SRH had a good chance if not for rain: Muralitharan

Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Muralitharan reiterated that he is satisfied with the players' performance.      

Published: 18th May 2017 02:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2017 02:43 PM   |  A+A-

Muthiah Muralitharan. (File | AP)

By PTI

BENGALURU: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Muttiah Muralitharan feels his team would have had a good chance of making the IPL final if its eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders had not been truncated due to rain.      

The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad was a rain-curtailed one. Opting to bowl first, KKR produced a disciplined bowling and fielding effort to first restrict Sunrisers to a modest 128 for seven and then overwhelmed the revised target of 48 in six overs with consummate ease.      

"I think overall if you see, the Bengaluru wicket this year was very low scoring. I thought 130 is a par score. I think with more runs on board and if you take two or three wickets in a 20-over game, we would have had a better chance than playing a six-over game," Muralitharan told reporters at the post-match press conference here.      

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Muralitharan felt his team fell 10 runs short of what they would have wanted on the board.      

"The wicket is not that great to play shots here, because if you had played your shots, you would have been bowled out for 70-80 runs. We were thinking about putting 140 runs, and if we had a 20-over game, we had the bowling to defend. Unfortunately, we were 10 runs short. They bowled well as well," he said.  

"We have all seen on this wicket this season, even while defending 130, teams have won," he added.      Muralitharan said the team had a very good season and played well.      

"Unfortunately, it was the rain, which you cannot complain about, and you need to move on because they played better. We had a very good season and we played well.      

"However, unfortunately you need to go out sometimes when you are in the knockouts. Therefore, unfortunately this year is not our year. We will make sure if we can build the same team next year, comeback and fight for the trophy," he said.      

Muralitharan reiterated that he is satisfied with the players' performance.      

"Our batsmen batted well, the bowlers, who were picked in the auction, did well as well. Therefore, we are satisfied with our players along with our performance as well," he said.      

The Lankan spin legend Muralitharan also said, "We also won eight matches or something, while we just lost five matches, along with this loss. We won it last year, and that is not going to happen every time. Every team tries hard. Therefore, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. We take it on the chin and say 'Ok, it's not our year'. I also congratulate all the players who played really well for us." 

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