Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner has credited the side's bowlers and fielders for their comfortable 22-run win over two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL Eliminator on Wednesday.
After posting 162 for eight, riding on Yuvraj Singh's 30-ball-44, Sunrisers came up with a fine bowling and fielding effort to restrict KKR to 140 for eight, thereby progressing to the second IPL Qualifier for the first time since making their debut in 2013. Sunrisers will now take on Gujarat Lions for a place in the IPL final, to be held against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 29 May.
"The bowlers have shown fantastic appetite. Ashish Nehra being injured was a big miss for us. His experience is second to none. But the guys have stepped up. Barinder Sran has been bowling really well. He is still learning and the credit goes to Bhuvneswar Kumar, because he has been helping Sran a lot, day in and day out. That's the good thing about this team, that everyone is willing to learn," Warner said. "The pleasing thing from my point of view is the way we fielded in the match. We were pretty sloppy throughout the tournament. But the guys came out and took some very good catches. I was very pleased with our ground fielding."
However, Warner said they were some runs short after being asked to bat first. "I thought we were probably 10-15 runs short. Before the toss, I was in two minds whether to bat or bowl. I always felt playing here in the past when you get good runs on the board and put pressure on the opposition, it's always hard to get going. That's how we felt when we were batting," he said.
Warner also praised young KKR spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who returned with figures of 3 for 35, for having denied Sunrisers a big score. "We talked about not losing in clumps. But I was really disappointed the way I got out. Yadav bowled well on a turning track. It's always hard for a young bowler to come and bowl to an experienced player like Yuvi. He is going to be a good spinner in the years to come," Warner said.
Asked about their next match against Gujarat Lions, the Australian said, "We know who their key players are. We know they have got very good firing power. Dwayne Smith has been playing very well. Their openers are going to come hard. For us, it's about starting well as a unit whether we bat or bowl first. We need to make sure that we execute our plans."
KKR's young left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav also said the target was chaseable. "The target was chaseable. It was not that big, but a decent target and we should have achieved that," he said. He also said he was satisfied with his own performance. My job was to pick up wickets in the middle overs and I am happy that I could do that for the team. But it was
challenging to bowl to Yuvraj Singh. He is a legend."
Kuldeep said the turning point in the match was the key wicket of Yusuf Pathan. "According to me, the turning point was Yusuf bhai's wicket. We kept on losing wickets at regular intervals after that," he said.
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Updated Date: May 26, 2016 12:50:30 IST