Former Australian skipper and IPL 2013 champions Ricky Ponting feels that Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wholly balanced their match and manage during the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League 2017.
On Wednesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad will face Eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore. With four wins from the last six matches to complete the group stage, SRH seems to be the most in-form team title into the playoffs.
Top list from the IPL 2017 point table team Mumbai Indians has lost the Qualifier 1 match against Rising Pune Supergiants by 20 runs on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium. RPS is waiting for their Qualifier 2 match to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on May 21st in Hyderabad.
Former Aussies cricketer Ponting feels that it will be tough for Kolkata Knight Riders to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, a team that is “playing their best cricket now.”
Talking about Sunrisers Hyderabad well balancing after the return of Chris Lynn injury, Ponting said to cricket.com.au that “I’m a big believer in tournament play and trying to find a way to create that bit of momentum going into the finals. All the big world Cups and Champions Trophies I played in, that was always a focus of ours in the Australian cricket team.”
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When asked about David Warner-led side are maintaining at just the right time, Ponting said “Not necessarily being at your absolute peak for the start of the tournament because trying to maintain that for eight of nine weeks of an IPL is near-on impossible. I like the trajectory they’re (Sunrisers Hyderabad) on.”
Talking about two batsmen and Yuvraj Singh key performance, Ponting said “Sunrisers have built and built, and they’re playing their best cricket now. I’d rather be in that camp rather than a team that had a lost a few going into the finals.”
“Whether they planned that or not, but they’ve got a lot of experience in Warner, (Yuvraj) Singh, Shikhar Dhawan. Even Rashid Khan has come in and done really well for them, they’ve got most bases covered. Moises (Henriques) has probably been that little bit of glue. They’re a really well-balanced team.”