Kane Williamson and Jason Holder were at the top of their game and in rescuing Sunrisers Hyderabad from a pressure situation in the Eliminator clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Warner’s SRH were unfortunate to miss out on the injured Wriddhiman Saha who has been in incredible form.
Kane Williamson won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant half-century, while he praised Holder for those 3 boundaries that accelerated the chase for SRH. Holder, who also bagged 3 wickets in the game, was called ‘cooler than me’ but arguably the coolest man in contemporary cricket.
“A few shots from Jason helped. The guys have been fighting hard. He is cooler than me! He's playing beautifully,” Williamson praised Holder.
Was never going to be easy against RCB: Williamson
Chasing 132, SRH lost Saha’s replacement Shreevats Goswami in the very first over and were unfortunate to lose David Warner’s controversial wicket in the 6th over. Manish Pandey and Priyam Garg were dismissed in the 9th and 12th overs leaving SRH at 67/4. But soon, Kane Williamson (50 not out of 44) took charge and with Jason Holder (24 not out off 20) formed a formidable partnership taking SRH to a 6-wicket win with 2 balls remaining.
“It was a tough game. It was always going to be so against a class side like RCB. With the quality of their batting, restricting them to 131. It was never going to be easy against a class side like RCB. The surface was a little tricky and chasing anything on it wasn't easy. It was a challenge for us to restrict them to that kind of a total. We had time, but with two world class legspinners it was never going to be easy,” Kane Williamson said at the post-match presentation.
“We had to try and get through their spells and they didn't give us much at all. It was just nice that we could get through their overs without losing too many wickets. You try and do your role as well as you can. Batting at 4, it can vary a lot, and surface dependent. It was nice to spend time and make a contribution, put some partnerships together. It's been an interesting last two weeks for us. “