Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane says it is difficult for the bowlers to defend any total against a team which has an in-form batsman like David Warner in its ranks. Sanju Samson's (102 not out) century was overshadowed by Warner's blistering fifty as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down a mammoth 199-run target to beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in their IPL match here. 'I think first of all, we thought 190 plus was very good score. Initially when Sanju and me were batting the wicket looked slow -- it was stopping and coming -- and we were aiming to get 150 plus. But credit to Sunrisers for the momentum they got in the powerplay. When someone like Warner (69 off 37 balls) bats like that, it's very less margins for the bowler,' Rahane said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
They didn't lose momentum throughout. When he (Warner) got out, Vijay Shankar batted well too, he added. Heaping praise on Samson, Rahane said: "Sanju's been fantastic for us. We all know how talented he is. I'm sure he's also hurt but he'll go miles. Consistency is the key for him." Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson credited Warner and Jonny Bairstow (45 off 28) for setting up the platform for the win. The duo added a century stand for the opening wicket as Sunrisers reached the target in 19 overs.
"It was a tough game. Rajasthan Royals played really well to get to that total after the start we had with the ball. It was a brilliant chase. The openers set it up for us. A good collective effort. It certainly wasn't easy. "There are some areas we want to touch up on. We needed many parts to fire to chase near 200. It was a good experience for us as a batting unit to chase it down," Williamson said.