David Warner was fuming with himself last night when he let the ball go through him to allow Delhi Daredevils those two runs needed to win them the game on the last ball.
Bhuvneshwar’s fantastic mixture of lengths on the first four deliveries of the 20th over had pushed the equation in Hyderabad’s favour. But, for some reason, he decided to go short on the next two and both turned out to be boundaries.
The last one was of course the fielding mistake of the captain as he dived around, and tried to put his body behind the ball, but, because of a bad bounce, failed to stop it.
There was another instance of Warner’s sloppiness in the field before as he could not grab an easy take at the deep mid-on boundary.
It was probably the heat of Raipur which the Australian opener was finding hard to get on with. He is not used to such temperatures and there was a lot of sweat coming out of his helmet while he was batting, so, it might have taken the energy out of him.
Also, captaining the team and standing at the fence at the same time can shake up one’s focus as you are thinking about whom you have to bowl in the next over and whom you want bowling in the death and all those things.
But, being an Aussie and also, the competitor that Warner is, the agony of losing was clear and he was almost disinterested to be interviewed by the TV presenter post match.
Accepting his errors, however, the busty left hander declared the fielding blemishes as the main cause of defeat rather than the total which he said was par for the course on a huge ground.