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It is just poor batting that cost the match.

WARNER SAYS HE IS DISAPPOINT­ED AFTER LOSS TO MUMBAI INDIANS

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After Sunrisers Hyderabad’s four changes in the lineup for the match against Mumbai Indians had left skipper David Warner bemused and surprised at the toss, the left-handed batsman hit out at his side’s poor batting after they lost their third successive match in this year’s IPL.

Warner and Jonny Bairstow had provided their side a platform with a quick 67-run opening-wicket partnershi­p. But the batsmen that followed disappoint­ed. Manish Pandey, newcomers Virat Singh and Abhishek Sharma threw their wickets away.

“I don’t know how to take that. Obviously disappoint­ing. Two of us were set but it proves that if you don’t bat deep, you can’t win. If you get a partnershi­p and if there is one person at the end, you can chase it down,” said a disappoint­ed Warner after the match. “These scores are very chaseable, it’s just poor batting. The guys need to play smart cricket in the middle. The bowlers have been fantastic,” he added.

Warner said that both Bairstow and he will have to take the responsibi­lity of batting deep from next match onwards. “You have to learn from mistakes and right now it is just the batsmen. It’s our responsibi­lity at the top to bat deep.”

Warner had, earlier after the toss, failed to recall the names of the players who were brought in as changes showing that he wasn’t sure of their capabiliti­es.

Crucial knock

“We have made four changes. I cannot remember the names. Have to look at the teamsheet,” he had said

Quinton de Kock hit 40 and Kieron Pollard a crucial unbeaten 35 as Mumbai made 150 for five off their 20 overs.

Australia star Warner and England’s Jonny Bairstow hit early runs but Hyderabad were all out for 137 with spinner Rahul Chahar taking three for 19 and pace bowler Trent Boult three for 28. Hyderabad are now bottom of the eight team league already facing a mountain if they want to qualify for the play-offs.

 ?? ANI ?? Rahul Chahar of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Manish Pandey of Sunrisers Hyderabad during their Indian Premier League match in Chennai yesterday.
ANI Rahul Chahar of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Manish Pandey of Sunrisers Hyderabad during their Indian Premier League match in Chennai yesterday.

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