Back in form going into the 10th edition of the cash-rich league, Shikhar Dhawan had once again started well against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. Even though he was a little slow to start with, he soon settled down with David Warner for company. But his untimely dismissal with the score on 114 changed the fortune of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Batting on 48 off 42 balls, Dhawan was the third wicket to fall off the fifth ball of the 15th over. What followed was a complete collapse. The next five wickets fell for just 45 runs in the next 31 balls. From a solid position of 81/0 in the 11th over of the innings, it all started with Warner’s dismissal. But Hyderabad lost the plot completely after Dhawan’s dismissal and finished on 158/8.
None of the middle-order batsmen managed to show application as Deepak Hooda (9), Yuvraj Singh (5), Naman Ojha (9) and Vijay Shankar (1) fell cheaply. Ben Cutting did try to put up a fight (hitting 20 off 10 balls), but there wasn’t anyone there to support him from the other end to help accelerate in the closing stages of the match.
While the middle-order batsmen were obviously at fault, Dhawan also has to take blame for failing to convert after eating up quite a few deliveries at the top. For an opener to get out with a strike-rate of 111.62 after facing 42 balls in a T20 game is a cardinal sin.
Even though David Warner did not want to point anyone out, he did indicate post the match that failure of one of the batsmen to convert cost the team. “We needed a better score. If we sum it up, we were 20-30 short and one of us needed to get a big score,” he summed up.