‘Sunrisers Hyderabad’s momentum won’t matter in IPL 2018 play-offs’
Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad slumped to their third straight loss on Saturday against Kolkata Knight Riders at home. This was also their last assignment before the play-offs.cricket Updated: May 20, 2018 08:30 IST
Sunrisers Hyderabad became the first team to qualify for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 play-offs when they defeated Delhi Daredevils in an away match on May 10. Since then, they have suffered a hat-trick of losses. (KKR vs SRH REPORT)
The Kane Williamson-led side slumped to their third straight loss on Saturday against Kolkata Knight Riders at home. This was also their last assignment before the play-offs, where SRH will go as one of top two teams. (KKR vs SRH HIGHLIGHTS) (FULL SCORECARD)
Wicket-keeper Shreevats Goswami, who made a 26-ball 35 against KKR at the top, said the losses would not affect their momentum in the play-offs.
“Momentum does not come to play in the qualifier. Every team will come prepared for the play-off stage. Right now, because we have lost three games, we are more aware of our game and the situation. We will come back strong and assess our weakness,” Goswami said after the five wicket loss to KKR.
“In the qualifier, it will be a different ground and a different opposition. Yes, Chennai (the other top-two team) have beaten us twice but the Qualifier is just one game one of them. Momentum is important during league phase, but when it comes to qualifier it’s about how we perform on that particular day.”
Teams better prepared against SRH
In the earlier part of the league phase, SRH built a reputation of defending low totals, sometimes as low as 118. But on Saturday, SRH could not defend 172 at home against KKR.
Goswami feels that teams are now better prepared against them.
“This was the 14th game. Obviously teams are analyzing our videos and are making plans to counter our bowlers. Every day low totals can’t be defended. They are finding ways to be effective against our spinners Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan and the other bowlers. Teams have come better prepared against us,” Goswami said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was involved in a 79 run stand with fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his fourth half-century. Kane Williamson hit a quick-fire 17-ball 36 but rest of the SRH batsmen failed to contribute. Goswami said SRH were 15 to 20 runs short.
“We got a good opening stand and then once Kane Williamson was out, the runs dried. We got only 30 odd runs in the last five overs. We were probably 15 to 20 runs short. The Hyderabad pitch has been tricky this whole season and today was the best we got. But we did not go for big shots in the middle. The spinners also did not get enough turn at the end and it batting became easier,” Goswami said.