Challenge is to pick ourselves up and come back: Williamson

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25 Sep 2021 | 06:00 PM
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Challenge is to pick ourselves up and come back: Williamson

Kane Williamson post another loss for Sunrisers admitted that it is a challenge for the team to pick themselves up after such loss

On the back of Jason Holder’s magic in the powerplay, where he dismissed both the in-form Punjab Kings’ openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, the Sunrisers got themselves off to a great start. However, contributions from the middle-order and some lusty blows lower down the order, Punjab got themselves to a total of 125. 

While last year, Punjab defended a similar total against the same opposition, it was always going to be a tough task to do it twice. Mohammed Shami’s opening spell combined with constant pressure in the middle-overs from Ravi Bishnoi closed the game in Punjab’s favour. In the post-match presentation, Kane Williamson insisted that the team was backing themselves to chase the total down. 

"I think the bowling and fielding did a fantastic job. The surface was a tough one. We were certainly backing ourselves to get close. Brilliant individual effort from Jason Holder. It has been a frustrating season,” Williamson admitted.

The Kiwi batsman also added that with games coming thick and fast, it is a big challenge for the franchise to pick themselves up and make a comeback. While mathematically Sunrisers could still get to 12 points, the chance of them qualifying is almost out of the verge, given that 14 points has been the minimum point required for qualification in the past few seasons. 

“We need to learn a few lessons from the first half. For us, it was about building a platform... It was quite a challenge. The games come think and fast... The challenge is to pick ourselves up and come back... Every team is a strong team. We know what it takes..."

Despite being on the losing side, Jason Holder was awarded with the Player of the Match award, for his spell of 3/19 and his batting display of 29-ball 47, where he smashed five sixes, taking the Sunrisers nearly across the line. 

"Tough loss. At the halfway mark, needing 126, you obviously back yourselves to chase it. We probably left a little too much to get at the end although I did back myself to get those. The stage where I came in, I just had to go for it and it worked. Maybe that's why it worked. Batters probably weren't too committal earlier on," Holder said.

"Five more games left, need to build some momentum for next season. Fans have been really passionate, we need to keep going for them."

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