a life after Bhuvneshwar Kumar fired him on a no-ball. Jaiswal fell for 20 in 16 balls, while Buttler made 35 with 3 fours and 3 sixes before being fired by Umran Malik.
Sanju Samson then went on to attack 55 in just 27 balls with 5 sixes and 3 fours to his name, before Bhuvneshwar let Abdul Samad catch him near the border. Batting at number 4, Devdutt Padikkal made 41 in 29 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes and impressed everyone despite being for RCB for two seasons.
Sunrisers Hyderabad falter at the start but finish strong despite losing the match
SRH never got going in their pursuit as they were reduced to 78/6 with RR opening bowlers Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna each taking two wickets, while Yuzvendra Chahal took 3/22. Despite Aiden Markram’s 57* and a light-hearted 40 in 14 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixs from Washington Sundar at death, SRH only managed 149/7 as they lost the game by 61 runs.
After the match Kane Williamson, the SRH skipper seemed dejected but was unconcerned about the outcome as he chatted with the commentators.
He said: “I think we started beautifully with the ball. We’ve seen in all the games there’s swing and assist with the new ball – you have to try and get through. We seemed likely, but some fine margins. It was a good surface and it is a hard team to stop. For us, we have to look at it logically and there are some things that need to be improved.
That said, T20 is throwing some curveballs at you, you need to get your chin up. (No own bowlers’ balls) It’s not something we have in common as a party. It was a surprise. We certainly don’t want to do that. It stands for extra deliveries and if you take a wicket of it it is never fun. Some things are out of your control.”
Umran Malik has a fast pace and he is exciting: Kane Williamson
Williamson was very positive about the team’s future in the coming games, citing that the T20 format is fickle and that one day it might be bad but the next could turn. He also praised the young pacesetter Umran Malik, who picked 2/39, including bowling, the fastest ball of the match to exceed 150 km/h.
“(Umran Malik) Exciting, has the raw pace. He is young, got some experience last year and will definitely get better. We have to step aside, we have a few days before the next game. We know that the nature of T20 can be fickle. We were put under pressure in the bottom of the first innings and for us as a young team we have to be nice and clear about what we want to execute. We want to learn. With the bat it was difficult – the ball moved. We threw some punches to the back and Rajasthan did that beautifully.” Williamson signed off.
SRH then plays LSG on April 4, while RR takes on MI on April 2.
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