Kane Williamson (second from left) and co. have now won two matches in a row    AFP
Kane Williamson (second from left) and co. have now won two matches in a row AFP

In ongoing VIVO IPL 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off a heist to prevent another win to Mumbai Indians in their campaign. Chasing 148, SRH prevailed in the last ball of the contest courtesy Deepak Hooda’s calm 32 not out, and Billy Stanlake’s last-ball heroics. The game was nicely set up by Afghanistan spinner, Rashid Khan and Indian young pacers, Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul. Skipper Kane Williamson lauded his team’s efforts, but urged them to adapt well to the surface from next time. In addition, he was quick to point out Hooda as a “great weapon” for SRH, and complimented the local bowlers’ talent.

In the post-match conference, Williamson stated, “One of those games that comes down to the wire (SRH were 62 for no loss, and 133 for 5 after 17 overs). The surface was a bit different than the last one, and we were slow to adapt. (Deepak) Hooda at the end was outstanding. He seems to just turn up and is so world-class in how he operates. He’s a great weapon for us. We have a number of very talented local bowlers. Sandeep bowled very nicely tonight.”

Sandeep, filing in for injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, finished with 2 for 25. He was well complimented by Kaul’s 2 for 29.

Williamson predicted a close finish as the wicket was slowing up. “We fought back well after the Powerplay. At the halfway stage, I thought it was going to be scrappy because the wicket was slowing up.” On the last-ball victory, “The last ball can go either way so it was nice to win. It’s important we adapt well, learn from some things from this game,” concluded the New Zealander.