Kane Williamson, skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad, praised his bowlers’ stupendous performances that saw them beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets in Match 36 of IPL 2022 here at the Brabourne Stadium.
Marco Jansen was the first to strike and T Natarajan won the lower-order. T Natarajan displayed a remarkable display of medium pace to limit Royal Challengers Bangalore to just 100.
Jansen was able to take 3/25. He claimed all three of his victims during his first over. Faf Du Plessis (5), Viratkohli (0) and Anuj Rohat (0) were dismissed by Jansen. Royal Challengers fell to 8/3 at end of the second innings. They never recovered.
Natarajan eliminated their lower order with 3/12 and led his team to a memorable win that helped boost their net run rate (NRR). This victory also helped them climb to second place on the table, 10 points behind Gujarat Titans (12). They are tied at 10 points with Rajasthan Royals & Royal Challengers Bangalore, but have a higher NRR of 0.691 than Rajasthan’s 0.432 and RCB 0.472.
“It was one those days. We caught some good runs and there was some air. You need to have a little bit of luck for things to happen like this. We got it. While it was an excellent performance, we were able to achieve a lot. Williamson said that it was about focusing on the next challenge and going back to our plans.
He claimed that the power-play was favoring the bowlers. This led to a lot more wickets being taken.
“There’s a lot to be struck with and the balls are swinging more this season than in previous seasons so we’re trying our best to make the most of that as a side. The New Zealand captain stated that they have seen many wickets in Powerplay and that it was a great start.
Williamson praised Marco Jansen, pacer, for putting the RCB under severe pressure early on.
He is always up for a joke, off the field. He’s very focused and clear on his goals. He had an excellent match today, and he clearly has the skills to make it happen. He can be a serious threat to us if the ball is moving a little and there’s some grass on the surface. He was very happy to receive the rewards today.
The captain, aged 31, said that improving net run rates is important as the tournament gets more difficult.
“Obviously, you want win every game. That’s the first goal. After that you want try to do as much as you can. It was fantastic that we were able today to achieve that.
Williamson said, “There were many contributions today as well as during the first half-season so far, but we know there are many challenges ahead.”