A Super Over loss against the Kolkata Knight Riders left David Warner having to “bite his tongue” to stop himself saying something overtly harsh, but the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain admitted to being disappointed with the result.
“I don’t know what to say, I’ll probably have to bite my tongue a little bit,” Warner told the host broadcaster after the match. “We probably leaked a few too many, towards the middle overs and towards the back end. For us it’s about trying to finish games. We’ve come too close the last three games and we haven’t got across the line, so I’m quite disappointed.”
The Knight Riders made a competitive 163 for 5 after being put in thanks to a strong finish, but Warner felt his decision to bowl first in Abu Dhabi was the right one. “I stick by my decision. Coming from Dubai I felt this wicket looks like a nice batting wicket and wasn’t going to change too much, and to be honest, it didn’t,” he said. “It held up a little in the middle of the wicket, but at the end of that day that is no excuse. I felt 165-170 was probably a par total. We lost wickets at crucial times again.”
Dinesh Karthik, who batted at No. 6 for the Knight Riders and hit 29* off 14 in a frenetic stand with Eoin Morgan that brought 58 runs in the last five overs, felt his team had complicated matters in what should have been an easier win. “It was a game we could have won a bit comfortably,” Karthik said. “We made it tough for ourselves, but we kind of came back at the end and showed character.”
That was thanks in large measure to Lockie Ferguson, as the New Zealand quick, playing his first game of the season, picked up 3 for 15 in regulation time and then bowled the Super Over in which he castled Warner first ball and Abdul Samad third ball. Understandably, Morgan was pleased.
“For Lockie Ferguson to come in for his first game of his tournament so far and perform in both the 20-over game and the Super Over like he did was outstanding,” Morgan said. “The hunger and drive that he’s shown off the field, he’s been waiting for an opportunity.”
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Injury worries for both teams
Both the Knight Riders and the Sunrisers had to deal with injuries to key players during the game. In the first innings, Kane Williamson got an adductor injury when making a diving stop, and in the second, Andre Russell was off the field for a short while clutching his hamstring.
Williamson’s injury meant he was pushed up the order to open with Jonny Bairstow, reducing the running between the wickets that middle-overs batting demands. He fell to the first ball after the powerplay, having hit 29 off 19 in a rapid 58-run opening stand. As a result, Warner had to drop down the order.
“Yeah he obviously had to open the batting there, he’s got a slight niggle towards the top end of his adductor,” Warner said. “He’ll have to get some physio treatment the next couple of days and hopefully comes up.”
Russell had already bowled one over before hobbling off, but came back to bowl the final over. Even though he bowled off a short run-up and ambled rather than ran in, he gave up only 17 runs in the last over to force a tie. This was after he had started with a no-ball and the equation came down to the Sunrisers needing two off the last ball with Warner on strike. However, Russell conceded only a leg-bye.
“Dre went off the field, we thought he was injured. He came back on and said he could bowl,” Morgan said. “Obviously, (you) trust the player, and he came off a short run which he does every so often. Didn’t manage to execute as well as he would have liked. I thought he showed a lot of character to come back and get us to the Super Over after not starting as well as he’d like with a no-ball. He’s a superstar performer for us. He’s been such an integral part of the franchise for such a long time, so we need Andre Russell fit.”
Dawid Malan secures Hobart Hurricanes deal for BBL
England’s Dawid Malan, the No.1-ranked T20I batsman, has signed a BBL deal with the Hobart Hurricanes.
Malan’s interest in the tournament had been confirmed during the series against Australia when his consistent displays propelled him to the top of the rankings.
In 16 T20Is, Malan has scored 682 runs at 48.71 and a strike-rate of 146.66 with a top score of 103 not not out while he has another four centuries across his T20 career.
He will be part of what is shaping as a very strong Hurricanes top order. Matthew Wade’s availability is likely to be impacted by Test duty, but it will also include D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Ben McDermott and Mac Wright – the latter making a strong impression when he came into the side last season.
However, Malan’s own availability could yet be restricted due to England commitments with a limited-overs tour of South Africa from late November awaiting government sign-off and talks ongoing about a short T20I trip to Pakistan in mid-January.
The original BBL schedule has the tournament starting on December 3 but there is likely to be some change to that amid the reworking of the season.
All the overseas signings for the BBL are currently England players: Liam Livingstone has returned to Perth while Tom Banton (Brisbane Heat) and Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers) had existing deals.
New Zealand players provide overseas cover for WBBL
Five New Zealand players will provide overseas back-up for WBBL squads during the tournament that begins in Sydney next weekend
Katie Perkins (Adelaide Strikers), Lauren Down (Melbourne Renegades), Holly Huddleston (Brisbane Heat) and Rosemary Mair (Perth Scorchers) will train alongside their allocated team but will only be available if a marquee player – either a Cricket Australia contracted name or overseas player – becomes injured or unavailable.
It is the same arrangement that saw Hayley Jensen confirmed as part of the Hobart Hurricanes’ set-up.
The Renegades currently have doubt over whether New Zealand fast bowler Lea Tahuhu will be able to take part in the tournament following the injury she picked up during the series against Australia while Suzie Bates, who is with the Adelaide Strikers, damaged her shoulder in the first ODI.
The opportunity for the extra players to remain as reserves was opened up because they had already been in Australia as part of the New Zealand squad earlier this month and did not need to go through further quarantine before heading into the WBBL bubble in Sydney.
“NZC are committed to supporting our centrally contracted players wherever we can,” NZC head of women’s high performance Ant Sharp, said. “By staying on and being exposed to new training environments, alongside other quality players, they will continue to learn more about their game.”
Mair said. “We get into Sydney on Monday and I can’t wait to catch up with the Perth Scorchers. It’s a great opportunity to learn more from the Scorchers set-up and how they go about their cricket. I’ll be looking to glean as much knowledge as I can from the staff and players.
“There’s a couple of English internationals in the squad too, so it will be interesting to compare our cricket experiences from different parts of the world.”
The other New Zealand players involved as main signings for the WBBL are Sophie Devine (Perth Scorchers), Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green (Brisbane Heat) and Amy Satterthwaite (Melbourne Renegades). Former international Rachel Priest is also part of the Hurricanes squad.
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