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IPL 2020, Match 22: SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – Stats Preview

On Thursday (8th October) evening, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) will play against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai) in the 22nd match of the IPL 2020.

Both teams have already played five matches in the ongoing IPL 2020 where SunRisers Hyderabad won twice and earned four points (lost thrice), and Kings XI Punjab won once and earned two points.

At the end of the match 21 in the ongoing IPL season, SunRisers Hyderabad are standing in the sixth position in the points table and Kings XI Punjab are standing in the last position (eighth position) in the points table.

IPL 2020, Match 22: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab (SRH vs KXIP): Stats Preview

Teams’ forms in IPL 2020

Recent results

SRH (oldest to latest) – Lost, Lost, Won, Won and Lost

KXIP (oldest to latest) – Lost (Super Over), Won, Lost, Lost and Lost

Men-in-form

Stats SRH KXIP
Top run-scorers David Warner (175 runs) KL Rahul (302 runs)
Manish Pandey (147 runs) Mayank Agarwal (272 runs)
Jonny Bairstow (144 runs) Nicholas Pooran (119 runs)
Top wicket-takers Rashid Khan (5 wickets) Mohammed Shami (8 wickets)
Thangarasu Natarajan (5 wickets) Sheldon Cottrell (6 wickets)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3 wickets) Murugan Ashwin (4 wickets)

Also Read: SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – Head To Head Records

Records of KXIP and SRH in UAE

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
SRH 10 4 6 0 (0/0) 0
KXIP 10 6 3 1 (0/1) 0

 

Records of KXIP and SRH in Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai)

Team Matches Won Lost Tied (W/L) No Result
SRH 4 3 1 0 (0/0) 0
KXIP 4 2 1 1 (0/1) 0

 

Crucial personal stats

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)

David Warner

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i) David Warner (3446 runs) is 54 runs away to complete his 3500 runs for SunRisers Hyderabad. He will be the first batsman to score 3500 T20 runs for SRH.

Manish Pandey

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i) By adding 10 more runs, Manish Pandey (2990 runs) will complete his 3000 runs in IPL career.

Sandeep Sharma

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i) Right-arm pacer Sandeep Sharma (97 wickets) needs three more wickets to complete his 100 wickets in IPL career.

Siddarth Kaul

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i) Pacer Siddarth Kaul (45 wickets) is five wickets away to complete his 50 T20 wickets for SunRisers Hyderabad. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar (112 wickets) and Rashid Khan (60 wickets), Kaul will be the third bowler to take 50 T20 wickets for this team.

 

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

Chris Gayle

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i) By adding 16 more runs, Caribbean cricketer Chris Gayle (4484 runs) will complete his 4500 IPL runs. He will be the third overseas cricketer and eighth overall batsman to score 4500 IPL runs.

Mandeep Singh

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i) Mandeep Singh (955 runs) is 45 runs away to complete his 1000 T20 runs for Kings XI Punjab. He will be fourth Indian and eighth overall batsman to score 1000 T20 runs for KXIP.

Glenn Maxwell

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i) By hitting one more six, Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell (78 sixes) will surpass Shaun Marsh (78 sixes) and become the second most six-hitter for Kings XI Punjab in IPL history. Only David Miller is ahead of them in this list with 87 IPL sixes for KXIP.

Mohammed Shami

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i) Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (48 wickets) is two wickets behind to complete 50 wickets in IPL career.

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Sandeep Sharma Feels The Long Break Will Affect The Players’ Games

While the Indian medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma is keen to feature in the IPL 2020, he feels that the long break will affect the players’ games. The 26-year-old pacer also revealed the long term goal in his cricket career.

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League or IPL 2020 was initially scheduled to run between 29th March and 24th May 2020. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed this tournament amid coronavirus outbreak. It is still unsure about the future of IPL 2020 as the situation is still not under control.

The right-arm medium pacer Sandeep Sharma last time played a match in December 2019. Now, he is waiting for the IPL 2020. To remain match fit, he is working out regularly at home.

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Sandeep Sharma (Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI)

In an online interview, Sharma told The Indian Express, “I have been keeping myself busy in bodyweight training like pushups, crunches, squats, and stair climbing. In the absence of proper gym facilities, I am also working on the swish ball for core exercises.”

