Sunrisers Hyderabad must beat Kolkata Knight Riders to make it to the knockout stage. (BCCI)
Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody says that beating Kolkata Knight Riders would not be a cakewalk when they clash with them to snatch the last-available play-offs berth on Sunday. Hyderabad must beat KKR to make it to the knockout stage.
"We got a day to rest and recover. KKR are not going come here and lie down. We know that. They are a proud team. Obviously, running champions. They got a point to prove and they want to finish the season on a high. We have to prepare well. We have to execute the three disciplines to make sure, we finish with a win," Moody said.
Moody praised his side for winning Friday's contest against formidable but fixing-embroiled Rajasthan Royals.
"An extremely important game for us. After an early setback, to show character as a playing group, more importantly, to relatively young cricketers, give us a position, we could compete in the second half of the game, was probably even more pleasing," he said.
He also acknowledged Biplab Samantray s 55-run knock that came under extreme pressure situations.
"Biplab, he has had limited opportunities. The way we constructed the order, sometimes he gets early, sometimes he does not. It is difficult thing for a batsman to adjust. But, this is the second occasion now in this IPL that he stepped up and helped us get a competitive total.
"It tells a lot about him as a player, as a character. To do that under pressure, to form a partnership under extreme pressure, that he did with Vihari, a haul like that, is an important part of this win today," he said.