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Anand Subramaniam in Ahmedabad 07 May 2014 - 11:20pm IST

Every match a must-win for us: Srikkanth

SRH mentor says Thursday’s RR game will be crucial

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have not had the best of starts this season. They are reeling in the bottom half of the table, and they now face an uphill task to make it to the business end of the tournament. Kris Srikkanth, mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, knows it is a do-or-die situation for his team as they prepare to face the Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. He feels that SRH now need to get their act together to make it to the final four.
“This is a crucial match against the Rajasthan Royals and I am sure Ahmedabad will prove to be lucky for the Sunrisers Hyderabad,” Srikkanth said.

“The lower half of the points table is pretty cluttered and every match from now on is going to be important for every team. For us, the best way is to keep winning – something that we did the last time around and booked a place in the final four. We will have to go and play our natural game and try and beat everyone. We have to play to the best of our capacity. We have had some close encounters in our previous fixtures and it is time to get into the winning habit.”

While the Rajasthan Royals have been on a roll, winning their last four games, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have not been in the best of forms. They lost their previous match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and would want to get back to winning ways before they play their home games in Hyderabad. “Every win and every loss is going to matter. We still have four more home games left and we take that as an advantage,” Srikkanth said.

The Royals would be aware of the conditions in their new home venue after playing against the Kolkata Knight Riders there. The Sunrisers, as Srikkanth said, did not get an opportunity to have a look at the wicket. “We haven’t had a look at the wicket since it is fully covered, but we have to play and win on whatever conditions are on offer.”

Srikkanth, however, noted that one of the new additions to their bowling attack this year could make a difference in alien conditions. “Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a brilliant bowler and does not rely on wicket conditions. He is someone who can bowl on any surface. He has a good seam position and release that keep the batsmen guessing.”

And despite the losses so far in IPL 2014, Srikkanth said that his team was in high spirits and positive ahead of the clash against RR. “The one good thing is that the team is very buoyant and confident of doing well and qualifying. We at Sunrisers Hyderabad believe in remaining positive.”

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