Consuming dot is unacceptable- Warner slams SRH batsmen
SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner has expressed disappointment over the batsman for lack of power hitting innings. He also said that , it’s unacceptable to consume dot balls specially in the shortest format as his team experienced a defeat against Kolkata Knight Rider’s in match no 8 of IPL 20. The Warner-led side has experienced two defeats in succession.
Warner opted to bat first after winning the toss in Abu Dhabi. Although, they had wickets in hand they somehow managed to put 142-4 in their 20 overs. At the end of the tenth over, which also saw the dismissal of Warner on 36, SRH were placed at 61-2, but managed only 38 runs in the next five overs.
“I don’t know where it went wrong. We just can’t be having two batsmen on the bench batting 20 overs. We could have been a little bit harder in the middle period – we played four or five overs in the middle period, when I got out, for 20 runs. We need to apply a bit more pressure to the bowlers and try and hit more boundaries in the middle period.” Warner said in the post-match press conference.
“The thing I am more disappointed about is the dots – I think there was 35-36 dot balls which in T20 cricket is not acceptable.”
Warner defended his decision to bat first, saying that their strength was accurate to put runs on the board.
“Saha ahead of Nabi – You need to put a genuine batsman in. When I got out, you got to try and build a partnership. It’s easier to say ‘Send a pinch-hitter in’ or whatnot, you gotta generate some momentum. With myself getting out, you got to build a partnership. It was unfortunate they bowled well, pulled their lengths back and you couldn’t do anything.
“We were 20-30 runs short. If you don’t put the right total on the board, it’ll be difficult to defend anyway. It’s a learning curve for everyone. You need to try and figure out the bigger boundaries, which area to score and we got a good look at this wicket moving to the next game.”