The Sunrisers Hyderabad finally defeated the unbeaten Gujurat Titans at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. The 2016 Champions chased down a total of 162 with 8 wickets in hand as their captain Kane Williamson scored 54 alongside opener Abhishek Sharma’s 42. West Indian batter Nicolas Pooran also hit a quickfire 34 as the Orange register its second win of the season.
The Titans had a difficult night with a slow start to their batting in the first innings. No batter other than captain Hardik Pandya was in runs as he hit a great half-century. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Marco Jenson and T Natarajan were the top bowlers for Hyderabad.
Changes in the Points Table
After the twenty-first match of the 2022 IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad is eighth on the table with four points from four games with a net run rate of -0.501. Whereas the Gujurat Titans are fifth on the table with six points from four games with a net run rate of +0.097. SRH will face the Kolkata Knight Riders on 15 April while GT will go head to head against the Mumbai Indians on 16 April.
Chennai Super Kings will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the DY Patil Stadium. The four-time champions are still looking for their first victory of the season as they lost their fourth-straight loss of the season. While RCB defeated the Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the MCA stadium in Pune.
What do the captains say?
SRH captain Kane Williamson was elated by his team’s victory and said, “It was I thought a very good game of cricket. Probably it was a par total. They had a strong bowling attack. We wanted to get partnerships and we got that. The guys have been clear about the roles. There are a number of challenges. The execution was largely good.”
“It was tough to hit through the line. Nice to get some partnerships and get across the line. Might just be cramps for Rahul and hopefully, he can recover quickly. Washington as well. Hopefully, he can recover quickly as well. It is just about guys going out there and trying to perform for the team. It was a nice improved performance today.”
GT captain Hardik Pandya pointed out the areas of improvement for his team in the match. He said, “I think batting wise we were 7-10 runs short, that would have made difference in the end. We started well with the ball, but those two overs where they scored 30 runs, got them back into the game.”
“IPL is tough so I tried to show some toughness (against Malik). That (blow to the helmet) woke me up. They bowled well and stuck to their plans, credit to them for the way they bowled. We need to learn from the mistakes, we will have a conversation and a laugh as we have our next game in a couple of days.