SRH vs DD: Kane Williamson feels fortunate after dream comeback

first_imgKane Williamson hammered 89 off 51 balls in his first match of this year’s Indian Premier League as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in Hyderabad to move up to the second spot in the table.The New Zealand captain replaced Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi in the Hyderabad playing eleven against Delhi and showed his class right away. (More IPL News)Williamson, who is coming off from a brilliant hundred in the recently concluded Test series versus South Africa, looked in sublime touch right from the word go. He came into the crease early after captain David Warner departed in the second over of the day with Hyderabad’s score on 12/1 after 1.5 overs.Williamson thrashed Delhi bowlers all around the park and hammered 5 sixes and 6 boundaries to put Hyderabad in a comfortable position.He was adjudged the man-of-the-match and said it was nice to get a game.”Nice to get a game. The guys have been doing really well, fortunate to get a game. The conditions were good and important that we got a good score batting first.”Williamson struck a partnership of 136 runs with Shikhar Dhawan for the second wicket to help Hyderabad post 191/4 in their 20 overs. The pair started off slow but the Kiwi accelerated in due course and brought up his fifty off 33 balls.Talking about the partnership with Dhawan, he said that it was important to build a solid stand and accelerate towards the end.”Partnership was the key and guys really carried it well towards the end. I was trying to play the situation as well as I could. I suppose once the platform was built it was to increase the run rate.”advertisementAfter getting to his fifty, the 27-year-old carried on the momentum and raced away to 89 from just 51 balls before falling to Chris Morris.Prior to this, the Kiwi skipper played nine matches in the IPL, scoring 205 runs at an average of 29.28, with two fifties and a highest of 50*.However, he failed to field for the entire duration of the match as he went off towards the beginning of the Delhi innings due to a niggle. But, he later confirmed that there was nothing series and he was okay.”I just had a little niggle, probably not gonna do the team too much with the niggle I had.”The Sunrisers next play the Rising Pune Supergiant on April 22 in Pune.last_img read more

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