IPL 2015: Tom Moody blames KKR's home conditions for Sunrisers Hyderabad's loss
Tom Moody was very critical of his team’s bowling and said KKR ended up with 15-20 extra runs © IANS

Kolkata: Unfazed by the loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Sunrisers Hyderbad (SRH) coach Tom Moody blamed the conditions for the 35-run defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 Match 30 at Eden Gardens on Monday night. Read: KKR outclass SRH, reclaim No.3 position in points table

In pursuit of 167, SRH never looked up for the run chase after they lost two wickets including that of David Warner in the opening over. Read: KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir credits Umesh Yadav for win against SRH

With five matches remaining, SRH have slipped to sixth in the table but Moody said this was a one off defeat. Read: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2015 Match 38 Highlights

“The target in this condition was very challenging. We always knew it’s going to be a tough match here,” Moody told the post-match news conference. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

“Only two days ago, we beat Chennai Super Kings. I’m not going to read too much into this game. It’s disappointing to lose but we also recognise it’s a difficult game for us.” IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

SRH won the first leg encounter in Visakhapatnam and the Aussie acknowledged it is tough to beat KKR at the Eden. IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings

“KKR have firm grip on their home conditions. They’ve got a team that’s well balanced and suited to bowl in these turning and slow conditions. Take them out of this environment and it would be more of an even contest.” IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

The coach was, however, critical of his team’s bowling and said KKR ended up with 15-20 extra runs.

“It was not our best bowling and fielding performance. Probably KKR ended up with 15-20 runs more than the conditions allowed. It’s the first time our bowling unit has not executed. We bowled inconsistently. Our lines and length were inconsistent, something we had done exceptionally well in the tournament,” the 49-year-old said.

“We did not hit the yorkers as often we would normally. More importantly we did not make the decision to bowl the yorkers as often as we should have. The best defensive ball in a bowler’s armoury is a yorker and we’ve done that well but up to this game.”

Asked whether their batting was heavily reliant on their David Warner who was bowled by Umesh Yadav for four in the first over of the innings, Moody said: “Every team is dependent on their opening partnership. Gambhir and Uthappa are important of KKR batting unit just like Warner and Dhawan are important to us.”

SRH next face leaders Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their next match in Mumbai on May 7.