Warner’s pres­ence pushes Dhawan to re­gain lost touch

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD - HT Correspondent

Shikhar Dhawan con­tin­ued his rich form in the IPL this sea­son with a 48-ball 73 as Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad clinched a com­fort­able 26-run vic­tory over Kings XI Pun­jab to pick up 11 points from nine matches and stay third on the ta­ble.

Dhawan, who has al­ready ag­gre­gated 312 runs this sea­son and is the fourth high­est run-get­ter in the tour­na­ment, was sup­ported by his David Warner, who’s sec­ond on the list.

Warner scored 51 be­fore be­ing cleaned up by Kings XI Pun­jab skip­per Glenn Maxwell, but the duo en­sured their side got a good open­ing plat­form, from which they reached 207, bat­ting first.

“If we’re talk­ing about to­day I think we were play­ing more ag­gres­sive cricket and that was our plan,” Dhawan told iplt20.com. “In the last cou­ple of games, we were play­ing well but our run-rate was a bit low. So that’s when we de­cided to go and play our shots and backed our abil­i­ties and it’s been good.”

Dhawan said that he and Warner knows each other’s game re­ally well and that helps in the mid­dle. “I’m used to play­ing (with) David Warner now be­cause I’ve been play­ing with him for two-three sea­sons now,” added Dhawan. “We know each other’s game and our run­ning between the wick­ets is also very good. To­day we both were at­tack ing from both the ends. Usu­ally when David takes on the bowl­ing I sit back and the same goes with him. It was a good wicket and we both wanted to make it big and that’s what hap­pened.”

Dhawan also brushed aside the usual right-lef com­bi­na­tion ad­van­tage, stat ing it de­pended more on the bats­men than their style.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if the bats men are right-han­ders or left han­ders… If they’re play­ing well it gets a bit dif­fi­cult for the bowl ers,” he said.

“They even got on an off-spin ner but we were in such a good touch that we played well. So i de­pends on a par­tic­u­lar day. O course, with a left-right com­bina tion, the bowler has to change his line and length and that cre­ates a prob­lem for him. But if he’s get ting ham­mered from both ends then it is a big­ger prob­lem.”

PTI

Shikhar Dhawan.

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