Sunrisers Hyderabad were accurate with the bat, allowing only 30 runs in the powerplay against Lucknow Super Giants despite having put up a difficult total of 182/6 on the board. LSG increased the stakes by scoring 84 runs in the middle overs (7–15) at an average of more than nine by the time the 15th over was over. The burden was on LSG because they still needed 69 runs from their final five overs to win. However, the chase's 16th over drastically altered the situation.
Abhishek Sharma received the ball from SRH, and in a 31-run over, he was blasted for five sixes, including two by Marcus Stoinis and three by Nicholas Pooran. After that, LSG had an easy time of it as Pooran (44 not out off 13), Prerak Makad (64* off 45), and Stoinis (40 off 25) all made significant contributions to their team's triumph with four deliveries left to spare. Head coach Brian Lara was keen to point out that SRH was in complete control of this game but was unable to win it.
Lara stated the following regarding the decision to hand the ball to Abhishek in the 16th over: In hindsight, I suppose you can say that. We clearly did not benefit from it. We only had one over of spin to bowl at this point. Our fast bowlers are always backed to finish the job. So we realize that one over would have been gone after. Sadly each of the six or seven balls they had a chance to score. One of them provided us with a wicket. But let it be. Once in a while these things occur. We've had our luck, we've seen other teams win amazing tournaments, and we have to give credit to Lucknow Super Giants for how they played all the way to the end."
With only eight points from 11 games, SRH are in a precarious ninth place, but Lara hasn't given up on their chances yet. It's a circumstance where we ought to be plunking down lovely high on this table. We've played games that were close and games in which we led going into the final stages. We also did not seal it off. Most would agree we might have been very much positioned in this competition and it's not the case now. We have three games remaining, and we must motivate the players to win these three games. It's not finished and I would prefer not to see heads drop and perspectives drop. I'd like to maintain a positive outlook and see if we can win the remaining games.
While praising Heinrich Klaasen and Abdul Samad for forming a partnership in the latter half of their innings, which contributed to the team's good total, the SRH head coach also lamented the lack of contributions from the majority of the batters. He also thought it was above average, but the one over was what really mattered.
"It's not reliable. I don't believe the player with the most runs has ever scored more than 300 runs for the tournament. For a batting unit, that is not sufficient. Because this is a short version of the game, you only get two or three partnerships, but you can put together partnerships. As you witnessed with Klaasen and Samad, once you establish some partnerships, you are confident that you can achieve a total. Given our batsmanship, if it were a 50-over match, we would be in serious trouble. But a player like Klaasen and a player like Samad deserve praise for what they've done despite being in dangerous situations and attempting to still score for us.
"I thought we were above average today. I thought, "Well, we've got spinners and we can use the conditions" when I saw a few deliveries from Krunal Pandya. For a larger part of the game...the way our initial bowlers limited LSG in the powerplay, they were only colossal to see and being a difficult task for them after that was continuously going. What's more, simply that one over, on the off chance that we can take that away from us, it very well may be an alternate story," said Lara.
Many teams in this IPL have had poor home records, especially SRH, which has only won once in six games played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. SRH suffered their seventh defeat after dominating LSG for the majority of the game. Lara apologized on behalf of the team for their poor home results and felt sorry for the team's supporters.
"Our exhibitions at home, the outcomes that we got at home - one dominate in six matches - doesn't compare to the help that we've been getting. We have been receiving excellent support at home and in Hyderabad. Even when leaving the hotel, the roads are lined up as they approach the ground. As a result, we are all suffering.
"I can only express my regret for the outcomes. I am aware that the men exerted their best efforts and are suffering as well. I guess it's the time where we kind of reflect. We have three games remaining, so we need to play well. Today it was what was happening where we in a real sense played around 39 overs of good cricket. The 36th over of the game is where things went somewhat awful for us. Clearly extremely, frustrated and I can talk for the benefit of everyone in the crew," Lara said.
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