Sunrisers skipper shoulders the blame
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner has accepted responsibility for Wednesday's IPL defeat to Chennai Super Kings despite scoring a half-century.
The Australian opener made 57 off 55 balls in Delhi but was frustrated by his slow scoring rate and his inability to pierce the field.
I batted slow and hit the fielders.David Warner
Warner and Manish Pandey (61 from 46 deliveries) occupied the crease for most of the Hyderabad innings but the Sunrisers needed a late flurry of boundaries from Kane Williamson, who scored 27 not out off 10 balls, and Kedar Jadhav (12 not out off four) to set Chennai a target of 172.
Super Kings openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad made light work of the run-chase with a pacy partnership of 129 in 13 overs and Chennai's seven-wicket victory was their fifth win in sixth games this season.
The Sunrisers are at the other end of the table with five defeats in six and skipper Warner knows he must improve his modest strike-rate of 110 runs per 100 balls in this year's IPL, starting in Sunday's clash with Rajasthan Royals.
In his post-match press conference, Warner said: "I take full responsibility for the way I batted. I batted slow and hit the fielders.
"Kane [Williamson] and Kedar [Jadhav] got us to a respectable total but at the end of the day I take full responsibility. I probably hit 15 good shots to fielders and they are the ones that make or break the innings. I took too many balls."
David Warner is 4/1 to be Sunrisers Hyderabad's top tournament batsman with Jonny Bairstow 2/5 and Manish Pandey 5/1.