Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) mentor and former India batsman VVS Laxman showed his disappointment in experienced SRH batsman Manish Pandey after his team lost a crucial match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai.
SRH was on top of the match against RCB, after keeping them to 149 runs after putting the Virat Kohli-led into bat after David Warner won the toss. Then the SRH team had a very good batting start with 96/2 in the first 13 overs when David Warner fell to Kyle Jamieson.
SRH then collapsed in a heap as Shahbaz Ahmed picked three wickets in an over and from 96/2, SRH went down to 123/6 in no time. From there the onus was on Manish Pandey, but he never kicked into that fifth gear, falling for 38 off 39 balls, hurting the chances of his team.
I Think Manish Must Be Particularly Unhappy With Himself: VVS Laxman
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) mentor VVS Laxman shed light on where his team fell apart during their chase and mentioned Manish Pandey’s slow knock as well.
“The wheels came off after Davey’s dismissal, and it didn’t help at all that we lost three wickets in one over to Shahbaz Ahmed. I think Manish must be particularly unhappy with himself for the manner in which he was dismissed, immediately after the fall of Jonny Bairstow. The experienced Manish knows the value of a set batsman getting the job done and he can also learn from his previous errors,” Laxman wrote in his column for the Times of India.
He further expressed his disappointment at the way SRH batsmen played and didn’t take a cue from Mumbai Indians, who played the previous night against Kolkata Knight Riders.
“Where Mumbai has encouraged stroke-production, batting in the last few overs has been fraught with peril in Chennai. KKR discovered that against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, and we followed suit the next night when, after being on top for the first 35 overs, we still couldn’t breast the tape ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore,” Laxman opined.
SRH will now take on Mumbai Indians on April 17 in Chennai.
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