KKR didn’t beat us, we lost: SRH head coach Brian Lara | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Disappointed after Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered their sixth loss in the IPL 2023, head coach Brian Lara blamed his hitters for the loss. Lara said Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t beat them but lost the game.
Chasing a target of 172 points set by KKR, SRH lost the game by five points when they were limited to 166 for eight here on Thursday night.
SRH are now ranked ninth in the 10-team standings with six points from nine games, while KKR are a rung above.

“We keep losing a few wickets on the power play and it always sets you back a bit. We again ask (Heinrich) Klassen, who has been great at bat for us, to do all the hard work. He comes in at No. 6, we have five quality players in front of him, it has always been a task for him.


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“The hitters will obviously know the responsibility of winning a game like this on a good batting trail, but we’re unable to do that,” Lara said in the postgame press conference.
“We have to put a little more emphasis on partnerships and understand a little bit of match awareness. It’s good to be aggressive, but you have to use a bit of a floor to get the job done.”
Lara praised the KKR spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy.
“They’re quality spinners. We’ve seen that as the tournament progresses, spinners come in. Narine, Chakravarthy, they’re all world-class spinners.


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“We put together a very good partnership (Aiden Markram and Klassen). We got back into the game with some big overs. Again we lost a few wickets at a very crucial stage in the game.
“I would say we had a game to win and we have to raise our hands and say they didn’t beat us, we lost the game. The game was in our hands and we lost the game,” said the great caribbean. .
The former champions only managed three wins in nine outings, which significantly reduced their chances in the playoffs.
“The situation is that we want to be as positive as possible. We found ourselves a little hesitant to pursue a 140 odds against Delhi and we find ourselves at the bottom of the standings. We will try to inject positivity and intention in our batter,” Lara said.
KKR spinner Chakravarthy, meanwhile, said his game plan to challenge SRH hitters to hit the long side of the boundary was working well.
“Certainly there was a lot of pressure, the only thing Nitish (Rana) was telling me was to challenge the longer end, so that was our basic plan. We wanted to keep it simple and challenge them on the longer side,” he said.
“It’s definitely a very important victory for us because from now on everything is done or die for us and we have to keep winning.”

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