Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner lamented his slow batting again Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday and took "full responsibility" for the seven-wicket loss that kept his team rooted to the bottom of the Indian Premier League points table. The usually free-scoring Warner struggled with his timing and placement and laboured to 57 off 55 balls as Hyderabad, who now have one win from five matches, posted 171-3.
It was Warner's 50th half-century in the league during which he also became the fourth batsman to score 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket. "The way that I batted was obviously very slow," the Australian said after Chennai triumphed with nine balls to spare to reclaim the top position.
"I was hitting a lot of fielders and (was) very, very frustrated ... I take full responsibility from a batting point of view." The 34-year-old was particularly upset how often he failed to pierce the gaps during his knock.
"I hit probably 15 good shots to fielders, as simple as that," he said. "I can't do much about it. They're the ones that make or break your innings I think. In the first six overs, I hit (to) the fielder four or five times.
"It gets frustrating as a batsman when you're out there. But at the end of the day, I took too many balls." Manish Pandey contributed 61 but it was Kane Williamson's unbeaten 26 off 10 balls which took Hyderabad close to the 175-mark.
Sunrisers coach Trevor Bayliss said Warner's struggles were unusual. "He hit a lot of balls to the field," Bayliss told a virtual news conference.
"Obviously, with David that doesn't happen a lot ... that put us a bit behind the eight ball."