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Anand Subramaniam in Hyderabad 17 May 2014 - 09:28pm IST

Our destiny is in our hands: Moody

SRH coach Tom Moody looks for a better result against KKR

With two back-to-back losses at home, the Sunrisers Hyderabad would be looking to turn the fortunes in their favour when they meet the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Sunrisers coach Tom Moody highlighted the importance of the game as he said, “Both teams know what is at stake. From our point of view, it is exciting to have the opportunity to still be in the contest, even though we feel that we have let two opportunities slip in the last two games. The destiny is in our own hands.”

The Sunrisers are believed to have one of the best bowling attacks in the competition, but it is this very bowling attack that failed to defend a score of 200-plus in their previous game, against the Kings XI Punjab. Their ace bowler, Dale Steyn, has not been as economical as expected. But Moody backed his ace pacer to come good soon. “Dale had a disappointing outing in the last game and so did every other person who grabbed the ball. He cannot carry the attack every single time in the middle. I think if there are a couple of games that go his way, then he will end up being the Man of the Match. I am not concerned about his form. We are aware that he is a world-class fast bowler and he will step up in the crunch games.”

On the batting front, their captain, Shikhar Dhawan, has not had a prolific season thus far. Shikhar has got starts, including a couple of 30s and 40s, but has failed to go on and get a big score. Moody though believes Dhawan has been unlucky. “Shikhar played well in the last game and this is the third time in the tournament that he has got out at short fine-leg, which is probably considered an unlucky dismissal. He was unlucky in the last match as his rhythm was flowing beautifully and his timing was there. He is the one who really set the momentum for us last game.”

There has also been much talk about Parvez Rasool’s inclusion in the playing XI for the Sunrisers. The off-spinner is yet to get a game this IPL, but Moody had his own reasons behind Rasool’s exclusion as he said, “Parvez has been sick for the last four days. He has not been considered for selection because he has been unwell with fever. He had a light session today, but he is probably a day or so away from being considered for selection. If we do consider playing him, it would mean we would be playing with three specialist spinners, and we have to have the right conditions to consider that combination. That may well be the last game in Kolkata. At the moment, we are looking at the right combination against the Knight Riders. Their team is structured in a certain way, but we need to consider all options.”

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