Brathwaite then returned to claim Yuvraj Singh’s off-stump and later sent back the in-form David Warner, who was milking the DD attack, to leave SRH on 117 for five in the last quarter of the game. His efforts then continued with the bat as well; contributing a vital 10 runs towards the winning cause.
Reflecting on his performance in the game, Brathwaite credited the team effort for the win while speaking to iplt20.com.
How much do you think the way you fielded impacted the game?
The first six overs they were batting like slippery eels. So it was nice that the impact that it had to get the run out. (But I) must commend the boys and the overall team effort in the middle overs, not only the bowlers but also the effort in the outfield. Cutting the twos and cutting runs like that, it forced them to hit over the top and it is a very big boundary. So very well done to the fielders, very good effort by the entire team.
Do you think that you had restricted SRH well?
It was a good cricket wicket. As a bowler if you put something in you will get something out. As a batsman if you spend time (in the middle), as Karun (and) showed as David Warner showed as well (you could score runs). It was a matter of getting in. We speak about partnerships; we had a very nice partnership between Karun and (Rishabh) Pant. They set it up so well for Sanju (Samson), myself and JP (Duminy) in the end that we only had to play cameos around Karun. Karun steadied the ship (and) played a top class innings.
What were your plans for David Warner who seemed unstoppable?
My plan was to bowl my best ball. Guys have shots all round these day, bats are massive, boundaries are small, (but) thankfully today we had bigger boundaries (and) so (there was) a lot more margin for error. But my philosophy is to bowl my best ball and if I do that (and) the batsman plays a good shot then kudos to him. Warner played well, (however) thankfully I got that wicket and that kind of put them on the backfoot a bit. Happy that we didn’t allow them to get a lot of partnerships and that I think was the key in the end.
DD seems to have a ‘horses for courses’ policy, can you elaborate on that?
It was just a matter of playing in; no matter what plan the coach has, whether it is ‘horses for courses’ or a settled playing eleven, it doesn’t matter if the team is into it each and everyone plays their best game each and every time you step out on the field. We want to do our best - that’s how it goes. Ups and downs are there, you will win some and you will lose some. Everyone enjoys it on and off the field (and) that is key to success. We are backing our processes and letting the results take care of themselves. (We have) one more result to take care of itself (and) we can make it to the playoffs.
How much pressure did you experience in playing this must-win game? What was going through your mind?
There is always pressure, but I always try to simply it - just put bat on ball (or) if I have the ball in hand, then just bowl my best ball. We play a lot of cricket and we put a lot of emphasis on the game itself but there are a lot more troubling things going on in the world. If you take a step back, will put everything into perspective; then cricket is just a game, to be fair. We always prepare. And once you get a situation like this that’s what you prepare for; (so) back your preparation, keep it simple and let the result take care of itself.
The win has kept DD in the race and also thrown the points table open, what is mood in the dressing room?
For the IPL, it is massive. Any tournament that has six teams fighting for four spots is a champion tournament in my opinion. We can only control what we can control. Our job was to win today’s game. The next part of the job is to win on the 22nd May against RCB. That is again a tough challenge as well and once we control what we can control then everything else can take care of itself.