Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Trevor Bayliss feels his entire batting line-up has failed to turn the team into a horror run in the ongoing IPL season.
Not surprisingly, the South are struggling at the bottom of the eight-team standings with just one win and eight defeats, the latest being a five-run defeat to the Punjab Kings on Saturday night.
Belize has no hesitation in admitting that his team did not play cricket “enough”.
“We fell behind early in the run-rate, lost some early wickets, it’s not always good, chasing a small target on such a wicket.
“We wanted a good, crisp start, a good start with a new ball, but unfortunately, it went the other way.
“I thought we did reasonably well to stay and give us a chance, but in the end, to be honest, we didn’t play enough cricket,” the head coach summed up.
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When asked if the lack of runs from Indian batsmen was a concern, Bayliss said, “Honestly, I put all the batsmen in that category.
“When we played well in the past, we got off to a good start at the top of the innings with the foreign players we got.”
Although SRH was not in the playoffs count, he hoped the experienced batters had made mistakes and would be reversed quickly.
“Young people in the middle-order, some young people are somewhat exposed, but tonight, I think there are a lot of experienced guys in the middle who made mistakes tonight.
“We’re better than that and we had to turn around quickly,” he said.
“Our batsmen are clearly not playing with confidence. We lost five of 10 games and many of those batting second were chasing. Especially tonight, we made a lot of mistakes at bat.”
Punjab Kings batsman Aiden Markram has praised his team’s bowlers, especially young Ravi Bishnoi, as the leg-spinner goes “from strength to strength”.
“Incredible. He (Bishnoi) is (yet) very young and it is amazing that his skill is on another level and I really think he is going from strength to strength,” Markram told Match Post Press at the meeting.
Young leg-spinner Bishnoi took three wickets as Punjab Kings displayed clinical bowling display.
“If you look at the bowling unit as a whole, I think they are awesome tonight. I think (Mohammed) Shami started us with wickets in the power play, which is always crucial when maintaining a low score.
“Then two spinners (Harpreet) Brar and (Ravi) Bish (Bishnoi), the way they bowled was awesome.
“Success is very important for us to move forward and we can take a lot of confidence as a team,” said South Africa, who have played 15 T20s.
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The right-handed batsman, who was born in the 26-year-old Centurion, also said the players were happy to stick to the plans.
“I was far from chatting but the boys (all) seemed to be in control. There was a clear plan on that wicket and until the last ball, we stuck to that plan. Nice to see.
“Stress can make you change plans, and by the end of the game, you should always think back, it should change.
“Tonight those guys were glued to their guns and executed the way they needed to and it felt very good (getting),” he said.