David Warner lauds bowlers after Sunrisers Hyderbad’s win over KKR

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David Warner lauds bowlers after Sunrisers Hyderbad’s win over KKR

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Arun S Kaimal


Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner showered praise on the bowlers and the fielders after they helped the side register a 22-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator on Wednesday. The southpaw also opened up about the preparation for the next match against Gujarat Lions.

After posting a par score of 162/8 on the board, the bowlers scripted a fantastic win for the Hyderabad-based side on Wednesday night by picking up eight wickets to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 140/8. In the post-match press conference, skipper Warner expressed his happiness in making it to the qualifier against Gujarat Lions and credited the bowlers for the win.

"The bowlers have shown fantastic appetite. The experience of injured (Ashish) Nehra 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 big credit goes to Bhuvneshwar Kumar because he has been helping him (Sran) a lot day in and day out. That's the good thing about this team that everyone is willing to learn," Warner said praising his pacers, reported PTI.

The left-hander also did not forget the performances of the fielders, who helped them snatch the wicket of Colin Munro, and also save a lot of runs.

"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," he said at the post-match press conference.

Although they won by 22 runs, the Australian cricketer felt that his team was short by 10-15 runs after batting first at the Kotla.

"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.

When asked about their next match against Gujarat Lions, the 29-year-old 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."


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