SunRisers Hyderabad rode on the individual brilliance of David Warner and Trent Boult to open their account in the eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) with a convincing eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore here today.
Riding high after beating defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening match, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to exploit the home advantage when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL cricket match here on Monday.
David Warner, the skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad, was a major absentee during the dazzling opening ceremony of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), which took place at Salt Lake stadium (Kolkata) on Tuesday.
Impressed by India's good showing in the cricket World Cup, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad believes the current lot of players should be persisted with and they will deliver in the next 50-over showpiece event in England.
A lacklustre World Cup performance notwithstanding, Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth even as Shikhar Dhawan rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued today.
Australia captain Michael Clarke on Thursday said that even though they have outclassed India in the semi-final, their task isn't over yet as they have to be at their best to beat a spirited New Zealand side in the World Cup final on Sunday.
Attributing India's ouster from the World Cup to crucial missed opportunities, former cricketers on Thursday said the team needed a big knock from a top-order batsman to have a shot at overhauling the mammoth Australian total.
Dejected with Indian batsmen's poor shot selection in their 329-run chase, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the pressure of the cricket World Cup semi-final got to the team as it was outplayed by Australia here on Thursday.
A crestfallen Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said opener Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal was the turning point in the cricket World Cup semi-final against Australia, which his team lost by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no excuses for India's 95-run loss to Australia in the cricket World Cup semi-finals but said the fast bowlers could have done "slightly better" and Shikhar Dhawan should not have attempted a big shot when they were going smoothly.
Australia captain Michael Clarke expects temperamental opener David Warner to be on his best behaviour in Thursday`s World Cup semi-final against India, but Mitchell Johnson is ready to step up the sledging war.
Rival captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Michael Clarke of Australia may have their hands full trying to keep frayed tempers in check during a potentially explosive World Cup semi-final on Thursday.