SRH skipper revealed in the post match presentation that it was truly a bizzare game for his side as RCB played really well to seal the deal by 10 runs. With 43 needed off 30 balls and eight wickets in hand, it was a great choke from SRH in the lucrative league in their tournament opener.
RCB opened their tournament with a brilliant win over SRH by 10 runs. With 43 runs needed off last five overs and eight wickets in hand and a set Jonny Bairstow at the crease batting on an unbeaten fifty, SRH followed in the footsteps of the RCB of old times as they choked big time in the tournament opener.
Warner said that Yuzvendra Chahal's 16th over was the turning point in the game, an over in which the leg-spinner struck not once but twice to lay bare SRH's vulnerable middle-order. However, the Australian asserted that his team will regroup and bounce back strongly.
"Yeah look, can't remember I was out like that. It was a bizzare game for us. Obviously RCB played well here to get across the line. A lot of courage for Mitch to walk out. Doesn't look great, he can't put any weight on his leg. We always knew that they had to get some bowlers out at the end. Probably that last over of Chahal was the turning point there. We've obviously go back to the drawing board. We can't fix what happened tonight. Everyone knows that [to play Chahal out at that point], it is a talking point, but the guys don't need reminding," Warner said in the post-match presentation,.
After being sent in, Royal Challengers could only manage 163 runs on the board despite being 86 for 0 after 10 overs. Skipper Virat Kohli, opener Aaron Finch and all-rounder Shivam Dube struggled in the middle with only Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers coming good with their respective fifties.
Padikkal showed no nerves even with his senior partner Finch finding it difficult while for AB de Villiers, it was another routine day in the park as he notched a 30-ball-51 showing that he ain't done yet, if there were any doubts.
AB de Villiers, in the post-match presentation, applauded Padikkal, who impressed one and all with his display.
"As a 36-year-old to come here, having not played a lot of cricket, in the middle of some talented youngsters - was a pleasing start. Very happy with the basics, seems to be in place. [Padikkal] It's a tough thing to arrive at the IPL, they don't come more tough than that. The talent is just incredible," de Villiers said.