VVS Laxman, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor, opines that batting gets much difficult in the second half of the innings in Chennai compared to the first half. VVS Laxman addresses another batting collapse in SRH’s failed run-chase against Mumbai Indians on Saturday.
The David Warner-led side has lost all their three IPL 2021 matches while chasing, the last two of which they were in command at one stage. However, the batting order collapsed in the second half of the innings, and SRH sits at the bottom of the table without a single victory so far.
VVS Laxman reckons since the ball softens, and the pitch offering turn and bounce for the bowlers, it is extremely challenging to score quicker runs in the death overs. Hence, the former India batsman believes, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner provided a template to follow by scoring the maximum runs possible in the powerplay.
“The ball gets old in the second half of the innings, it’s getting tougher to play your natural game, to play the big shots because the ball is just stopping on the wicket; it’s also two-paced and the spinners are extracting turn along with bounce,” VVS Laxman said in the press conference.
“That’s one of the aspect which we definitely discussed, and if you see the way Jonny Bairstow and David Warner capitalized on the powerplay, that will be very important going forward, especially when you are playing on slow tracks like Chennai.
“To use the new ball, to use the powerplay restrictions so that you put the batsman coming in later under less pressure,” he added.
Very important that one set batsman plays through the innings: VVS Laxman
The 46-year-old asserts that it is imperative that at least one of the two set batters should have continued batting, as it is a struggle for a new batsman to come in and slog at the Chepauk pitch.
SRH were 57/0 at the end of the 6th over mark; Bairstow fell at the score of 67 which then slipped to 90/3 with Warner’s run-out. SRH couldn’t recover from their opener’s losses as the Mumbai bowlers applied the squeeze to win the encounter by 13 runs. They square off with Punjab Kings on Wednesday at the same venue.
“Also, it’s very important that one set batsman plays through deep in the innings because it’s difficult for a newcomer to get used to the surface straight away, especially when the asking rate is climbing up.
“So, I think in the first 10 overs the way you show your positive and aggressive intent will definitely help the second half of the innings for the batsmen,” VVS Laxman explained.