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IPL: Sunrisers make plans to eclipse Kings XI

Sharjah: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody and captain Shikhar Dhawan have worked out a simple formula to stop Kings XI Punjab’s winning run in the Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 as they prepare to clash in Sharjah on Tuesday.

Moody said: “My message is to execute our game plan as well as possible as we have no control over Kings XI and the way they prepare and the way they play. What we have control over how well we play and execute our plans.

“We will be judged on how we execute with the ball, the bat and field and, if we do those three disciplines well, we are hoping tomorrow night [Tuesday] to walk away with a win.”

When Gulf News asked skipper Dhawan about his plans, he said: “We are very happy with our preparations and we have lots of positives to take from our first game [a four-wicket defeat by Rajasthan Royals] as we did really well as a bowling unit, though a few of our batsmen did not click.

“We are just getting our momentum and are really excited about tomorrow’s [Tuesday] game,” Dhawan added.

Punjab’s Glenn Maxwell has been the batting star of the tournament so far and Moody said the Sunrisers have devised a plan to keep him in check.

“Like any player, we have done a thorough review and analysis of Maxwell, and a lot of the players in the side are pretty familiar with him, like [David] Warner and assistant coach Simon Helmot, who coaches him in Melbourne,” the former Australia star said.

“We are very aware of what his strengths are and, at the end of the day, he is like any other top quality player. When he gets going it is pretty hard to stop and we will make a conscious effort of recognising this. He is in a rich kind of form and we don’t want to be distracted by this one player.”

Moody added: “The first thing I learnt from the first match is that Sunrisers haven’t lost that fighting spirit, even though we did not get a score that we thought was enough.

“What we showed was the qualities that we showed last year that got us into the play-offs, especially that never-say-die spirit, and those are fighting qualities which can only be derived by teams and not by individuals. So, from Shikhar’s point of view as captain and my point of view as coach, we have a few positives.

“We have a team that is prepared to fight and we certainly learnt that, if a couple of batsmen get established, one of them will have to continue. In the first match unfortunately we lost both our established batsmen in a reasonably short time. When this happens in T20 cricket, it is very hard to recover.”