Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are having a problem of plenty right now, which has only been aggravated further after Kane Williamson's blazing innings against Delhi Daredevils (DD) — hitting a 51-ball 89 in the very first opportunity that he got in the ongoing tournament — that played a key role in the team's 15-run win.
Though elated after finally getting a break from having to carry drinks for his teammates, Williamson still wished he could hit massive sixes out of the stadium like T20 superstar Chris Gayle, who became the first batsman to 10,000 T20 runs during his smashing 77 against Gujarat Lions.
"I wish I could smack a few like Chris Gayle (laughs), but unfortunately not to be. I think it is about adapting to the best of your abilities and playing around with your strong points," Williamson was quoted as saying according to an interview on iplt20.com, when quizzed about his approach to batting in T20s.
Williamson, who replaced Mohammad Nabi in the SRH's second consecutive match at home, walked out to bat at a time when the hosts had lost captain David Warner early in the innings. He then went on to stitch a destructive 136-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan, who also found form by bringing up his first half-century in this tournament.
"I think the way Shikhar played — having a higher strike-rate than me, allowed me to get in, take my time and then tee off. T20 is very fickle in its nature, so you are fortunate that some of your risks do come off," said Williamson, describing the partnership that altered the course of the match.
Electing to bat first on winning the toss, SRH posted a challenging total of 191/4 in their allotted 20 overs with quickfire half-centuries from Williamson and Dhawan, with the former hammering six boundaries and five sixes while Dhawan studded his 50-ball stint with seven boundaries and a six.
In reply, Delhi could only manage 176/5. Shreyas Iyer was their highest scorer, remaining unbeaten on 50 runs which came off 31 balls with five hits to the fence and two sixes. Mohammed Siraj, who made his IPL debut after being picked in place of Barinder Sran, was the most successful among the SRH bowlers with figures of 2/39.
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: Apr 20, 2017 17:16 PM