Sunrisers upbeat ahead of IPL tie against Daredevils

After a close KXIP game, the host will eye a more assertive show against Daredevils.

While Delhi Daredevils chose to skip practice on Tuesday, the Sunrisers Hyderebad worked out, perhaps to get to its prime against the Zaheer Khan-led side on Wednesday.   -  K. Pichumani

Practice makes perfect is a principle Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) seems to pin a lot of faith in. Monday’s five-run win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) should have been draining. But the defending champion chose to not take a day off or get itself a well-earned break.

As early as Monday night, shortly after winning that cliff-hanger, the Hyderabad-based squad was keen to iron out flaws. On Tuesday evening, the Sunrisers had a workout at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium, perhaps to get to their prime against Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday.

The visitors chose to skip practice.

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Looking back on the Kings XI match, Sunrisers head coach Tom Moody said: “The game got closer than we would have liked. That said, close matches early in the tournament put pressure on the team and prepare them better for the competition ahead.”

On Kane Williamson having to sit it out so far this season, Moody said: “Of the nine foreign players in the side, only four can play. Kane has the maturity, and is always a team-first [kind of] person. We are fully aware of his class and stature, but it boils down to combinations.”

Could Monday’s match have been won more easily ? “Yes, we missed a couple of opportunities which would have made a difference in the end,” said Moody.

About the defeats in the away games, he said Mumbai and Kolkata were difficult venues, but that was history. “The group’s confident now,” he said.

Moody said he was careful to not take Wednesday’s opposition lightly. “Delhi can be a dangerous side. They’ve got match-winners, and gaining points against them will be important. We’d like to continue with our home-game form and continue gaining points too,” he said.

The positives from the Kings XI match was two-fold, Moody said. “David Warner, with bat in hand, had become talismanic. That doesn’t mean others needn’t step up. Our batting’s a lot more confident now,” said Moody.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in for praise too. “Bhuvi has bowled superbly well. He’s been outstanding,” Moody said. From a time when he made early inroads, mostly with swing and the new ball, the medium pacer had grown to make vital blows even at the death, the coach pointed out.

A stiff neck had kept Ashish Nehra out of the previous game, Moody said, and Barinder Sran had been enlisted as the left-arm pace option.

“Ultimately it’s about managing players and getting the best out of them,” the towering Aussie added.

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