Sunrisers Hyderabad experienced the full-180 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The scene of their crowning glory in 2016 was also the venue for their quiet exit in the eliminator this year. Rain played a big part in the champions’ exit. But so did the pitch, which as it turned out, had turned 180 on its own. Asked to bat first by Gautam Gambhir, SRH managed only 128 – 80 runs short of what they’d managed in last year’s final.
“Overall, Bangalore wicket has been low-scoring. 130, I thought, was par,” he said. “Across 20 overs, we had a chance of defending it. The surface was up and down. But this is part and parcel of the game. They won the toss, so they deserved to win.”
“The wicket is not great to play shots. We would’ve been bowled out for 70-80 if we tried to play shots. We were thinking of 140 and finished 10 short because they bowled well. We had the bowling to defend it across 20 overs. We’ve seen how teams have defended 130-135 here. Unfortunate the rain came, we can’t complain.”