“I have been trying to keep myself fit by running in my backyard garden and playing tennis cricket with my brothers.”

Sharma feels that the long-break will affect similarly the game of a bowler and batsman.

He added, “The month-long break will not only affect the game of a bowler, but batsmen will also struggle to get back their touch. Now the challenge after the lockdown would be to get into shape and get ample match practice.”

Talking about any further news on the IPL 2020, Sharma claimed that the players didn’t communicate with the BCCI or their respective franchises since the first postponement of this tournament.

Sharma said, “We have received no communication from the BCCI or the franchise about when IPL will take place. The last communication was about the postponement of the IPL till April 14.”

For every professional cricketer, the tournament and the matches are important: Sandeep Sharma

Though Sharma has admitted that the players feel good to play in front of the large spectators, at present, he believes that the matches are more crucial for the players. He is ready to play cricket even at the empty stadiums.

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Sharma claimed, “For every professional cricketer, the tournament and the matches are important. That’s what they want. It does not matter if it’s being played in a stadium full of spectators or at an empty venue. A player’s focus would always be on winning the game even if it’s a club-level match. But at the same time, playing before thousands of cricket fans always makes you feel good.”

In his IPL career, while Sandeep Sharma served for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) from 2013 to 2017, he is now playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) from 2018. He has taken 95 wickets in 79 IPL matches. In this interview, Sharma also revealed his best memories in IPL career.

He said, “Playing IPL final, getting Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers out (IPL 2017) in a single match and my first IPL Man of the Match award (2014, for KXIP) are some of the best memories for me.”

Sharma feels that he is now a mature bowler who can bowl confidently at any stage of the game.

He added, “I have become mentally strong and matured. Playing with the world’s best players and bowling in different situations has helped me evolve as a mature cricketer. In Kings XI Punjab I used to get the new ball to bowl, but with Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the pace spearhead in SRH, I am called to bowl at any over. In the process, I have gained that confidence and experience of bowling any over from 1-20 in T20 cricket.”

My long term goal is to play for India again: Sandeep Sharma

In 2015, during India tour of Zimbabwe, Sharma made his international debut and played two T20Is (took only one wicket). Since then, he hasn’t got another opportunity for India. His long term goal is to play for India once again.

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Sandeep Sharman (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sharma said, “My long term goal is to play for India again. I got that chance in 2015 but owing to the shoulder injury, I could not retain my place. Now with a better show in the IPL and other domestic games, I want to aim for a place in Indian cricket team.”

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IPL 2019: I Enjoy Bowling In The Final Overs – Sandeep Sharma

A young Sandeep Sharma started his Indian Premier League career by donning Kings XI Punjab Jersey. He was the wrecker-in-chief for the team with his brilliant display of swing bowling. He troubled the world-class batsmen with his swing and pace.

But, in a mix of auctions, Kings XI Punjab failed to bag his services while Sunrisers Hyderabad is pretty determined in grabbing him. He paid the faith of SRH with his blistering spells in the last year edition of IPL and also carrying the same form in the ongoing year.

I like to attack with the ball – Sandeep Sharma

This time, he has been assigned to do the job in death overs of the game as well. Speaking of the same, Sandeep Sharma quoted that he is enjoying the new role and got the license from the management to go for the wickets.

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“I like to attack with new ball but this season the team gave me a different role, of bowling not only in the powerplays but also at the death. Bhuvi (Bhuneshwar Kumar) and Sid (Siddharth Kaul) have taught me their knuckle balls. Bowling in the final overs is challenging but I enjoy it, for I have the mandate to go for wickets.”

On middle-order collapse:

Further, he went on to speak on the middle-order batting, which is yet to be tested. Sandeep Sharma backed his middle-order by saying that openers Jonny and David Warner played brilliantly in the tournament so far, which left no chance for the middle-order batsmen to have some game time.

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”Our openers are batting so well that the middle order has not been tested. Even in this game, Warner carried his bat through the innings). Our middle order has collapsed in just one game,” he added.

Well, as Sandeep Sharma said, Sunrisers Hyderabad got the pretty decent squad in their lineup. Currently, they are placed fourth in the points table with three wins in the six games they have played so far.

