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KXIP coach says getting early breakthroughs against RCB vital
By Harsh Kalan
Bengaluru 13 May 2013
With 10 points from 13 games,King XI Punjab have a tough road ahead of them as far as Playoffs qualification is concerned. The Adam Gilchrist-led side has shown flashes of brilliance, but has mostly fallen desperately short of obtaining favourable results in IPL 2013.
With three more games to go in their regular season, KXIP will have to play out of their skins and also hope for results of some other contests to go their way. Coach Darren Lehmann spoke about how his team needs to pull up their socks during the business end of the tournament.
“Every game is a must-win. So we have just got to perform better than we have in the last couple of games,” said Lehmann while talking to the media ahead of their game against theRoyal Challengers Bangalore. “The other night (against Sunrisers Hyderabad) we were 20 percent short of where we wanted to be; we missed some chances in the field. I think Hyderabad probably should have made only 120-130. So we can’t worry about anything else other than getting better each time we play.”
While KXIP overcame RCB last week, on the back of a memorable century by David Miller in Mohali, Lehmann acknowledged the fact that the Virat Kohli-led side is a formidable unit in home conditions.
“Obviously, they have got some dangerous players. We will have to bowl really well and hold our chances in the field,” said Lehmann as he sized up the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli. “This year, if we had caught everything coming our way, we would have won a couple of extra games. If we can do that and get Gayle early, that would be ideal.”
Meanwhile, the KXIP coach is hoping that should his side bat first, his team’s batters ought to exploit the conditions and put up a big total on a wicket that is known for high-scoring matches. However, he stressed on how getting early breakthroughs would stand his side in good stead against a team like RCB.
“It’s a challenge for us to play a side that plays well at home. So, it’s a good contest for us with quality players and a chance for us to get better as a side,” Lehmann said.
The two points available from Match 62 of the Pepsi IPL 2013 are more crucial for visitors Sunrisers Hyderabad than for their hosts Mumbai Indians.
The Mumbai Indians have one foot in the door as far as their progressing to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs is concerned and will look to seal the deal in this match. Undefeated at home this season, MI have won their last three matches – including inflicting a 60-run defeat on two-time champions Chennai Super Kings.
Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile have eight wins from 13 matches and need to win at least two more matches to be sure of a berth in the Play-Offs. In their previous match, SRH recovered brilliantly from a slow start to trounce Kings XI Punjab by 30 runs. The team finds itself, in their current situation, predominantly because their bowlers have won them most of the matches. With the tournament drawing to the business end, the team will be hoping the batsmen pull their weight.
Monday, May 13, 2013, 8 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Every player in the Mumbai Indians top five has got runs for the team at some point of time this season. However, the two men who’ve scored the impact runs for MI are skipper Rohit Sharma and wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik. Not only does Karthik ensure the scoreboard is always on the move, he also has shots in the armory for every part of the cricket ground. Sharma might not be as enterprising as Karthik, but he will do just as much damage playing the eye-candy shots.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad to compete with the Mumbai Indians, they need their bowlers to bring their best game to the park. MI definitely score over SRH when it comes to match-winners in the batting department - given the depth in the line-up. It is therefore important that Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White get runs at the top of the order and set up the platform for Thisara Perera to finish the innings with a flourish.
In the only previous meeting between these two teams, hosts SRH restricted the Mumbai Indians to 129 for four and then got past the target in 18 overs to win by seven wickets.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has the best economy rate of all the nine teams – 7.02. Mumbai Indians have the most 50-plus partnerships this season – 16. Sunrisers Hyderabad on the other hand has the fewest 50-plus partnerships this season – 4.
The Mumbai Indians have swept everything when playing at home this season; they have won the toss in all the six matches, have had victories in all the six matches and MI players have won the Man-of-the-Match in all the six matches too.
Both teams’ next fixtures are against the Rajasthan Royals. While the Mumbai Indians will host RR on May 15, the Sunrisers Hyderabad will head back home and prepare to host RR on May 17.