Bowlers have continued to dominate the opening phase of Indian Premier League (IPL). After Sunil Narine guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an amazing win on the opening day of the tournament, Dale Steyn showed his magic with the ball, and played a massive
role in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s comprehensive win over Pune Warriors India on Friday.
No batsman could play a big innings, but the Sunrisers nevertheless managed to get 126 runs in the third encounter at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Thisara Perera played well at the end of the innings, and added crucial 30 runs to the total.
With Robin Uthappa, Marlon Samuels, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Taylor and Angelo Mathews in the batting line-up, it looked an easy task for the Warriors. But Steyn was there to spoil their party. The South African pacer picked up three wickets just for 11 runs in
his 3.5 overs.
No Pune batsman could score runs freely. And despite a decent start provided by Uthappa and Manish Pandey, the side failed awfully, falling 22 runs short of Hyderabad’s score.
Steyn was delighted over his team’s wonderful show, and said that the guys fought well to kick off the campaign on a winning note. He stated after the match:
"It was nice to get off the mark. We fought well tonight, which is a good sign for a new team. New franchise is normally about discovering yourself but we played like a team that had been together for two years with the new coach and everything. It was fantastic."
"But I think we bowled consistently well to get ourselves back into the game. At one stage we were probably looking at 6 or 6.5 runs in an over with, may be, two big overs getting us to 150. Even 140 plus would have been a great score on this particular
wicket. To defend 126 was very impressive."
On Hyderabad wicket, the quick bowler described that it was a bowling friendly track and therefore, it was difficult for the batsmen to play strokes freely. The Sunrisers are now due to meet Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday, April 7th.