Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner admits his side’s chase never took flight as another team batting second in Dubai lost in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday night.
CSK captain MS Dhoni won the toss and rightfully opt to bat, given the strong record of sides batting first in Dubai, managing 6-167 led by elevated opener Sam Curran’s 31 from 21 balls along with Shane Watson’s steady 42.
Player of the Match Ravindra Jadeja produced a handy late cameo with 25no from 10 balls, while he was economical with the ball as CSK strangled Sunrisers in reply.
Sunrisers lack momentum in their batting innings despite Kane Williamson’s 57 from 39 balls, with others struggling to find the boundary. They needed 27 off the last two overs but eventually fell short at 8-147.
“The chase didn’t take flight,” said Warner, who only scored nine from 13 deliveries at the top of the order.
“The wicket was a tad on the slow side and without the extra batter, you almost err on the side of caution.
“We wanted to take it deep but this is what happens in cricket, you can’t win always. You’ve got one big boundary and you’ve got to rely on power, so obviously there are things we’ve to go back to the drawing board.
“I thought 160 was the right total to go after. Anything above that was going to be difficult after we lost two wickets. If you’ve got teams that swing the ball, it’s difficult to come at them.”
Dhoni praised emerging English talent Curran for his role at the top of the batting order whilst also taking 1-18 from three overs.
“Curran is a complete cricketer for us and you need that seaming all-rounder,” Dhoni said.
“He strikes the ball nicely, he can bat up the order, he plays spinners well. He can give us those 15-45 runs if you need momentum.
“I feel as the tournament progresses, he’ll get even more comfortable with death bowling.”