Tom Moody, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) coach, is critical of the way the target for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was revised under the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) Method in their rain-curtailed match at Uppal – which they lost by 6 wickets, and has said that the method needs to looked at as it is not understandable that how it comes up with different numbers.
In an all important rain-curtailed match on May 15, RCB defeated SRH by 6 wickets and it more or less cemented them a place in the play-offs of IPL 8. While batting first (match got reduced to 11 overs), SRH scored 135 thanks to the magnificient half-centuries by skipper David Warner and Moises Henriques. Just before RCB’s innings, rain got heavier and they got a revised target of 81 to chase in 6 overs. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli stole the show with their quick-fire innings and took RCB home with a ball to spare.
At the post-match conference, Moody said:
“We had to play regardless of the weather. Because, one point made no difference to us and still disillusioned how D/L method comes up with the numbers that they come up with. When you score a total in 11 overs, you face three powerplay overs, then you have a rain interruption and you have to defend with six overs with two powerplay overs,” Moody said at the post match press conference last night.
“I am not the anyone, but it has been talked about for a fair period of time. Personally, I feel that it (D/L method) definitely needs to be looked at. Because, there is an imbalance there. You don’t want rain interruption period. You also don’t want skewed games with huge disadvantage like that,” Moody said.
But Moody was satisfied with his team’s performance and said that they are ready to face MI on May 17, which will be a knockout game for both the teams.
“Our focus now is on winning the match against Mumbai on Sunday. This (match against RCB) is a game that was thrown into extraordinary situations. This is a game that we would have liked to take two points. We just take positives from it and make sure that we play our very best in the last,” Moody said.