"We're looking for the right combination. At least in the bowling division, we seem to be getting it. Those individuals have raised their hands during almost every game. With the bat, we simply let them down. This is how Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Brian Lara summarized their IPL 2023 performance thus far. With just six points from nine games, the 2016 champions are second to last in the points standings. Their lack of effectiveness with the bat has been the main factor in their declining value this season—they have only won one game in their past five efforts.
Even in their most recent match, which took place on Thursday (May 4), against Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers came up short with the bat as they managed only 166 in a 172-run chase, with Varun Chakaravarthy defending eight in the last over. Lara argued that match awareness is necessary to go along with all of the purpose that has been shown by the Sunrisers, feeling that early wickets and a lack of partnerships have damaged them.
"We continue to lose several wickets in the powerplay. That generally impairs you a piece. We requested that [Heinrich] Klaasen, who has been batting extremely well for us, carry out all of the labor once more. He starts at No. 6, but before him, we have five good players. It has always been a challenge—not necessarily an uphill one. Naturally, the batters will be aware that it was in their hands to win the game on such a good batting surface, and that we were unable to do so. I simply think that we need to place a little bit more emphasis on partnerships and comprehending match awareness. It's all perfect to be forceful and have all the expectation. However, in order to finish the job, you'll need to use some space upstairs.
The chase for Sunrisers got off to a good start when they scored 53 on the powerplay, but they also lost three wickets. The innings was resurrected by a 47-ball 70-run partnership between Klaasen and captain Aiden Markram. However, SRH fell to their sixth defeat due to the departure of the set batters and a strong finish from Varun CV.
Lara's response when asked if the SRH batters could have performed better against spin was: They are high-quality spinners, and as the tournament progresses, the spinners are coming into play. We try to get the most out of the powerplay and see how much we can get out of it. In fact, we won the powerplay. It's just that we lost a few wickets, and Narine, Chakaravarthy, and other world-class spinners were on the field.
"At that stage perhaps understanding what was essential. Markram and Klaasen did a good job together; we got back in the game with a few big overs and lost a few wickets at a very important point in the game. It is not a weakness against spin or anything like that, in my opinion. I just think that we had a chance to win the game. We need to hold our hands up and say they didn't beat us, we lost the game," he said.
In the meantime, Harry Brook, who was run out for a duck for the second game in a row and hasn't done much since his century against the Knight Riders a few weeks ago, was another failure. Lara said that Brook needs to figure out what's wrong with him and that he and the other coaches are always there to listen to him and help.
In the nets, Harry puts in a lot of effort. He appears to be in good shape in the nets and hits a lot of balls. He appears to be in pretty good shape when batting and preparing for the match. Harry should figure out what's turning out badly. I'm generally here with an ear to pay attention to or offer guidance whenever required. In addition, we have a batting coach in Hemang. Therefore, we have everything necessary to collaborate with any player. Ideally if Harry further develops it will be an extraordinary advantage for the group."
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