IPL 2024 – ‘Glad I could target both the off and leg sides…’: Travis Head

Travis Head. Photo: Sportzpics

After his side’s victory over Mumbai Indians (MI) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Australian opener Travis Head said he was happy with the way he played both on the offside and could score well with the ball. leg side of the ground.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered a 31-run win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in the high-scoring match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

After the match, Travis said in the post-match presentation: “I’m feeling good, the batting team has done an exceptional job in the last two games, it feels good to contribute. It was a lot of fun tonight. We were aggressive in the first match like Well, that’s one thing we want to do at the top. I’m happy that I could focus on both the offside and the leg side. Previously I would only focus on the leg side. It’s a great blueprint for us to move forward. I was happy with how things went in the powerplay. They (MI) also got so much strength and experience. With a total of 280, I thought we had enough.”

In the match, Sunrisers Hyderabad were tested first by Mumbai Indians. MI got Mayank Agarwal (11) early. But fiery knocks came from Travis Head (62 in 24 balls, with nine fours and three sixes), Abhishek Sharma (63 in 23 balls with three fours and seven sixes) who took SRH to 148/2 in their 10 overs. Abhishek-Head put on a 68-run partnership for the second wicket.

After a short stand of 48 runs between Abhishek and Aiden Markram (42* in 28 balls, with two fours and a six), Heinrich Klaasen (80* in 34 balls, with four boundaries and seven sixes) formed a stand of 116 runs in 54 balls to take SRH to 277/3 in their 20 overs, the highest ever IPL total.

Gerald Coetzee (1/57), skipper Hardik Pandya (1/46) and Piyush Chawla (1/34) took wickets for MI. South African U19 star Kwena Mahanka was hit for 66 runs in his debut IPL match in four overs.

Chasing 278, openers Rohit Sharma (26 in 12 balls, with a four and three sixes) and Ishan Kishan (34 in 13 balls, with two fours and three sixes) gave MI a fine start, racing to 56 in 3.2 overs .

After both openers were dismissed, Naman Dhir (30 in 14 balls, with two fours and two sixes) and Tilak Varma (64 in 34 balls, with two fours and six sixes) formed an 84-run stand, taking MI to 150 in 10 .4 came. when Dhir was sent off, in an incredible counter-attack.

Tilak continued to fight for MI along with skipper Hardik Pandya (24 in 20 balls, with a four and six), taking MI to 182/4 in 14.1 overs at the time of Tilak’s dismissal.

In the death overs, Tim David (42* in 22 balls, with two fours and three sixes) battled for MI along with Pandya and Romario Shepherd (15* in six balls, with two fours and a six). But MI were well controlled by SRH bowlers and restricted to a commendable 246/5 ​​in 20 overs, losing by 31 runs.

Skipper Pat Cummins (2/35) and Jaydev Unadkat (2/47) were the best bowlers for SRH. Shahbaz Ahmed also got a wicket.

Abhishek took home the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his 50th birthday.

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First print: March 28, 2024 | 10:32 am IST