Moises Henriques was the player of the eliminator for Hyderabad for his 30 odd runs and the wickets that he got, but, in spite of that knock, the jury is out for him.
Hyderabad might have beaten Kolkata, but, there were a couple of things they did wrong in the game and the first of them was to let Yusuf Pathan bowl his first three overs rather too cheaply.
Pathan was bowling with a new ball which was not turning and while Warner’s cautiousness against him could be justified as he was clearly trying to play through, with his wicket being far more precious than any other in the XI, why Henriques played the off spinner that way was bizarre. He should have hit him out of the bowling right away.
Since, Kolkata had not played Shakib Al Hasan, Gautam Gambhir had to get the quota of the 5th bowler out of his part timers and rather than putting them in with two right handers at the crease in the middle overs, he gambled with Yusuf right away at the start.
When the Baroda bowler got the first over away with only four on the board and then, Morne Morkel cleaned up Dhawan for Henriques to come in, Gambhir was supposed to go to another one of his strike bowlers for one more breakthrough.
But, sensing Henriques’ inefficiency against spin having seen him in previous games, the skipper kept Yusuf on and he chipped in with two more overs with being hit for a boundary only once.
The waste of balls up front did not eventually hurt Hyderabad, but, it could have and Henriques would have been the culprit if it had because he failed to attack Yusuf.
So, it is to be seen if Tom Moody & Warner still sends the Aussie all-rounder one down on Friday or they decide to have have some other in form batsman up there who can be more aggressive against spin.