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Shikhar: Way we bowled & fielded was amazing

Irfan Pathan and Shikhar Dhawan, on Thursday

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan heaped praise on his bowlers as they registered a stunning 32-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals after putting up a modest 134 for 9, in Ahmedabad, on Thursday.

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Shikhar Dhawan: We didn’t have a huge score on the board when we went into the break I told the boys that it is a very important match for us and it is up to us to fight it out like warriors or accept defeat like losers. And the boys responded brilliantly. It was a brilliant team effort. The boys showed amazing character. The way we have bowled and fielded in this match was just amazing.

I think it was like our last year’s campaign when we successfully defended a few low totals. The wicket was a bit slow and Steyn and Bhuvneshwar were bowling well. There was also a fair amount of turn and we all know how much purchase Amit Mishra can get out of turning tracks. It was good to see Karn getting some turn as well.

Shane Watson: I think we bowled extremely well. More than anything else, I think we misread the conditions here. And as a captain it’s my responsibility to go out there, read the conditions as quickly as possible and lead the side accordingly. As our home ground, we should have been aware of the conditions here more, and I take the responsibility of that. But we are learning in due course… you always learn from experiences. Hopefully, we will get know the conditions better after this match.

But I am not taking away any credit from the Sunrisers bowlers. They bowled extremely well in the middle overs. They made run scoring very difficult for us and were picking up wickets as well.

Some of our batsmen got good starts but could not capitalise on that and go on to anchor the innings. I wouldn’t say they played poor shots to get out. I think that’s what happens when you are playing against a high-quality bowling attack. You can get starts but great bowlers will return with quality stuff.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (MoM): What is the most important thing for me is the amount of hard work you put in at practice. Listening to seniors is also important. It really feels great when you are able to play the role you are assigned.

I have learnt a lot from Dale Steyn and I am enjoying bowling with him. It’s not that I am learning only when I am asking him something. I can learn from him even by watching him on the field… the small things he do on the field and the tips he gives. The wicket here was slower in comparison to those at the other venues. So I concentrated more on bowling the slower ones rather than the yorkers at the death.