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Anand Subramaniam in Hyderabad 06 April 2013 - 08:23pm IST

We are playing well as a cohesive unit: Srikkanth

Team gelling well together, hungry for success says mentor

It is amazing how low scoring totals bring about some of the most interesting results in cricket. Such was the case at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Friday as the Sunrisers Hyderabad successfully defended 126 against the Pune Warriors India.

It was a win that sprung up individual performances that would only keep the Sunrisers in good spirits in the fixtures to come. For starters, when most of their batsmen were finding the going tough, their most expensive buy this season; all rounder Thisara Perera made batting look easy scoring at will with a strike rate of 160 plus. 

Not to forget his bowling prowess, with ample support from man of the match Amit Mishra, an efficient Ishant Sharma and needless to say the ever consistent Dale Steyn. Not surprisingly, Kris Srikkanth, mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, wore a smile on his face. “We are all very happy. It was a fantastic win for us. The way the boys came together, took up the challenge and performed, the effort has to be applauded. Yesterday, as Sunrisers Hyderabad we showed what team work can do. It was crucial to start off with a win, and we did exactly that.”

The bowling won them the game on Friday night, but a cause of concern would be their batting that hardly took off. Barring Thisara Perera, none of the Sunrisers’ batsmen looked like getting a move on. Not surprisingly, the batting issues would be in focus agreed Srikkanth. “Our batting would be a big focus for us. It would have been a different issue had we put on another 15-20 runs on that wicket. We would like to target a 150 plus scores and these are early days in the tournament. I am sure the batting will come good against the RCB on Sunday.”

When asked if they have any set plans against their opposition, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who too are upbeat after their last over finish against the Mumbai Indians, Srikkanth said, “Every team has a plan when they go into a game. We like to keep things simple, we are playing a good side tomorrow, but we are willing to take the challenge and we are confident of it. Whatever the opposition, whatever the wicket condition, the energy in the camp is high on confidence which is what is important.”

The team is missing out on key players like Darren Sammy and Shikhar Dhawan; but both are expected to join the squad soon. Most importantly, Dhawan who is away from the side is eager to join the team as soon as possible. “We got a message from Shikhar Dhawan and he said he is raring to get back and play for the Sunrisers. He is excited after our win and has shown a lot of keenness to perform. That is the kind of enthusiasm we want in the side, that eagerness to succeed and perform for your side. The team is gelling well as a unit and I am quite positive that they will do well tomorrow.”

Kris Srikkanth also mentioned that there were no injury concerns whatsoever in the team. They will be fielding a completely fit side against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. 

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