IPL 2024: Aaron Finch lauds SRH for unleashing Heinrich Klaasen at No.3 vs RCB


Aaron Finch said that SRH bore the fruits of making some bold calls in their match against RCB on Monday, April 15 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The Orange Army were on top of their game as they beat Faf du Plessis and Co. by 25 runs after 549 runs were plundered on the day. With the win, SRH moved to fourth in the table with 8 points and a net run rate of +0.502 thanks to wins in 3 out of 6 games.

Finch said that it was a game where the winner was decided by which team hit the most sixes. He said that Travis Head played his shots cleanly and put SRH on the driver’s seat. Head smashed the fastest hundred by an SRH batter and laid the platform for the visitors, who racked up the highest IPL team total of 287 for 3.

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“They had to start at 14. And if you have one bad over it goes to 16. So it was never going to be a game where you talk about batsman ship, it’s a game where you talk about who hit the most sixes and that was the difference. They were getting lucky in the first powerplay, and they needed those to be sixes and Travis Head was the difference there, he started off as well, his intent to get the ball rolling,” Finch told Star Sports.

‘Klaasen has so much power’

SRH also took the call to promote SRH Heinrich Klaasen to No.3, and it paid dividends for them. Klaasen scored 67 runs off 31 balls with 2 fours and 7 sixes before Lockie Ferguson accounted to his wicket. Finch said that SRH took the brilliant decision of not holding back Klaasen for the death overs.

“Then a big courageous move to keep Klaasen at number 3 and say we need to keep going, we have a deep batting line up and we are going to put the bowlers to the sword here. Because a lot of times teams think that Klaasen has so much power to the back end, let’s hold him back.

“Like Glenn Maxwell at times, you don’t want to expose him right now because if he gets out, then we’ve got to rebuild. Teams don’t think like that anymore, Dan Vettori has talked about that, play aggressive, play fearlessly and bear the consequence if it doesn’t go right. If it does go right, you don’t lose,” Finch added.

The Sunrisers will next face KKR on April 20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Published By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Apr 16, 2024

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