Raipur: Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Eoin Morgan said the absence of paceman Ashish Nehra hurt them badly on Friday night, as they suffered a narrow defeat to the Delhi Daredevils. Nehra, who made an impact this season with his consistent line, length and speed, has been ruled out of the IPL with a hamstring injury.
"Obviously it was a big blow missing Ashish. He was injured after the first game of Bangalore. So (Barinder) Sran came in then and did really well. It was quite an easy transition for him. Today, he took wickets for us...so, credit to him," Morgan said at the post match conference. The England T20 captain also said his team failed to take its opportunities. "Yes, we had chances...I mean the tough lesson was learned," he said.
On a query about David Warner's captaincy, Morgan said, "Every individual has his own unique way of leading and David's is a little different from mine. But David's captaincy works and I believe mine works too. So it's simple, do what you believe in and what is your strength."
Morgan said the Sunrisers' first innings total of 160 was a par score. "I think we finished well. We have plenty of power hitters. If you look at the middle-order, there are Henriques, Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) and myself right down," he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Daredevils batsman Karun Nair, who smashed a blistering 83 to help his side to chase down the target, said it was one of his best innings. "It is one of the best knocks I can say, because I was able to pull the team through and took it at the end, and stayed not out," Nair said. "It was really a good pitch to bat on. I wanted to play normal cricket shots and just tried to hit the gaps. Luckily, everything I did went into the gaps and I am happy that the team won."
Nair also said 160 was a good score on the Raipur ground. "Although it was a good wicket, the outfield is big. It was the equivalent 180-185 on a normal ground," he said.
When asked what was he thinking when the match went into the last over with DD still needing 11 runs, Nair said he was aiming for one boundary. "I was just thinking of getting that one boundary. In two balls, we needed to get one boundary. There was nothing going on in my mind apart from staying positive and staying still."
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Updated Date: May 21, 2016 12:51:31 IST