We were 20-25 runs short, admits Ravindra Jadeja

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09 Apr 2022 | 02:09 PM
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We were 20-25 runs short, admits Ravindra Jadeja

Abhishek Sharma's sublime knock of 75 powered Sunrisers Hyderabad to get their first win of the season

In the southern derby, the Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a comprehensive eight-wicket win against the Chennai Super Kings in the afternoon encounter at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. 

After being asked to bat first, Chennai never really got going with the bat and managed to post 154 runs in the first innings. 

"We did not get the ideal start, and we were 20-25 runs short. We were looking to fight till the end, and our bowlers were looking to take wickets, Ravindra Jadeja said in a post-match interview.  

The defending champions have now lost four matches on the trot and will need a much-improved performance if they aim to get back in the contention of the playoffs. 

"We'll look to improve and talk about where we are lacking. We are professionals and need to work hard, stick together and come back stronger," he added. 

Stephan Fleming, the coach of the CSK side, did not take too many questions but attributed the losses to the unavailability of Deepak Chahar and below-par performances in all three departments. 

"There has been issues of player availability, and we have been pretty much below par in all departments - batting, bowling and fielding.

"We haven't been able to put any pressure on the opposition, and there hasn't been any close games. We have been a distant second in all games and we need to improve in all departments, that's pretty much it," Fleming said.

On the other hand, Kane Williamson calls for an improvement despite getting two crucial points. 

"Every game you play is tough, and we want to keep on improving. Although it was our first win, we had to look at some of the things we'd done right in the previous game. For us it's focusing on our cricket and playing smart," he said. 

The right-handed batter struggled en route to his innings of 32 off 40 deliveries and stated that it was not an ideal wicket to play strokes. 

"The ball was held on the surface but were able to build a partnership, and Abhishek was terrific. We learnt from the first innings and took it into our chase. The game always challenges you, and everybody is trying to make contributions to the team," he signed off. 

(With inputs from PTI)

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Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers HyderabadIndian Premier League, 2022Sunrisers HyderabadChennai Super KingsAbhishek SharmaRavindra JadejaKane Williamson

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