Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain Aiden Markram was satisfied with his team’s performance after their convincing eight-wicket win over the Punjab Kings in Hyderabad on Sunday. After a disappointing start to the season, SRH ticked most boxes in this match, and Markram was pleased with the execution of the plans on the field.
Markram particularly praised Rahul Tripathi, who played a key role with the bat, overcoming a slow start to score a match-winning 64 off 31 deliveries. Markram commended Tripathi for his resilience and praised him for taking the pressure off the batting unit.
The pitch was a topic of interest, given the sporting nature of it. After a belter in the opening game against the Rajasthan Royals, this pitch offered a better balance between bat and ball. The new ball swung around while the spinners got purchase as well, and the Dhawan and Tripathi knocks showed that fluent strokeplay was also possible.
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The decision to open with Harry Brook appeared to be out of the blue. The Englishman, who has been in form in T20 cricket in recent times, has usually batted in the middle order. Markram explained that the rationale behind the move was to maximize Brook’s form and hitting ability.
Punjab Kings’ spin bowling coach was disappointed with his team’s batting performance, saying that they were about 30-35 runs short of a defendable total. However, he preferred to view it as a one-off and expressed confidence that the team would bounce back.
Overall, SRH delivered a comprehensive performance, and Markram will be hoping that his team can continue their form in the coming matches.