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SRH have to improve batting, says Brian Lara
By SMCS - Apr 8, 2023 4:20 pm
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SunRisers Hyderabad head coach Brian Lara said his team to improve its batting after facing a second consecutive defeat in the IPL 2023. SRH posted 121/8 despite the inclusion of their captain Aiden Markram for the match against Lucknow Super Giants. Markram, who was with the national team, joined SRH for the match against LSG but failed to contribute too.

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Moreover, Harry Brook, the most expensive buy of SRH, had yet another failure, scoring only three runs. LSG, in reply, chased down the target in 16 overs as well. And, West Indies legend Brian Lara pointed out that SunRisers are losing wickets in clumps and need to come up with a solution as well.

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“I think (against LSG) we didn’t play on a pitch that was conducive to proper stroke play. Not using that as an excuse but I think we definitely have to improve our batting,” Lara said in the post-match press conference. “We are losing a lot of wickets in clumps, in the first game (against RR) lost two wickets in the first over and (in the second match) we lost three wickets in seven balls which changed the complexion of the game so we definitely have to look at our batting and come up with a solution for it. The period of time that we lost Anmolpreet, captain Aiden Markaram and Harry Brook. It sort of killed us at that point.”

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When he was asked about SunRisers’ decision to bat first against Lucknow Super Giants, Lara said that the team wanted to use the better part of the pitch and put a decent total on board. SunRisers Hyderabad will next take on Punjab Kings on April 9.

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“I think the pitch was obviously gonna be a turner, we felt if we got the better part of the pitch it would be rewarding for us. We felt that there wasn’t much dew on the ground so it was nothing to worry about. I think a total of 150-160 would have been a different story. We lost three wickets in seven balls and that sort of stopped our progress,” Brian Lara concluded.