Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are scheduled to lock horns with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) later in the day at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The visiting Hyderabad team is coming into this game after conceding a heartening loss in the previous game against Mumbai Indians (MI). The Sunrisers batters fell victim to MI’s debutant Alzarri Joseph’s brilliant bowling effort, claiming a fabulous total of six wickets and in turn guided his team towards a spectacular win.
In the previous game against Mumbai, the Sunrisers witnessed the feeling of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow loneliness for the first time this season. The in-form opening duo got dismissed early and the middle-order got exposed quite early in the game. The middle-order batters failed to tackle the pressure inflicted by debutant fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and collapsed miserably while chasing a thin target of 137 runs. The likes of Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan have not received many opportunities to play any big innings this season and this is definitely adding to their miseries.
The middle-order had the chances
Ahead of the game against KXIP, SRH mentor VVS Laxman opened up on the team’s middle-order woes. He revealed that the SRH middle-order batters had the opportunity in both the games against Delhi and Mumbai to prove their credentials, but they failed to do so. However, Laxman noted that the team management still has complete faith and belief in the middle-order’s abilities.
“Both against Delhi Capitals and then against MI, the middle-order had the chance to reiterate its credentials. While it is true that they didn’t deliver the goods on Saturday, we have total faith and belief in their abilities. They have been there and done that, and I don’t think it will be too long before they hit their straps,” said VVS Laxman.
It is important to stay focused
Laxman also talked about his team’s disappointing performance in the low-scoring encounter against Mumbai. The home team struggled to even chase down a pretty modest total of 137 runs, crumbling for a paltry total of 96 runs. “Pitches that don’t facilitate stroke-making often make for low-scoring, and sometimes exciting, contests. If you are bowling first, it is important to stay focused all the way through, and especially at the death because even one or two expensive overs can make a huge difference,” he added.