Mumbai: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner said that he has asked all the youngsters within his squad to come out in the middle without pressure and play with freedom.
Warner’s statement comes after Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to defeat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by seven runs at the Dubai International Stadium. CSK failed to chase 165 and the team was limited to 157/5, losing the game by seven runs.
David Warner said during the post-match press conference, “I’ve told my young people to go out there and play with freedom, take the scoreboard of the equation and back yourself. You get out, you get out. It’s the game of cricket at the end of the day. The game against CSK saw a fantastic effort by two young guys, they got us to a fantastic total, they held their nerve and they backed their ability. Couldn’t be any more proud of them.”
“If you give the youngsters eleven overs to bat in the middle, then you know they will get some time in the middle. The most difficult thing is if you’re playing a tournament where you’re just getting three or four runs you would struggle to find some momentum. Hopefully, this game shows what your youngsters are capable of,” he added.
Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad upset themselves at 69/4, Warner, Johnny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson were sent back to the pavilion. It was then that the young Abhishek Sharma and Priyam Garg united at the crease to form an 83-run partnership. Priyam remained unbeaten by 51 runs while Abhishek scored 31 runs.
During the 165-run target, CSK found themselves at 42/4 and MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja shared a 72-run partnership. Jadeja scored his first IPL half-century and Dhoni remained unbeaten after scoring 47 runs.
SunRisers Hyderabad will next take on Mumbai Indians on October 4 while CSK will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab on the same day.