We had no answer to Watson's onslaught: Sammy
Darren Sammy refused suggestions that Surisers Hyderabad were outplayed by Rajasthan Royals but admitted that they had no answer to the onslaught by Shane Watson, who blasted a 53-ball 98 in his side's win.
"I think we did a good job by reaching 144 and had chances but Shane Watson batted beautifully and his 98 run unbeaten weighed on us.
"He is a class player in any form of cricket. He smashed the ball to all parts of ground. We had no answer to his onslaught," Sammy who hit a fighting 60 off 41 balls to propel his side to 144 for 9 after being reduced to 29 for 6, said.
"But I think that our bowlers could have bowled better to him by not providing him the width and length to hit."
Image: Shane Watson
'It was a 160 wicket'
However, he said his side did well to wriggle out of tough situation and post a fighting total.
"We did a wonderful job by reaching 144 after being reduced to 29 for 6. We were in the match most of the time till Watson took it away from us.
"Sunrisers again showed fighting spirit and courage by reaching that total and began well in the bowling by creating pressure in initial overs but slowly the game slipped away from us," he said.
"We have to give ourselves a chance. Perhaps we should go for our shots after getting our eye in and getting a feel of the wicket.
"It was a 160 wicket and we should have gone for shots after playing for a while. We are among top four and we need to keep our focus and self belief."
Image: James Faulkner celebrates after dismissing a batsman
'T20 suits our style of play'
When asked to compare Watson with Chris Gayle and to rate who was better, the West Indian said, "Do you really want me to answer that? Anybody of you can tell that. But if you ask me I would like to bowl to Watson."
Asked why the West Indians cricketers celebrate their moments of success with gimmicks Sammy said they love fun and entertainment.
"After the triumph in T20 world cup and good performance in champions league there was immense increase in following of the likes of Bravo, Gayle and Pollard. T20 suits our style of play. We have flair for it and that comes natural to us," he said.
Image: Darren Sammy