Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner, despite being the losing captain in Sunday’s game, has walked out of the tournament as a proud man. Shreyas Iyer’s Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in the playoff battle to reach the IPL 2020 final, wherein they’ll play Mumbai Indians on November 10, in Dubai.
Wickets tumbled down for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the death, in their chase of 190 against Delhi Capitals, in the 2nd qualifier on Sunday, November 8. The quickfire 57-run partnership between Kane Williamson (67 off 45) and Abdul Samad had built up hopes for SRH. But after Williamson’s dismissal, by Marcus Stoinis (147/5 in 16.5 overs), there wasn’t much left in the chase as Kagiso Rabada tore down the lower order of SRH’s batting leaving them at 172/8 in 20 overs.
Warner, at the post-match presentation, pointed out that T Natarajan was one of the biggest positive of SRH’s IPL 2020 campaign. The left-arm pacer, who became a father recently, bagged 16 wickets in 16 outings in the IPL 2020 and left a major mark in the tournament. The SRH skipper said that he is proud of the way SRH performed till the end despite not being considered in the top 3 ahead of the IPL 2020 season and during the initial stages.
“First and foremost, no one really gave us a chance at the start. Everyone was talking of the big three teams [MI, DC and RCB]. Mumbai’s obviously got a great team they played extremely well to get to the final. Delhi as well and obviously guys like RCB. So I’m really proud to be where we are today. There are a lot of positives that came out,” Warner said at the post-match presentation.
“The findings of the likes of Natarajan has been a find of this IPL, and he’s been outstanding. Rashid has been amazing, and so has Manish Pandey at No. 3. From an all-round perspective, it’s been great. I’d like to thank all our supporters at home. The main thing is attitude in the field. You can’t win if you don’t take catches, so that, we’ll have to do much better next time – that’s what’s let us down in this tournament – the attitude on the field.
SRH were a depleted side without the services of key players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vijay Shankar and Wriddhiman Saha being the latest to be injured. Warner did admit on missing these match-winners in the side.
“Firstly, it’s no excuse that these players were missing, we had a huge roster of players. Key players like Saha and Bhuvi has been difficult, but the rest of them have been excellent in their roles to get us where we have gotten today. The fans are so loyal, I saw that photo of a bridge being lit up today. Hyderabad is our second home, and the franchise owners are like a family. Hopefully, after this we can go and play the IPL in India next year and put up a better show,” he added.