The monkey is off their back. Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Punjab Kings by nine wickets at the Chidambaram MA Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday to register their first victory of the Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL) season. While bowlers Khaleel Ahmed and Abhishek Sharma, with three and two wickets, respectively, restricted PBKS to 120 all out of 20 overs, the consummate batting exhibition featuring David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson who finished the job.
Warner (37) and Bairstow (63 not out) stitched the opening stand of 73 runs. Williamson, who appeared in IPL 2021 for the first time, scored a 19-ball 16 patient to remain unbeaten and steer SRH over the line once Warner was dismissed. Kiwi captain Williamson missed the first three games due to inadequate game fitness. Speaking to the broadcasters after the game, Williamson gave an update on his injury.
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“[A] slight minor injury to my elbow. It feels pretty good. Nice to be out there and get my first chance, but mostly nice to learn from our previous games as a team. A lot of teams are trying to find their best balance, and I think we will see throughout the tournament that it will vary, ”Williamson said.
When Williamson didn’t come up for SRH’s first game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, head coach Trevor Bayliss noted that Williamson would return as soon as he was fit and replaced Bairstow. However, it was included alongside Bairstow as the Englishman had been in fine form. Ultimately, the two helped their team cut a duck in the season.
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-‘Handy get it in the middle’-
The New Zealand batsman praised the New Zealand batsman, saying that he knew his role and the game plan very well, and that he was a useful batsman.
“The game plan is obviously to get him (Williamson) there to anchor the game and he rotates a strike so well. Against spin, he goes ahead and comes back, he knows his role and his game plan alone. It’s helpful to have him in the middle. I’m really glad we got to the line, “Warner expressed.
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