In the next assignment, they will head back to the home to take on Delhi Capitals on Sunday night. In the previous encounter against Delhi, Hyderabad sealed a comfortable victory.

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IPL 2019: We Are Not Treating David Warner Differently Based on Ball-Tampering Scandal – Sandeep Sharma

The ban on Australian cricketers, David Warner and Steven Smith, for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test last year got over yesterday. Meanwhile, due to their ban, Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council also didn’t allow both cricketers to feature in the IPL last year to send a strong message across the cricketing fraternity. However, both Warner and Smith have returned to action this year and Warner’s teammate at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Sandeep Sharama admitted that they are not treating him differently.

The ongoing league is the only preparation for David Warner and Smith before they return to the Australia squad for the ICC World Cup. While Warner has made a stunning comeback, Steven Smith had a relatively dull outing. SRH might have lost the match, but Warner’s knock garnered praise from experts and fans alike. Warner looked quite comfortable against the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers, and he was unfortunate to miss out on a century as he got out for 85 off 53 balls.

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Great to have Warne back

Sandeep Sharma admitted that having David Warner again is a massive boost for the team. The 25-year-old Sharma who joined Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018, is sharing the dressing room with Warner for the first time. He hailed the swashbuckling batsman and noted that Warner once proved why he is one of the best in the game.

Sandeep also added that they are treating differently with Warner because of what has happened in the last year.

“It is great to have David Warner back in the team. Everyone knows how good he is and it is brilliant to have him in the dressing room. He has been a great performer for Sunrisers in the past seasons and in the last match, he showed once again why he is regarded so highly in white ball cricket,” Sharma told the Hindustan Times.

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“We are not thinking about what happened last year and we are not treating him any differently. Nothing has changed for him or for any of us in the team,” Sandeep Sharma added.

Meanwhile, David Warner will look to continue his form in the next outing as well when Sunrisers Hyderabad faces Rajasthan Royals. The southpaw will have to lead the batting unit from the front and bring them to winning ways.

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IPL 2019: Sandeep Sharma Opens Up The Influence Of David Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Sandeep Sharma believes that their team is widely different in the presence of David Warner.

Under David Warner’s captaincy, SRH won their only IPL trophy in IPL 2016. The left-handed opening batsman has scored 2,664 runs for this side in 60 innings at an average of 53.28. He is the leading IPL run-scorer for SRH.

David Warner missed the entire IPL 2018 due to his involvement in the controversial sandpaper gate incident in March 2018. Under Kane Williamson’s captaincy, SRH finished that tournament as the runners-up.

Now, David Warner has returned to the side and has already started to show his class. SRH began their IPL 2019 journey on last Sunday (24th March) when they met the host side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). Though SRH lost that thrilling match, David Warner played an extraordinary innings of 85 runs off 53 balls.

Talking about his return, Sandeep Sharma told CricketCountry, “When he returned this year, it never looked like he was apart from the team, [so] his return will make a huge difference to Hyderabad’s chances.”

The 25-year-old Indian pacer Sandeep Sharma has also praised David Warner’s guidance quality to the youngsters.

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“He’s quite an easy-going guy and speaks to me on many aspects such as training and nutrition. I have never played with him and like me, there are others in the side. He also sits with us and keeps telling us that all the teams who have won in the IPL, their young Indian players have done well. He guides us youngsters on how to go about our preparations. It’s always good to get such inputs from a player like David Warner.”

We played better than Kolkata – Sandeep Sharma

SRH was very close claiming a comfortable victory in their opening game of this season. After SRH managed to score 181/3 in 20 overs, KKR was mostly under pressure while chasing. The host side needed to score 53 runs in the last three overs to win that game. However, Andre Russell’s consistent power hitting helped the KKR side to snatch a remarkable victory. The Caribbean batsman remained not out on 49 runs off 19 balls as KKR chased the target in 19.4 overs after losing four wickets.

Disappointed Sandeep Sharma claimed that they played better than KKR in that match, but the last three overs made the entire difference.

He said, “We played better than Kolkata, but those last three overs made the difference. It was disappointing to lose the first game. As a bowling unit, we should have defended that target. It was the season’s first game, so we will sit and talk about our execution and then try to reflect on that.”

Sandeep Sharma also credited Andre Russell for that brilliant innings.

