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Warner takes the blame after another defeat leaves Hyderabad languishing at pit bottom

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain David Warner took the blame for his side’s seven-wicket defeat to Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, saying he took too long over compiling a half-century.

The free-scoring Australian opener was highly critical of his own performance on Wednesday, saying he took responsibility for the loss despite having scored his 57 in 55 balls as the struggling Hyderabad made 171-3 off their 20 overs.

Chennai then breezed past the total for the loss of just three wickets with nine balls remaining as they moved back to the top of the table. “I take full responsibility for the way I batted, I batted slow and hit the fielders,” Warner said.

“Kane (Williamson) and Kedar (Jadhav) got us to a respectable total, but at the end of the day I take full responsibility. I probably hit 15 good shots to fielders and they are the ones that make or break the innings. I took too many balls.”

Chennai opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad (75) and Faf du Plessis (56) featured in an attractive century-stand to ease their team to victory.

Warner decided to bat after winning the toss but Manish Pandey (61) and Warner (57) consumed too many balls for a 106-run second wicket-stand.

Gaikwad’s dominance against the spin saw him smash 10 of his 12 boundaries against Afghanistan’s ace legspinner Rashid Khan (3-36) and left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith, who conceded 45 runs off his three overs.

With their fifth loss in six games, Warner is now overseeing a team that lie firmly at the bottom of the table with only two points.


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