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Sunrisers Hyderbad are paying poor middle overs show

David Warner has been the lone bright sport in the Sunrisers Hyderabad batting © IANS
David Warner has been the lone bright sport in the Sunrisers Hyderabad batting © IANS

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) once again put up a shabby batting effort on a good pitch to bat on. R Vishal looks at the failure to accelerate which has plotted the downfall of SRH this season.

After slipping to their seventh loss of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 against Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad have virtually put themselves out of contention for a spot in the play-offs. Despite having a power-packed batting line-up, Hyderabad never got going with in the middle overs to get them to a big score and ultimately led to their downfall in IPL 7.

Player

Matches

Runs

Balls Faced

Strike Rate

A. Finch

11

291

251

115.93

S.Dhawan

11

234

200

117

K.L.Rahul

11

166

164

101.21

M.Henriques

4

9

14

64.28

D.Sammy

7

69

65

106.15

The two teams that sit pretty at the top of the pile — Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab have been relentless in getting good starts before the middle order flex their muscles. This has been a template that has served teams well since the inception of the competition. Hyderabad on the other hand, have gone about things at a languid pace all the way through.

Shikhar Dhawan has endured a tournament wherein he looked to be searching for answers with the bat and coming to terms in the role of a captain. Compared to the rest of them in the top five, there was a signal of intent from Dhawan but the powerplay accelerations were few and far between. Finch though has to shoulder a major share of the blame. Coming into the side with a reputation which sees him as one of the premier T20 batsman, Finch has stuggled to impress. There was an innings of an unbeaten 88 against Delhi Daredevils but ever since, the Australian has looked rattled by the new ball and has unusually adopted a safety first approach.

K L Rahul might have scored truckload of runs for Karnataka but has looked ill at ease in this format. A strike-rate of hundred doesn’t make for pretty reading and even the lower order batsman have to own up to their run woes. Blessed with a natural ability to clear the boundary, both Darren Sammy and Moises Henriques have failed with the bat and have compounded Hyderabad.

Posting 150+ scores ss what usually sets up victories. Hyderabad now know that despite having the best bowling attack in their ranks, even they need a score to bowl at. With top-order faltering, David Warner has been their pick of their batsmen with his 282 runs coming at a scintillating average of 132.97.

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Player

Matches

Runs

Balls Faced

Strike Rate

A. Finch

11

291

251

115.93

S.Dhawan

11

234

200

117

K.L.Rahul

11

166

164

101.21

M.Henriques

4

9

14

64.28

D.Sammy

7

69

65

106.15

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