Reflecting on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) IPL 2021 trip that ended with just three wins in 14 games, alternate captain Manish Pandey said too many team changes did not work in his favor. In their last league game, SRH came up 42 short, chasing 236 against the Mumbai Indians.
Fiery punches from Ishan Kishan (84 of 32) and Suryakumar Yadav (82 of 40) helped MI finish their IPL 14 campaign on a winning note, but failed to help them with a playoff qualification. The five-time champions needed a 171-run or more victory to qualify for the next stage, but were denied the opportunity by SRH batters on a batting-friendly surface in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Manish Pandey, SRH’s alternate captain for the match, crashed undefeated 69 to 41 as his team finished 42 short in a 236 chase. The 2016 champions suffered their 11th loss of the season to finish at the bottom of the eighths. -table of team points. Pandey during the post-game presentation ceremony reflected on the Orange Army journey and acknowledged that “a lot of team changes” didn’t help the team.
Notably, David Warner was fired from the captaincy and Manish Pandey himself was eliminated on more than one occasion over the course of 14 league games.
“It was really hot and it was 20 intense overs. My calves are a bit tight. I think the surface was the best in the tournament. We knew IM would come hard on us and they did. Our fast players gave away a few extra runs that cost us at least final, but this was the best launch of the tournament. We had a lot of changes in the team, which did not work for us. We had problems in the first games as well, and we had to get up in the second leg, but the whole team did not do full performances , despite some really good individual performances, “Manish Pandey said after the game.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have qualified for the playoff stage that begins on October 10 in Dubai.
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