Our bowlers have adapted better than others, says SRH coach Tom Moody
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Our bowlers have adapted better than others, says SRH coach Tom Moody

Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody says his bowlers have adapted and exploited the conditions best in IPL 2018.

cricket Updated: May 16, 2018 23:57 IST
Sandip Sikdar
Sandip Sikdar
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
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Tom Moody’s (centre) Sunrisers Hyderabad are assured of a top two spot in IPL 2018.(AFP)

Sunrisers Hyderabad became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2018 playoffs. A major portion of the credit lies with their bowlers, who have done a stellar job in making their team not just sit atop the points table but also going against the trend and helping them win games while defending totals.

Coach Tom Moody said the difference was that his bowlers adapted better to the conditions than others. “If you look at the comparisons, our bowlers have adapted better than others. They have exploited the conditions, defended low targets of 140-150 runs, even on grounds with small boundaries,” said the Australian.

“Our bowlers have shown consistency. We built a strong bowling line-up which has depth. It is critical when our bowlers are put under pressure. Obviously one or two bowlers will be casualties in this format, we have experienced it. Rashid Khan was under pressure at the start of the tournament but look how he bounced back.”

Though the Sunrisers may possibly have the best bowling line-up, their batsmen have failed to deliver apart from skipper Kane Williamson and opener Shikhar Dhawan. However, Moody defended his batsmen saying they have a “very powerful batting line-up too”.

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“Shikhar has done incredibly well for India in the past 12 months or so and Kane is a world-class player. We also have Deepak Hooda, who is an exciting young player while Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey add depth to batting. We are not only focussed on our bowling but batting too,” said the former Australia player, who played eight Tests and 76 ODIs.

“The middle-order hasn’t got the opportunities. The conditions have been challenging, given that the batsmen coming in at No.4 or 5 have to smash the ball out of the ground immediately. The time they’ve got at the crease has also been less. But we’re winning no?”

Moody added they will unlikely test their bench strength despite making it to Qualifier 1. “We want to be consistent, we want to continue winning.”

On Royal Challengers Bangalore’s famed batting, comprising Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, ahead of their clash at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday, Moody concluded by saying that the home team “have an outstanding batting line-up, especially two players who have the calibre to turn a game on its head. But we are ready for the challenge”.

First Published: May 16, 2018 20:00 IST