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Andre Russell (Image Credit: BCCI)

The SRH pacer added, “Everyone knows what Russell is capable of. He is one of hardest hitters in the game. We tried to execute our skills but fell short. Credit to Andre Russell. There’s been no dent to our confidence, this is not the first time when he’s hit bowlers out of the park, but it’s important how we bounce back.”

We have many X-factors in our team – Sandeep Sharma

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However, Sandeep Sharma is confident about the present SRH side. He believes that they have many match-winners to lead them to win the IPL 2019 trophy.

He said, “We have many X-factors in our team, players like Kane Williamson, Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, who on a given day can win matches for the side purely due to their performances. Our team spirit and the bond that we share has been the best I’ve seen.”

SRH will play their second match of this season on this Friday (29th March). It will be their first home game of this season when they will face Rajasthan Royals (RR) on this Friday night.

Sandeep, Rana fight back in Dakshin Dare rally
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Sandeep, Rana fight back in Dakshin Dare rally

Davangere (Karnataka), Sep 4: Sandeep Sharma and Suresh Rana scripted a gallant fightback for Team Maruti Suzuki in the 10th edition of the Dakshin Dare, taking the fourth and sixth positions respectively after Day 2 here on Tuesday evening.

Suzuki’s Sandeep and his co-driver Anmol Rampal were at their aggressive best on the day, clocking 58.09 minutes in three Special Stages and one Super Special Stage for a cumulative timing of 03:35:05 over the first two days.

His teammate, 10-time Raid de Himalaya champion Suresh (with Chirag Thakur), also fought back bravely to climb from the 11th position to take the sixth position.

Suresh, who fell behind after enduring a punctured tire on an opening day, caught up on lost time by going flat out and even posting the day’s third-best timing.

“I did not have the best of starts to the rally. But I am glad that I could get back into the fray. Our team (Maruti Suzuki) has its hopes pinned on me and I am quite sure that I will keep improving and fight till the end to defend my title,” Suresh said.

Three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill continued to hold on to the top position on the leaderboard after yet another power-packed performance.

The Mahindra Adventure racer, along with his co-driver Musa Sherif, was in his elements from the word go, winning all the three Special Stages and one Super Special Stage.

His teammate Philippos Matthai (with navigator PVS Moorthy) came in second, with a total time of 03:26:03 minutes.

Another Mahindra Adventure driver, Amittrajit Ghosh (with co-driver Ashwin Naik), slipped one place to take the third position after losing six minutes in the early part of the morning.

Yuva Kumar continued to lead in the bike category, winning two of the day’s stages and finishing second in the third. Aakash and Vishwas are in the second and third positions.

In the TSD category, Pramod Vig and Prakash Vig jumped to the top spot, while Santosh and Nagarajan took the second spot. Srikanth and Raghuraman are on the third spot.

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IPL 2018: Sore Back Rules Out Bhuvneshwar Kumar of Mumbai Indians Clash

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the vice-captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, was ruled out of his team’s tie against Mumbai Indians today (April 12).

The right-arm pacer is suffering from back sore, skipper Kane Williamson confirmed at the time of toss,

“Going to bowl. Good surface for bowling so we need to bowl well first up. Unfortunately, Bhuvi misses out, he has a sore back, so Sandeep Sharma comes in making his debut for the franchise, so that’s exciting for him,” he said.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the vice-captain of SRH

It is yet to be known whether he will sit out for just one game or will he need few days to be fully fit? Sandeep Sharma, who had played two T20Is for India, replaced Bhuvneshwar in the eleven.

The 24-year-old pacer was purchased by the franchise for a huge amount of Rs 3 Crore. He is known for bowling conventional swing and taking early wickets. He was a part of Kings XI Punjab in last year’s IPL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to field first in the seventh game of the season. Apart from Bhuvneshwar, there was no other change in the side. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians made two changes in their playing XI.

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Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of SRH tie. Photo credits: BCCI

Hardik Pandya is yet to recover and was ruled out of the contest. He was replaced by Pradeep Sangwan, who is a like replacement for Pandya. Skipper Rohit Sharma also preferred Ben Cutting over Mitchell McClenaghan, further bolstering their all-round department.

The home team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, look favourite to win the contest. Mumbai Indians, who suffered a defeat in their first game, will look for the first win of the season.

