IPL 2018: Not The Bowlers, Kane Williamson Blames Insufficient Total For Loosing Qualifier 1

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| May 23 , 2018 , 18:20 IST

Led by former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings have reached the finals of Indian Premier League 2018 by beating the table toppers SunRisers Hyderabad in the first Qualifier match by two wickets in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Given their track record so far, SRH supporters weren't expecting them to fall short in the batting department by scoring mere 139 runs in such a crucial match. Instead of blaming the bowlers for being unable to defend a measly target, Kane Williamson seemed disappointed in the batsmen.

Notably, CSK wasn't doing really well chasing the modest target having scored merely 92 for 7 dismissals, the stellar comeback by Du Plessis (67 off 42 balls) changed the direction of match three sixty including his master finish with a straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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"When you’re under pressure life gets a little bit tough. Credit to the way Faf batted, he batted beautifully. To be fair, that’s not what I look at in terms of where we need to correct ourselves. With the bat, we could have taken some better options in order to get 15 or 20 more runs on that surface," opined Williamson.

He further backed the decision to bring in Carlos Brathwaite in the death overs despite him giving away 20 runs in the 18th over followed by Shardul's 17 runs in the next. "We fought back with the ball, the loss is very tough to swallow because we back our death bowling in close games, he noted.

"I think the bowlers were outstanding today. There are a number of other areas we would like to touch before going into the next game but death bowling is our strength. Frustrating, but we’re off to Kolkata next and it’s important we show some signs of improvement there," he affirmed.

Despite the loss, SunRisers Hyderabad has another chance to make a place for themselves in finals. The IPL franchise will next play the winner of the Eliminator – scheduled to be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals on 23 May – in Qualifier 2.