Both Jason Holder and Williamson decided to limit Johnny Bairstow to playing on the bench. Saha, who replaced Bairstow in the final squad, gave the team a good start with Warner. Holder also performed impressively with the bat and the ball.
Not only did the Sunrisers win at a crucial moment and reach the playoffs, it also increased their interest in the IPL. The sequence was won by Team Effort without relying on any single player. Of the 8 matches the Sunrisers have won this season, 8 have been named Player of the Match. Holder, Sandeep Sharma, Saha, Natarajan impressed. Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma have proved that they have a spark.
Sunrisers were badly hit by injuries. Bhuvi was injured in the fourth match and withdrew from the league. Vijay Shankar also missed the crucial stage due to injury. With this, the sixth bowler was left without an option. Saha’s injury was a big minus for the Sunrisers as they reached the playoffs. Srivastava Goswami, who replaced him, was knocked out in both the matches. Another opener, Warner, was unimpressive in these two matches without Saha.
Natarajan has done an impressive job for Sunrisers this season. Natarajan, who has faced 71 yorkers, is the second highest bowler to be bowled by a yorker. In reply to Natarajan’s 71 yorkers, the opposing batsmen were able to score only 57 runs. Natarajan added four other batsmen, including de Villiers, to the Yorkers’ eliminator match.
At the end of the league stage, Sunrisers bowlers Rashid Khan, Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma and Holder took ten or more wickets each. Apart from the Sunrisers, only four bowlers in Mumbai took ten wickets each.
Rashid Khan is once again the Sunrisers’ best bowler. Rashid has taken 20 wickets this season with an economy of 5.37. In addition to taking wickets .. Warner would give the ball to Rashid whenever he wanted to control the opponent.
This season, Warner has 548 runs at an average of 39.14 and a strike rate of 134.64. In the six seasons Warner has played .. he has scored more than 500 runs each year. Warner, who was unimpressive at the start of the season, swung the bat at a crucial stage.
If Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Vijay Shankar had not been injured, the Sunrisers would have had better chances. If Vijay Shankar is fit, Garg will be confined to the bench. If the ground is fit .. there is no place for the holder. Then Shahbaz Nadeem would be replaced by Muhammad Nabi. Sunrisers need experienced Indian midfielder batsmen.