On Tuesday, 02 May 2017, Delhi Daredevils skipper Karun Nair praised his team players for playing without fear although their aggressive form as they strike defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in the Indian Premier League match.
Nair, who leads the team in the absence of injured Zaheer Khan, had scored only 39 off 20 balls with a little help from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The 25-year-old Daredevils captain Nair said to iplt20.com, “I think it was a great win. All we talked about is we, being a young team, should play like one. So, we just went out there and played fearlessly.”
Talking about the strategy to put Sunrisers bowlers under pressure, Nair said “It was just the intent and we just wanted to go out there and go after the bowling. With the four of us in the top four being youngsters at the top of the order, [the idea was to] just go out there and smash the ball.”
Nair said about his struggling with his batting and scored 39 off 20 balls with five fours and two sixes. “A bit disappointed to get out after getting a start, but glad to get some runs finally and hoping to kick on from here.”
Chris Morris, who closed out the match with Anderson, said that Anderson’s (unbeaten 24 off 41 balls) innings was a masterclass in chasing the target 186.
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Morris said after the match to iplt20.com, “Having Corey Anderson on the other side smacking the ball off the middle [of the bat] was quite nice. We were confident and were saying that if it’s in your arc if it was in your area, smack it.”
“And that’s the way we like to play cricket confidence and smack a cricket ball. So, yeah, I think Corey Anderson [came up with a] masterclass in how to chase that score.”
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Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner said that Delhi Daredevils team were better. “It’s been a little bogey, playing away. The wicket sort of held up a little bit, early on, and we thought 186 was a tough target. They played really well to win it, unreal.”
Warner added, “The slower balls were holding up a little, and we did not want to be too predictable, but we maybe bowled too many quicker balls today.”