IPL 2021 Preview: Balanced RCB seek to complete hattrick of wins vs vulnerable KKR
17 Apr 2021
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have not had a start they would have wanted and opened their campaign in the 14th edition of the IPL with two back to back losses.
But the mood in the camp has not been damning and the leadership group is standing right behind the players and backing them to better any team in the competition on their day.
Speaking from a sideline of a practice session in a video posted by the franchise on its Twitter timeline, head coach Trevor Bayliss has shown confidence in players’ abilities ahead of the clash against the Mumbai Indians in Chennai.
He also reiterated that the last time these sides met each other in the IPL, the men in orange had an upper hand against the men in blue who went on to become the champions of the tournament.
“Last time we played Mumbai, we played well and won that match. Obviously, they can be a very difficult proposition. There are very good players there but on our day when we play well, we can beat anyone,” Bayliss said.
The Sunrisers have been put up in Chennai and have played both their games at the MA Chidambaram Stadium where pitches have been on the slower side. They have batted second in both the game and have struggled to chase down scores on pitches where bowlers relied on cutters and slower balls.
Having earned the experience of two games, both the Sunrisers batsmen and bowlers know what they need to correct going forward in the tournament, SRH assistant coach Brad Haddin said in the same video.
He said that the bowlers have learnt the lengths they need to bowl on slower pitches while batsmen have learnt what they need to work upon to take the game with a foreword-looking approach ahead of the game against the Mumbai Indians.
“Three games in now and I think we are using a similar wicket to what we did in the first game. So there will be no surprise. Guys have batted enough, bowled enough to know the lengths they have to bowl and what they need to work in the nets when it comes to batting on how to move the game. I think it’s an advantage that we have played here a couple of times,” Haddin added.
The Sunrisers have been rated highly by the head coach of the Mumbai Indians Mahela Jayawardene as well who has called the men in orange a group of highly talented players.
The Sunrisers will be desperate to get back to the winning ways after failing to chase down scores in both the two games they have played this season.
Both the Mumbai and the Hyderabad camps don’t expect any changes in the nature of pitches, and conditions and hence, a decision to bat first after winning the toss can’t be ruled out completely.