'We were 50-1 and me and Sanju chose to back our intent, but we lost too many wickets.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, lost a closely fought match against Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener. He was equally brilliant in the field as he ran D'Arcy Short out in the first over to dent RR. After David Warner was banned for his involvement in the ball-tampering case, SRH management handed over the captaincy duty to Kane Williamson. We're just trying to learn as much as possible from him.
He appreciated Sunrisers bowlers Siddharth Kaul and Billy Stanlake for their performance. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan are contenders for the Purple cap, they also have a solid support cast around with the likes of Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul and Basil Thampi. In response SRH could chase down the total in just 15.5 overs with a massive 121 run partnership between Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan. Fortunate to be able to do it. But the boosting part for the team is the presence of Gambhir as captain. However, it seems that his team is on his mind. Both teams would want to quickly erase the opening game from their memory, but they would do well to take learnings of deficiencies in that game and work towards fixing them.Both teams will definitely have a hard look at their combinations and batting order. He is world class player. "Trying to stretch the good form as long as possible and score big runs for as long as I can", Dhawan said after the match on Monday.
"I think Shane Warne is a great bowler and a legend, definitely he'll have some impact (on Rajasthan Royals) but we have Ricky Ponting with us, his captain!". His left-arm pace carries the spark Delhi's bowling needs and he can be expected to lead the bowling attack in some style. They picked up two wickets apiece and conceded very few runs in the process.
Williamson's men made light work of Rajasthan's line up after the Black Caps captain won the toss and elected to bowl, dismissing the Royals, featuring global stars D'Arcy Short and Ben Stokes, for 125. "T20 cricket requires aggressive cricket and Shikhar has been in good space for quite some time and he has been in good form previous year". Shikhar has been in really good space for quite some time. "He burst on the scene past year and he was looking forward for any opportunity". The intent he showed today and he has done for India was superb.