A frustrated Punjab Rulers commander Shikhar Dhawan faulted the batting unit for neglecting to shape their game as per the circumstances as they lost by eight wickets to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL here on Sunday.
Dhawan pummeled a 66-ball 99 not out to convey the Punjab group on his shoulders as different players cut a sorry figure in the wake of being approached to take first strike.
“As a batting unit, we lost such a large number of wickets one after the other and couldn’t set up a major all out on the ground and as a result of that we lost the game. 175-180 would have been a sensible score. The wicket looked very great however it was seaming and swinging,” Dhawan said at the post-match show.
On his shocking innings, Dhawan, who was decreed the player of the match, said: “I didn’t expect I will arrive at there by the day’s end yet I was playing as per the circumstance, actually keeping positive…
“Obviously it was disheartening (seeing wickets continue to fall) however the manner in which we thought the wicket planned to play, it was playing in an unexpected way. It was seaming and at times keeping low. In any case, that is an educational experience for my batting unit and that is fine.
“I’m extremely thankful for 99 on the grounds that I never suspected I’d arrive at there so I’m exceptionally blissful.” Pursuing 144, SRH frolicked home in 17.1 overs, riding on a 48-ball 74 not out by Rahul Tripathi.
Winning skipper Aiden Markram considered it a “extraordinary” win.
“It was a piece harsh for us toward the beginning yet we are glad to win today. I’m really glad for Markande. He bowled all around well this evening. He is several balls from something uniquely amazing and he showed his class this evening.” Markram scored 37 off 21 as he and Tripathi added 100 off 52 balls to bring the group back home.
“It’s simple with Rahul (Tripathi) at the opposite end. Extraordinary establishment to be a piece of and it’s our most memorable success of the time, it implies a great deal.” Spinner Mayank Markande did the star turn for SRH with figures of 4 for 15 to leave Punjab Lords reeling at 88 for nine in the fifteenth over.
“Exceptionally glad to get an open door. My job is to take wickets in the center overs. I bowled gradually and luckily got the wickets. With the effect rule, you ought to constantly be ready,” Markande said.
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“The discussions with Adil Rashid has helped me. During the red-ball season, I buckled down with Aavishkar Salvi. I rate this exhibition extremely high, glad to contribute.”