Mumbai: Defending the choice to stick with the out-of-form Kane Williamson on the high, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody mentioned “why change one thing that’s working for one thing that’s not working,” adding that the other batters in the side are excelling in their roles. Skipper Williamson is enduring a wretched run in this season of the IPL. The Kiwi has collected just 208 runs from 12 games at an average of 18.92.
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“Rahul Tripathi has batted exceptionally well at No. 3 and (Aiden) Markram has been one of the leading batters in the tournament at No. 4,” Moody defended the transfer to retain Markram and Tripathi at No. 3 and 4 respectively, on the post-match press convention.
“So, we felt why change one thing that’s working for one thing that’s not working.”
Williamson has struggled to get going on this version. In the 54-run loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, the skipper hit 9 off 17 balls.
“We have trusted Kane with his quality, there’s no question of his world-class quality. So, that’s why we haven’t made that move because as we have seen throughout the tournament where the batting has been functioning really well.
“That is Abhishek Sharma at the top of the order, Tripathi at 3, Markram 4 and (Nicholas) Pooran 5.”
The Sunrisers had been heading in the right direction to seal off a playoff berth after they had been on a five-match successful streak, however issues have gone awry for them since then as they’ve now misplaced 5 video games on the trot, severely denting their hopes of qualifying for the subsequent stage.
“We did get on a pleasant successful roll, began to play some good cricket and had everybody out there for choice after which we missed a recreation that we should always’ve received to make it six in a row,” Moody said.
Moody said the team lost “a little bit of confidence” when the 2 of its frontline bowlers — Washington Sundar and T Natarajan — suffered accidents.
“Then we had accidents to Washington and Natarajan. Every staff has their accidents, however they play fairly key roles for us within the aspect and that’s the place I believe we misplaced a bit little bit of confidence and likewise as a bowling unit a little bit of rhythm to our recreation and methodology to our defence of 120 balls.”
Russell can do special things: Southee
Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Tim Southee heaped praise on allrounder Andre Russell, whose all-round brilliance kept the team’s slim hopes of a play-off.
“He has been tremendous throughout the whole tournament, not only with the bat but also with the ball. There are few guys around the world, who can do special things and Russell is one of those guys,” Southee mentioned.
“He thrives on these moments and most occasions than not, he turns in with a efficiency that the staff wants.”
Russell first smashed an unbeaten 49 off 28 balls to take KKR to 177 for six after they were down and out at 94 for 5 and then returned to snap three wickets for 22 runs to limit SRH to 123 for 8.
“The partnership was crucial. We lost a few wickets in the middle and we needed to have two overseas players coming together and grab the game and take us to a competitive total. We played here a couple of days back so we knew it was going to be tougher in the second innings.”
KKR now have 12 factors from 13 video games with a web run-rate of +0.160. With Rajasthan Royals (14 from 12) and RCB (14 from 13 video games) having probability to maneuver up, even a victory of their closing match is unlikely to be sufficient for the franchise to make it to the play-offs.
“Every recreation is a should win recreation for us and with one recreation left, it helps. Last two video games we had convincing wins and it simply confirmed the character of the match. It tends to occur majority of the years the place you get into that stage the place there are variety of groups that also are capable of make the ultimate play off spots. It will not be over until it’s over.”
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