IPL 2021: Poor batting, need to play smart cricket: dissappointed David Warner after 13 run loss to Mumbai Indians

David Warner (Pic Courtesy: India TV)

Chennai: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner is surprised by his side’s winless streak in IPL. He expressed his disappointment at his team’s “poor batting” against defending champions Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. SRH lost their third straight match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. SRH is the only team yet to register a win in the campaign.

Sunrisers bowlers successfully restricted Mumbai to 150 for five. The Orange Army was cruising towards an easy win with captain Warner (36), and, Jonny Bairstow (43) added 67 runs for the first wicket before the Bairstow’s dismissal and then Warner was run out courtesy by an outstanding fielding from Hardik Pandya. But following their departure, SRH crumbled under pressure during a chase and once again lost a match from a seemingly winning position. As the orange army suffered a dramatic collapse to eventually fall 13 runs short of the target.

“I don’t know how to take that. Obviously disappointing. Two of us were set but it proves that if you don’t bat deep, you can’t win,” Warner said at the post-match presentation.

“That was my game-plan, a great piece of fielding from Hardik though. But that’s the game of cricket. These are very much chase able targets, if you get a partnership and if there is one person at the end, you can chase it down. The guys need to play smart cricket in the middle, the bowlers have been fantastic and this wicket was slower than the previous wickets that we have played. You got to learn from mistakes and it’s our responsibility at the top to bat deep. The bowlers adapted well. We have to move forward and keep having smiles on our faces.” he added.

The 34 year old also gave an update on his teammate Kane Williamson’s injury and said he is likely return to the playing XI.

“We have to speak to the physios, he’s (Williamson) coming along nicely and plays a big role in our squad,” added Warner.  SRH will play their next match against Punjab Kings on Wednesday (April 21).


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