The imperious form of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in this year’s IPL has sent shivers down the spine of many bowlers. The partnership of 157, 107, 59, 155, 51 in the five matches so far are a true indication of the rich vein of form they are in. As Sunrisers Hyderabad gear up to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday, the 157-run stand for the second wicket between Kohli and Villiers in the first meeting between these two sides this year, will be fresh in their minds.The duo thrashed the hapless SRH bowlers to post a huge target of 222 runs.
On the eve of their second meeting,Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody said he has a few ideas up his sleeve to stop the in-form RCB duo.
“They (Kohli and De Villiers) are world class players. We know that they can be destructive on any given day on any surface. So it is important for us to break that partnership. We got a few ideas,” Moody said on the eve of the match. “But that (Bengaluru) is one venue where it is very hard to stop world class players on such a good batting surface. The surface here is different, the shape of the ground is also different.”
SRH would like to get back to winning ways after losing their last encounter against Pune by 34 runs(D/L method).
“Our last outing was disappointing but as a group we are feeling confident. We are looking forward to the tough challenge against RCB tomorrow,” Moody said.
While SRH’s top order is in brilliant form, the middle-order has struggled to get runs so far. Moody said that he is not too much worried about it and is confident that they will perform.
“David (Warner) batted exceptionally well. When he gets his runs, he gets them quickly. Our middle-order have not had a consistent opportunity, perfect opportunity in the last game. They misfired there. But we have got 100 per cent confidence in our middle-order. We have got quality, we got exciting young players in Deepak Hooda. I am sure they are not far away from contributing,” he said.
Speaking about his team’s bowling line up, the Australian said that they have the required depth in their bowling to compete in the tournament.
“We are confident with our bowling attack. We got a number of options. When Ashish Nehra was injured, Barinder Sran came and did a terrific job. We have got the depth. But names on paper mean nothing when it comes to the contest in the middle. We are glad we have got the experience and a formidable bowling attack,” he said.
He also spoke about Shikhar Dhawan, who has finally started to get runs under his belt.Moody said he was never worried about opener Shikhar Dhawan’s form as there are always phases of up and downs in every cricketer’s career.
“Shikhar is no different than most other players out there. Your game goes through cycles where you have ups and downs. He has put together some good knocks. He is working hard on his game and constantly looking to improve. He is on the way up,” he concluded.