We weren't as clinical as we'd have liked, says Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson was left to rue lack of exceution on the part of his players as Hyderabad was knocked out of IPL 2019.

Kane Williamson: "The new balls were coming on nicely but after the powerplay, scoring was really difficult with the slow turn."   -  afp

Rishabh Pant's assault on Basil Thampi in the 18th over of Wednesday's IPL Eliminator turned the tide of the contest. Kane Williamson's decision to hand Thampi the ball was curious, especially when Khaleel had two overs in the bank at that stage, but the SRH captain explained his move afterwards.

"Basically, with that [longer] side, we felt that the right arm option the cutters going away from the left-hander was our best bet," he said. "But Rishabh is a fantastic player and we were put under pressure and we didn't quite execute our skills."

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Williamson felt the total of 162 was adequate. "It was the nature of the surface. The new balls were coming on nicely but after the powerplay, scoring was really difficult with the slow turn. In the last four overs, we thought we were in a position of strength. If you hit the wicket hard with slower balls it was very difficult to get away but unfortunately we weren't as clinical as we'd have liked. It's a little bit frustrating when the margin is so small."

'Great finisher'

Delhi's Prithvi Shaw, meanwhile, admitted that there had been tension in the dugout towards the end. "I think we like to make matches interesting. It's always that we're doing well and we suddenly lose two-three wickets. If we don't make the match interesting, there's no fun in it. Pant was upset with himself that he didn't finish the game off. But I haven't seen a finisher like him. He has won us quite a few matches. Even if we need 60 or 50 off 20 balls, he can turn the game around for us," he said.