According to former India batsman VVS Laxman, they are determined not to repeat the mistakes they committed against Chennai.
“You have to be really positive. Definitely, you get really hurt when you lose in such a manner, which we did. There is no doubt that we were very disappointed about the way we played against CSK in Hyderabad,” Laxman said on the eve of the match. “But you have to move forward, you learn from your mistakes and you don’t want to repeat them in the following match or in the remaining part of the tournament. I think we took out the positives from that match,” the Sunrisers’ mentor said.
Sunrisers have garnered 14 points from 12 outings and have a bright chance of making the top four. A victory here today will push them closer to that.
“I think whichever team we are playing against, they respect the bowling strength the Sunrisers have. We have got good fast bowlers in Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Perera. Darren Sammy is a good all-rounder. “We have got Mishra and Karan Sharma as our spinners. We have done well as a bowling unit especially in some close games,” he said.
Perera sealed it when they last met
Three huge sixes by Thisara Perera in the 19th over sealed a five-wicket victory for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on April 19 this year.
Perera (23 off 11 balls) helped the hosts achieve the 124-run target with seven balls to spare. Hanuma Vihari, who was the top scorer with 46, played a key role in Hyderabad’s win.
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 123-9 in 20 overs (Adam Gilchrist 26; Karan Sharma 2-19) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 127-5 in 18.5 overs (Hanuma Vihari 46; MS Gony 2-24) by 5 wickets
. Dhawan scores big
. Perera plays a cameo
. Dale Steyn bowls tightly
. Early exit of David Miller
. Gilchrist fails to fire
. He provides a flying start
. Mandeep fires at the top
. Miller continues his form
. Dhawan perishes early
. Steyn fails miserably
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