Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were handed a 35-run defeat by reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at latter’s home venue. Chasing a stipulated target of 168 Sunrisers were restricted to 132 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. SRH’s chase began on a shaky note and lost two wickets in the very first over. Inside nine overs, SRH were then reduced to 55 for four and never looked in contention after that. Watch- KKR vs SRH IPL 2015 Full Video Highlights.
Speaking at the post-match press conference Sunrisers coach Tom Moody felt it was conditions that undone the visitors. “The target in this condition was very challenging. We always knew it’s going to be a tough match here.” He added, “Only two days ago, we beat Chennai Super Kings. I’m not going to read too much into this game. It’s disappointing to lose, but we also recognise it’s a difficult game for us.”
Moody believed in home conditions Knight Riders are tough to beat, and they are well-versed with the slow conditions at Eden Garden. “KKR have firm grip on their home conditions. They’ve got a team that’s well balanced and suited to bowl in these turning and slow conditions. Take them out of this environment and it would be more of an even contest.” Also Read- KKR bowlers stifle Sunrisers Hyderabad into submission; win by 35 runs.
The coach also blasted his bowlers and fielders for the poor show. “It was not our best bowling and fielding performance. Probably KKR ended up with 15-20 runs more than the conditions allowed. It’s the first time our bowling unit has not executed. We bowled inconsistently. Our lines and length were inconsistent, something we had done exceptionally well in the tournament.”
SRH currently are placed at sixth on the points table and have five matches remaining, out of which three are home games.