Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets.
MI – 149/8(20.0 ov)
SRH – 151/0(17.1 ov)
I’ve been in and out of the side for the last couple of years, so I think I’m at ease with coming in when called upon. It’s important that you give your 100% whenever you get your chance, and that’s what I did.
I’ve been working on a couple of deliveries for the last few years, and today I thought it was the right time to bring them out, especially the round-arm one. It doesn’t bounce that much. It depends on what part of the ball it lands on. When it lands on the seam, it turns a lot. Today I bowled it on the leather, and it skidded a bit.
When you’re contributing to your team, it really gives you a boost. Our bowling order has done so well the last few matches, so I tried to do my best just to slot into it.
Sharjah is a very small ground but the pitches are turning a bit slower now, so as a spinner if you bowl in the right areas, it’s a bit hard to hit.
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, David Warner:
It’s good now, especially considering we had that dreadful loss against KXIP. To restrict them to 150 in this venue is an incredible achievement. Excellent work from Nadeem and Sandeep, and after that we did well with the bat.
We have a lot of resilience in our squad, we always try to put our best foot forward and a lot of that is thanks to the franchise owners, they’re really good guys. We’re a family, we have a never-give-up attitude and that’s how we approach the game.
Tough decisions have been made in terms of team selection, and that all goes back to last year, when Kane missed out through injury and Jonny took his place and played excellently. That’s just what happens in franchise cricket.
I think we looked back to 2016, we needed to win every game we had to win the title. When you’re against the wall, you have nothing to lose. I’m so proud of how everyone played, you saw that dropped catch from Rashid Khan and how much that meant to him.
I pride myself on getting the team off to a great start, that’s my duty at the top of the order. I just know that if I do well, we have a good platform. Fortunately, the last couple of games we’ve had to chase down small totals, so credit to the bowlers really.
RCB are a good team, we know that. Virat’s a good leader and they have a lot of dangerous players in the side. It’s a do-or-die game for both of us, and I’m excited about it.