Speaking at the post-match conference, Williamson said that Brathwaite was brought into the side to bowl at the death.
“We backed Carlos with his death bowling. That’s why he’s in this side, as another death option. Unfortunately, that’s the game we play and when you’re under pressure, sometimes life gets a little bit tough. Credit to Faf for the way he batted.” he said.
The SRH skipper also that despite the loss his bowlers had done an ‘outstanding’ job. “I think the bowlers were outstanding today. It was just a shame. We always backed ourselves to close games out from that point. Death bowling for us is a strength, but today CSK played well and showed their depth with the bat. It’s frustrating, but we’re off to Kolkata and it’s important we show some signs of improvement there,” he said.
Williamson pointed out that SRH needed to improve in the batting department and were 15-20 runs short in the game against CSK. “To be fair, that’s not what I look at in terms of where we wanted to correct ourselves. I think with the bat, we could have taken some better options in order to get maybe another 15/20 on that surface. Probably, things didn’t go our way, but that’s the nature of the sport. We’re moving on from that, but I think we could’ve taken a few smart options to get a bit more on the board,” he said.
In the end he said, “It’s obviously very tough to swallow because we certainly back our death bowling to close games out from that point. We have been on the right side a number of those results throughout this league and today wasn’t to be,” the 28-year old said.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will now face the winner of the Eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in the second qualifier on Friday.
First Published: May 23, 2018, 11:23 AM IST