Dropped catches proved costly: Amre

The Delhi Daredevils coach called Prithvi Shaw a rare talent

Delhi Daredevils dropped Sunrisers Hyderabad's Alex Hales when he was on nine and that turned out to be costly. PTI

Two dropped catches cost Delhi Daredevils the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, said assistant coach Pravin Amre.

"On this wicket, we batted well in the Power Play by getting 60 runs. I think that was very crucial. Prithvi’s (Shaw) knock was so critical to give that foundation. But we were 10 runs short in the end," said Amre after the match on Saturday.

“After that also, we came back strongly. In seven overs we did not give a single boundary to them. I think the match was on. The saying is that catches win matches. We dropped two crucial ones,” he said, referring to the dropped catches of SRH opener Alex Hales and key batsman Yusuf Pathan.

Hales (45 off 31 balls) was dropped by Glenn Maxwell at deep mid-wicket boundary off Avesh Khan when he was on nine. Pathan's dropped catch by Vijay Shankar was one of the game changing moments during the chase.

“Really disappointed. Because, we fought very well. We were beating SRH on their home ground. I must give credit to our batting unit. We all know that this year SRH bowing unit is doing great job. I think scoring those runs … I think, because of fielding, we are the losing side,” Amre said.

Amre praised Prithvi Shaw who scored a superb 65 runs off 36 balls.

“Prithvi is a special talent. I personally know him since he was a 14-year-old. From the school days, he was making headlines, scoring 500 runs and scoring that debut 100 for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy semifinal and then four consecutive 100s at the first-class level. That matters to me. It’s not like a T20 game. How you play in a first-class match, that really counts,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad star bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar said the victory against Delhi Daredevils was due to the collective efforts of the team.

“It is important because, if you look at last three or four matches, we were winning due to our bowling. But, this match, the batsman won us the game. It's been a complete team performance this season,” he said.

Bhuvneshwar, who missed recent matches due to fitness issues, said he was feeling fit.

“That’s why I am playing the match. There was a niggle in the last few matches. I did not play. I felt fit before this match, ” he said. 

 

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