IPL 2020, SRH vs KKR: Here's why David Warner batted down the order against Kolkata Knight Riders
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner demoted himself down the order in a modest chase against Kolkata Knight Riders in game 35 of the Indian Premier League 2020 on Sunday, sparking injury concerns among his fans. The idea behind Warner swapping position with Kane Williamson, however, was to let the latter capitalise on the fielding restrictions inside powerplay.
Williamson had a hamstring pull when he dived to stop the ball from going to the boundary in the 11th over of the first innings. He was then was asked to open the innings so that he could avoid running between the wickets by scoring boundaries inside the powerplay.
The swap worked as Williamson played a fiery knock of 29 off 19 balls despite the injury. Coming down the order, Warner also played a 47-run knock but could not take his team past the total, following which the match moved into a Super Over.
In the Super Over, Lockie Ferguson, who was playing his first game of the IPL 2020, proved a trump card for Kolkata Knight Riders as he dismissed David Warner and Abdul Samad in the Super Over, leaving his side with only a three run-target to chase. The KKR achieved the target, winning the much-needed teo points, taking their tally to 10 on the points table. For his incredible efforts, Ferguson was also given the man of the match award.
Following the match, David Warner expressed disapointment after suffering a third consecutive defeat and noted that his side came 'too close' to the victory in all the last three games but failed to get over the line.
"I don't know where to start. That was too good a game. We probably leaked a few too many towards the back end but for us, it's about trying to finish games. We've come too close in the last three games and we haven't got across the line. I am quite disappointed," Warner said during the post-match presentation.
"I stick by my decision (of bowling first). Obviously coming away from Dubai, this wicket here looked like a nice batting wicket and wasn't gonna change too much. To be honest, it didn't. It held up a little bit in the middle overs but at the end of the day, there's no excuse," he added.
Posted By: Lakshay Raja