David Warner's 81 and Rashid Khan's three-for blow Kings XI Punjab away
The Australian opener ended his IPL stint with a ninth fifty-plus score, which set up a 200-plus score and solidified Sunrisers Hyderabad's playoff hopes
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David Warner is Man of the Match. "It's obviously great to get out there and do your job properly. We've got a great deck to bat on. The groundstaff have worked tirelessly to prepare good wickets and then it's about going back to basics and backing your instincts. I think it just goes back to being still as a batsman. I get the tendency to moving around a bit if there have been a few dots. But I have worked hard over the last few months. Just put the bat down and tried to be the best man I can be, the best husband I can be and that's worked for me. Yeah, I try to be the funny man in the team, the prankster. The gameplan is to back yourself, the first six overs is crucial with bat or ball, And it;s all simple. Just back your natural game. This World Cup, you'll see some high scores. Hopefully the ball doesn't swing as much. Obviously England are the home team and they're great. We're world champions. I'm sure it'll be great"
"I guess through the seaon you're looking for points and we're in the crunch time in the tournament. Big game for us and it's been close to a complete performance," Kane Williamson says. "Warner and Bairstow have been world class. Very hard to fill someone's boots. But as a team, we'll have to pick up the slack. You're always looking for more runs. [On his batting]That's what you're trying to do every game whether you come in to bat in the middle or at the top. Really good performance all-round. Obviously we lost to Kings XI the last time, we knew were were in for a tough match. One of the positive was our fielding performance. There's some guys on the sidelines raring to go. No doubt there will be some changes with guys leaving and they'll be excited to get on the park. We take it one game at a time, we've got depth in the squad and we'll be calling on that and there's a lot of hard work to go before we talking about finals"
"It's not right to think about what's happened in the past. It's important to stay in the present. Today is one of those days where we were were just completely outplayed, which hasn't happened this season," says R Ashwin. "I thought we started really poorly in the Powerplay but we pulled it back in the end. If you see through the tournament, we have been struggling to chase anything above 190. That's probably a balance issue. It's straightforward. We have to keep winning at this stage in the IPL. Didn't happen today but we have to keep our chin up. there's a lot of young energy in the team. We got Prabhsimran playing today. They've all got great ability and we're not going quietly"
"Taking three wickets in the game, It was tough. I was thinking to bowl economically at first. Totally a team effort. The way the boys played, the batting was superb. The wicket was 180-175 only," says Rashid Khan. "I just studied where I gave away runs, had a chat with the coaching staff. I think I bowled too full. Now I'm just hitting a good length are and changing it up. The way Warner played through the tournament was amazing. Quite pleased to send him out on a winning note. Wish him the best for the World Cup"
11.45 pmThe scorecard says Rahul made 70-odd in a chase of 213 and no one else offered support. But look a little deeper. He was 39 off 36 after 14 overs, making no effort to accelerate. By that time, the required rate was soaring towards the 20s. This was a poorly paced chase by the opener and perhaps the britlle nature of the Kings XI batting order played a part in his playing that way. After all, he made a 14-ball fifty last season. Is there an explanation to this innings, this chase? It's just totally bizarre.
In the end, I guess, the focus will shift to David Warner. Since being bought by Sunrisers in 2014, he's made 500-plus each and every season and though he will be leaving the IPL tonight, he may well end up as it's top scorer. A fine season for a man who came into the tournament after an elbow injury and having played very little top-class cricket because of his ball-tracking ban.
Vijay: "Warner 81 (56) great innings. Rahul 79(56), cost his team. A little perspective, please. The support that Waner got from Manish Pandey and others (Extras included) was the difference between the two teams. Not Rahul's innings."
Navjot S Bhatia: "Crazy team selections.. ordinary fielding.. poor keeping( ironically there were 3 WKs in the team) extras and expensive Spell from Mujeeb... are only a few reasons I can think of for this KXIP's dismal show. A defeat well deserved..!!"
Mohan Kumar Dal: "I feel really sorry for R Ashwin,he is bringing lots of energy in to the filed and trying his best to get the momentum going. unfortunately nothing is going wrong for him (specially with batting order) not sure what else he can do as a captain .. Any suggestions?"
Vinod Rajpal: "28 changes Kings XI have made it this IPL ? Is it ??"
Kings XI need 56 off 12. Ashwin and Hesson are still in conversation. Earlier in the innings, when Rahul was going slow, they seemed to not know what was happening. Now it almost seems like they know this isn't going to happen