Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) despite coming very close to victory. They lost by only 5 runs. But after that match Hyderabad coach Brian Lara said that Kolkata Knight Riders did not win this match. Why did Lara say that?
Hyderabad came very close to winning the match. SRH needed only 9 runs in the last over. But they could not score that. Losing one wicket after another, they are under pressure. At the end of the match, Lara said,
“We lost one wicket after another in the power play. This is very bad. We were very close to winning. Kolkata didn’t win the match, we lost the match.”
Brian Lara believes that Klassen had too much pressure which shouldn’t happen
Brian Lara felt the pressure was too much on South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen. Hyderabad coach said,
“We had to make partnerships. We had to play according to the situation of the match. Klassen had a great responsibility. He is batting very well. But before Klaasen, five more cricketers came out to bat too. It is not right to expect that Klassen will win every match.”
Despite losing the match, Lara refused to accept that Hyderabad’s batsmen failed to play Kolkata’s spin bowlers. Lara said,
“Sunil Narine, Varun Chakraborty are world class bowlers. It’s not that we’re weak against spin. Markram and Klassen were teaming up. At that time we were back in the match. But very quickly we lost both their wickets and we were under pressure.”
Batting first, Kolkata scored 171 runs. Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh’s batting made the team settled with a respectable run. Hyderabad came down to chase that run and stopped at 166 runs. Hyderabad lost by 5 runs.
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