Sunrisers Hyderabad had lost to Kings XI Punjab about 10 days ago in a match that many had declared to be the end of their IPL season.
Chasing a meagre 127 runs for victory, SRH were on course at 100/3 in 16 overs. Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar had had a partnership of 33 runs and were looking comfortable at the crease. They needed only 27 in 24 balls.
But then the middle-order collapsed and SRH bundled out for 114 in 19.5 overs and lost by 12 runs.
Skipper David Warner had said that he was extremely disappointed with the result and spoke about changes in the team.
Wriddhiman Saha was brought into the team and was given the opening slot along with Warner. SRH had to win the next three games against the then top 3 sides in IPL Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The task seemed quite impossible.
Saha went ballistic in the first game against Delhi Capitals, and smashed a 45-ball 87 to lift his team to 219. He stitched up a crucial 107-run partnership with Warner. SRH won the game by 88 runs.
On Tuesday, Saha against hit an unbeaten 58 runs and stitched up a partnership with David Warner of 151-runs to win the game and qualify for the IPL 2020 play-offs.
Batting with Warner takes the pressure off me, says Saha
When asked what was it about his batting that he was doing it so comfortably, Saha credited his SRH skipper and the team management and said that he has been given the license to play his shots.
“Warner and the team encourage me to go for my shots and play the way I feel confident playing. So, in that sense I have been given the license to play my own way,” Saha told Sports Today.
Asked about his skipper and the two key partnerships that they have been involved in both the crucial matches, Saha said that Warner’s knowledge of cricket is incredibly vast.
“David Warner has dominated world cricket for several years and he has managed to do the same at the IPL. His knowledge of the game is incredibly vast.
“In our team meetings, he is the one who tells us how a bowler can be tackled, his knowledge and experience is so vast.
When I go to open the batting and if David Warner is at the other end, it obviously takes the pressure off me, as I know that the runs will come,” he said.