Sunrisers see themselves closer to semifinals

Hyderabad, May 5 (IANS) With yet another win at home, Sunrisers Hyderabad see themselves closer to reaching the semifinals of the Indian Premier League.

“Two to three more games and we are there straightaway. We can see the semifinal light burning there. But still I don’t want to be overconfident. We will take it match to match,” said Sunriers chief mentor Krishnamachari Srikant after his team beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets here last night.

Sunrisers, which scored a fifth consecutive win on home ground, has moved up to third position on the points table.

Terming the victory “very very convincing”, Srikant said it was bowlers’ day out. “I think the bowlers have done an extraordinary job. Our bowlers have done a deadly job throughout the IPL so far, but in this particular game the line and length they bowled was outstanding,” he said

He believes the first two overs by Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma set the tone as they tied down someone like Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene.

“Everybody contributed to the success. Everybody was accurate. You can’t single out a bowler. They did a great job. It was simply bowlers’ day out and if we look from the batting point of view, the way Shikhar Dhawan started, it put them on the backfoot. Quickfire 20 and the match was over then and there itself.”

Srikant said it was a great feeling and he was overjoyed. He said the team spirit and energy was high. He felt happy for Darren Sammy, who was thrilled over bagging the man of the match award.

The former Indian captain thanked the people of Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh for their support and said the team was continuing its victory run because of their support and prayers.

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