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‘Abhi, Rahul two good’

Updated on: 21 May,2024 06:20 AM IST  |  Hyderabad
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SRH head coach Daniel Vettori lauds batters Sharma and Tripathi for laying foundation for their four-wicket victory over Punjab Kings on Sunday

‘Abhi, Rahul two good’

SRH batters Abhishek Sharma (left) and Rahul Tripathi during their 72-run second wicket stand v PBKS in Hyderabad on Sunday. Pic/PTI

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After Sunrisers Hyderabad clinched the second spot in IPL 2024 points table with a successful chase of 215 against Punjab Kings, head coach Daniel 
Vettori lauded batters Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi for laying the foundation of the victory through their attacking batting in the Powerplay. 
After Travis Head fell for a golden duck, Abhishek and Rahul hit 66 off 28 balls and 33 off 18 deliveries respectively, as SRH ended the Powerplay at 84-2. The scoring rate for SRH never slowed down and Heinrich Klaasen, through his 42 off 26 balls, along with Nitish Kumar Reddy making 37 off 25 deliveries later propelled SRH to complete the chase with five balls to spare. 


Dominance in Powerplay


“Special mention for those two around, as no matter what the situation is, we expect that positive play from the batters. Abhishek and Rahul in particular took the game on to basically win the Powerplay and that is how we have won most of our games, and again that was exceptional. 


Daniel Vettori Daniel Vettori 

“Heady and Abhi have done it a lot of times, but for Abhi and Rahul to do it, it was exceptional. Then to hand over to Klassen and Nitish—to put a performance together and chase those big scores—it feels like they happened a lot, but they actually don’t. You have to play exceptionally well to chase those big scores,” said Vettori in a video posted by the franchise on Monday.

For SRH, left-arm pacer T Natarajan was the standout bowler with his figures of 2-33. “Great blowout after sort of 10 days off to come together against a team that was still ready to perform.” 

“We were obviously a little rusty with the ball at the start but to fight back in the last four overs was incredible in this scenario. So I think there was that ability to assess as we went along and get the job done in the last little bit with the ball, and it allowed us to hand over to the batting group, Abhi and Rahul,” added Vettori.

Qualifier 1 v KKR tonight

SRH will now play the Qualifier 1 against table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, with an eye to grab their second IPL title after 2016. 

“Nothing changes when we go into the Playoffs. 

Take the game on, play exactly the same and stay consistent and true to our methods, so, well done boys,” concluded Vettori.

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