Sunrisers Hyderabad were defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 47th match of IPL 2023. Kolkata defeated Hyderabad by 5 runs in this match. With this match, Hyderabad suffered their sixth defeat of the season. After this defeat, Hyderabad’s head coach Brian Lara made a sensational statement. Lara said that if Kolkata did not defeat them, they themselves were defeated. Now this statement is being discussed everywhere.
Batting first, Kolkata challenged Hyderabad by 172 runs. While overcoming this challenge, Hyderabad could score only 166 runs losing 8 wickets in 20 overs. Hence Hyderabad had to lose by 5 runs from Kolkata. Now the Hyderabad team is ranked ninth among the ten teams. Also, Kolkata is ranked eighth. Speaking to the media after the match, Lara said, “Scored wickets in the powerplay, which did not come out. We asked Heinrich Klaassen to manage the innings. He lands sixth and is preceded by five good players. It was difficult for him.”
Speaking further, he said, “The batsmen have to find a way to win such a match on a pitch that is advantageous. However, we could not win. We have to look at partners. Aggressiveness is a good thing, but to win the match, it is also important to stay strong.”
Lara also praised KKR spinners Sunil Narine and Varun Chakraborty. He said, “They are brilliant spinners. We have seen that spinners play an important role in the tournament. Spinners like Narine and Chakraborty are world class. We were in the game, but we lost the game ourselves.”
KKR’s man-of-the-match spinner Varun Chakraborty said after the match, “His strategy of provoking the Hyderabad batsmen to hit long shots towards the boundary paid off.” He said, “There was a lot of pressure, but the only thing Nitish was telling me was to push them to play towards the boundary. That’s what we did and it was an important win.”
Varun Chakaravarthy is adjudged Player of the Match for his bowling figures of 1/20 as #KKR snatch a thrilling victory.
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Hyderabad team has played 9 matches in the season out of which they have won only 3 matches and lost 6 matches. So it will be important to see how the Hyderabad team performs in the next matches. (cricketer brian lara slams batsman for poor performance against kkr match in ipl 2023)
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