SunRisers Hyderabad’s middle-order batsman Manish Pandey on Thursday said that SunRisers Hyderabad gave away too many runs in the death overs after suffering a 14-run defeat by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 51st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
On Thursday, Manish Pandey scored 62 runs off 38 balls and put up a crucial partnership with skipper Kane Williamson. At the post-match conference, Pandey said his side gave away 20 extra runs in the death overs.
“Overall 215-220 was a lot on this wicket. We gave away about 70 runs in the last five overs. Colin de Grandhomme played well, Sarfraz Khan got quick runs… we should have given them only 190-200, that’s what our plan was but such games do happen. It was a nice wicket but we should work as a bowling team together,” Manish Pandey said.
On Thursday, after winning the toss, SunRisers put Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first. Though RCB lost two early wickets in the game, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali brought RCB back into the game by putting up a 105-run partnership.
Both AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali scored the fifties and after their dismissals, Colin de Grandhomme and Sarfraz Khan took RCB’s total to 218 runs in 20 overs.
Talking about SRH’s run chase, Pandey heaped praises on RCB’s bowlers. “Mohammed Siraj bowled really well to get those yorkers right on the spot. Probably if I would have connected a couple, we would have come close but they bowled better in the last five overs than us. That was the difference,” Pandey said.
During his 62-run knock, Pandey struck seven fours and two sixes, speaking about his innings, he said that it was a “special knock” for him. “Yes definitely (it was a good knock). Me and everybody had been waiting for this. The special knock I thought. Bangalore is pretty close to me, this was one of the chances where I thought that if I get to bat with balls in hand… I was preparing myself play accordingly and opened up,” the right-handed batsman added.
“It was quite okay for me till now, not as much as what I expected but it is high time. We have qualified but waiting for the right time and even if I peak now trying to win games for my team, I will be really happy by the end of the season,” Manish said.
Meanwhile, Pandey also praised SunRisers skipper Kane Williamson. “(He has done) very well. He has got about 600 runs this IPL already. He has been batting really well. Captaincy… he has been using the bowlers really well. He is understanding the culture of the team and how to bring in our main spinners like Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan. They have been taking wickets for us and are real assets. To control the game from there and the way the bowlers are responding, he has been fantastic till now and we hope he continues (in the same manner) till the end,” Pandey said.