IPL 2016: David Warner elated as Sunrisers Hyderabad inch closer to playoff spot

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner said his team was focussed and wanted to maintain their winning momentum after virtually sealing the playoff spot in Indian Premier League 9.  SRH thrashed Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Sunday. (Full Coverage |Points Table)”We are very excited and happy to go through, but for us it is about winning. It’s (winning) is the key to have momentum in this format. We need to keep winning, obviously to finish in the top two, that is our goal and that is our focus,” he said at the post-match conference.Warner added that his team would look to win the next two league games and enter the playoffs on a positive note.Warner wary of DelhiWarner also said his team needed to set its sights on the Delhi Daredevils game as he expected the Zaheer Khan-led side to be their potential opponents in the final stages of the league.”We have set our sights on the next game, we go to Raipur and play against Delhi. In last game, they beat us as we did not play particularly well. We have to play at our best to beat Delhi and they could be a potential contender in the finals,” said the Australian.’Stayed hungry’ Asked about the mantra which has made Sunrisers such a solid-looking outfit this season, Warner, who struck a half-century today, said, “We have really worked hard this year, we have stayed hungry and we have belief in ourselves to go out there and play the perfect game.”advertisement”Couple of games didn’t go our way, then we got into the winning streak, had a bad game and then we won again. So, at the moment we have to keep trying playing our best game.”‘Not happy with our bowling’Warner said he was a bit disappointed with the way his side bowled against Vijay-led Punjab.”I thought they got 20 runs too many,” he said.Warner heaps praise on YuvrajHe, however, praised the way Deepak Hooda (34 of 22 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (42 of 24 balls) batted today.”We saw today and that is the quality he brings to his team in the middle period. He played with a clear mind,” Warner said about Yuvraj.He also praised the role played by Deepak Hooda and Ben Cutting (18 of 11 balls) and said with the kind of talent and self-belief his players have, “that’s what we are about”.”It is about not being complacent and about moving forward and keep continuing to play good cricket. We can work on a lot of other things, with our bowling, with our batting.”Sometimes, when we fall behind, we rush things and I felt today that batters assessed the conditions well. I did not feel that any player felt pressure, they just went out there and executed their skill,” he said.Nehra suffers tendon injuryAbout Ashish Nehra’s condition after he walked off the field with some trouble in his right leg, Warner said, “All I know about it is that there was a tendon issue, he is going to be assessed by medical staff and I think there will be a press release about that.”(With PTI inputs)last_img

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