Shane Warne is under serious pressure in IPL 2. Last season, there were exceptional performances, luck, team effort and a lot more things that had kept Team Jaipur in the hunt and made them eventual champions. Unfortunately, this time around it’s not quite the same.
On Monday, Team Hyderabad drubbed Jaipur by a massive 53 runs as Warne’s team put in a lacklustre performance. Despite clinching four Hyderabad wickets for 83 runs with less than nine overs to go, they ended up conceding 164 runs in 20 overs.
Siddarth Trivedi and Abhishek Raut were hammered towards the end. Even Warne failed to find his rhythm in the pressure game, giving away nine runs per over.
Dwayne Smith led the way for Hyderabad, scoring 47 off 32 balls, as Chaminda Vaas (in place of Herschelle Gibbs) and Venugopal Rao held the other end. Jaipur simply lost the plot.
When the chase began, 164 under lights always appeared a formidable target in Kimberley’s cold and windy conditions.
Before Jaipur could even get a feel of things, Vaas playing his first game, got the all-important wicket of Graeme Smith.
Smith’s early dismissal meant Jaipur did not get a grip of the situation at any point of time. Swapnil Asnodkar, Smith’s opening partner and a diminutive hitter, played his part well with a 39-ball 44 but had no support at the other end.
Hyderabad made two changes to their side, bringing back Dwayne Smith in the eleven and including Vaas for the first time in the tournament and both worked exceptionally for the side.
Vaas, in fact, bowled one of the tidiest spells so far. Warne’s team is under pressure now with three more matches to go and Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab also in the fray for that all-important fourth spot in the semifinals.
With Monday’s win, Hyderabad have improved their chances and along with Chennai and Delhi, they appear to be heading ahead smoothly.