Here is the playing XI of both the teams –

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Pradeep Sangwan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah.

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Five Players Who Deserved A Place In The Indian Team For Champions Trophy

The Indian selectors announced the 15 member squad for the Champions Trophy earlier today. The squad had no surprises as there was only one change from last ODI series against England with Amit Mishra making way for pacer Mohammed Shami.

There were many contenders in the fray who presented their case for a place in the Champions Trophy squad but missed out, due to a settled line up.

Here, we have a look at those players who deserved a chance but could not mark the final cut in the Champions Trophy squad –  

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IPL 2017: KXIP Skipper Glenn Maxwell Lauds Team Efforts Post Win Over RCB

The fairytale season for the Kings XI Punjab continued, as the team that suffered four back to back losses after winning its first two games, with a win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, have kept their hopes of qualifying for the next round alive.

The intensity with which they defeated RCB is the biggest motivation, as they were defending a mere total of 139 in an away game but this score was enough for them to register yet another victory.

Batting first, Kings XI Punjab had a poor start, as they lost both the openers on a low score. The trio of Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra and Wriddhiamn Saha somehow managed to score runs on a difficult pitch and helped the team to continue the business of scoring runs.

Punjab’s innings could have been done and dusted on a score of around 120-125 but Axar Patel smashed a total of 18 runs in the final over, to sail the team to a score of 138, which proved to be a match-winning total in the end.

Sandeep Sharma’s contribution is worth mentioning, as the Man of the Match for the second consecutive game scalped three big fishes in form of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to shatter the dreams of RCB by registering a win and in the end, it can be said that KXIP won the game quite comfortably.

Glenn Maxwell praised the team efforts after the win as he said,

We did really well, the history here gave us some confidence. Axar’s score gave a good total to defend. Our bowlers did a good job in patches. Sandeep has been outstanding, to get those three (Gayle, Kohli, AB) players out in a whole season is a great effort, let alone in one game. We’re close and still want to play better, still a lot of things to come. We were a little bit patchy and didn’t assess conditions as well as we should have. We were looking for an 180-plus score and didn’t go as hard in the last 7-8 overs.

Here is what Man of the Match Sandeep Sharma said after the game –

Sandeep Sharma: 

It’s making me feel great, it’s like a dream come true to get those three wickets upfront. I’m very happy. I’ve been talking to my coaches and especially Viru paaji (Sehwag) who says pitch the ball up and swing the ball both ways, that’s your strength. That’s what batsmen find difficult to face. Some movement was there and it wasn’t a typical Bangalore wicket, it wasn’t as flat and I was trying to swing the ball.

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IPL 2017: “Batting Collapses Like This Are Disappointing,” Says Virat Kohli

In this season, everything seems to be going against Royal Challengers Bangalore, as the franchise went on to lose another game at their home ground.

It was a disappointing loss, as they had a mere target of 139 in front of them but the top order crumbled in front of Sandeep Sharma and rest of the bowlers went on to take advantage of it, to topple the RCB batting line-up on 119.

Chris Gayle disappointed the team and his fans once again, as the big man was dismissed for a duck. Virat Kohli, who showed some promise in the first few deliveries followed him soon and it was Sandeep Sharma who bagged the prize wicket of the day.

Sandeep continued his superb bowling and soon picked up the wicket of AB de Villiers as well, to catch three big fishes. It was a substandard performance from RCB’s batting line-up, which saw them losing one more game this season.

Skipper Virat Kohli wasn’t happy with the side’s batting display and said that it was a big disappointment as he said,

“It’s really disheartening; I don’t know what to say in games like these anymore. It’s happening many times now for our liking. Anything we are trying with the bat is not working, the whole squad is trying to be positive but we’re not finding a way to make a big score. Wickets are falling too quickly, I can’t pinpoint anything, we’re trying to be as positive as we can. Our preparations have been similar to what we did last year, but what matters is what you do on the field and this season has been against what we’ve wanted. We let ourselves down with the bat once again, I’ve not seen so many collapses for a team in one season. We didn’t plan anything specific against any bowler. AB smokes those balls more often than not (to the ball he got out). Sandeep bowled really well, he pitched it in the right areas. You don’t really understand what to do in times like these.