Warner: ‘We have to keep the momentum going’

David Warner, who led from the front with a brilliant century against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday night, said the team shouldn’t be complacent as the edition neared the business-end.

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner celebrates his century during the IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad on Sunday.   -  PTI

David Warner, who led from the front with a brilliant century against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday night, said the team shouldn’t be complacent as the edition neared the business-end.

“We have to keep the momentum going, keep playing well. We are aware that the other teams would be scheming out how to beat SRH,” Warner said after the thumping win over KKR here.

“Ideally, it would be great if we finish in the top two of the points table. It is going to be hectic. We would be flying to Delhi and then play two more big games here,” he said.

“We know this wicket pretty well. I am glad that the game plan we had tonight came off well. We wanted to minimize the damage in the power-play by not losing wickets. It was good to click as a batting unit,” the Sunrisers captain remarked.

“I have to make a special mention of Shikhar (Dhawan). The role he played tonight. I had to play that role [at the start in the last game when he was going all guns blazing. And, Kane Williamson is unbelievable, he just comes and knocks it and gets a 40. It just sums it up for us,” Warner explained.

“Siraj (the young fast bowler) is the find for us. He lends quality to the attack and is learning. This is what our system ensures everyone keeps listening to the others. And, it is great to have Bhuvneshwar Kumar there always talking to him. This is of great help,” Warner said.

‘Gave away too many runs’

For his part, KKR fast bowler Umesh Yadav felt that his team conceded too many runs and the failure to get the crucial early breakthroughs proved costly.

“We were well-prepared against Sunrisers. We had our chances and even saw Warner dropped early. And, he showed why he is a world-class player with his batting,” Umesh pointed out.

“If only we had restricted SRH to 170-plus, may be it would have been different,” the fast bowler remarked.