SRH coach feels, a full 20-over game would have helped them

Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad have seen an end to their IPL campaign this year after losing the rain affected eliminator match to another hot contenders of the tournament, Kolkata Knight Riders. But the Hyderabad coach, Muttiah Muralitharan doesn not seem to be satisfied, losing the match, playing a six-over game.

“I think overall if you see, the Bengaluru wicket this year was very low scoring. I thought 130 is a par score. I think with more runs on board and if you take two or three wickets in a 20-over game, we would have had a better chance than playing a six-over game,” Muralitharan told at the post-match press conference.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad coach claimed that 128 were a good score to defend in 20 overs as the wicket was not that great to play shots.

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“The wicket is not that great to play shots here, because if you had played your shots, you would have been bowled out for 70-80 runs. We have all seen on this wicket this season, even while defending 130, teams have won,” he said.

He further added, “We were thinking about putting 140 runs, and if we had a 20-over game, we had the bowling to defend. Unfortunately, we were 10 runs short. They bowled well as well.”

However, despite of dissatisfaction, the former Sri Lankan has no complain about the result and also he is satisfied with the overall team performance by the Sunrisers players this year,

“Unfortunately, it was the rain, which you cannot complain about, and you need to move on because they played better. We had a very good season and we played well. Our batsmen batted well, the bowlers, who were picked in the auction, did well as well. Therefore, we are satisfied with our players along with our performance as well,” he concluded.