Bravo: Lions didn’t read conditions well
Gujarat Lions all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has admitted that the team didn't adjust to the conditions in Hyderabad when facing the Sunrisers, and assumed it would be a high-scoring track.
The Lions only managed to score 126 runs, with the batsmen failing to adjust their games to the two-paced deck, and the Sunrisers chased that down with ease. Bravo, who made 18 runs, said they should have done much better.
Bravo said after the match: "I think we didn't adjust quickly. When you look at their IPL games, few of the games played here in Hyderabad, it's always a high-scoring game. It's a high-scoring venue.
"So I think the batsmen maybe took it in mind that 'okay, it's another high-scoring game', but it wasn't.
"It was a different surface, the conditions were more challenging for batting and we, as batsmen, as international players, we didn't adapt quickly enough.
"Instead of trying to get 175-180, we could've easily tried to get 135-140 and it could've been a winning total.
"It's a learning process and definitely we have to regroup as a team and adjust to all these situations because you can't keep playing like every game you try to get 180 and 190, that's not going to be possible."
Bravo added that it didn't help that the SRH bowlers were in top form, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashish Nehra particularly tough to get away.
He added: "It was very good bowling. You've got to give credit where credit is due.
" I think the way Bhuvi bowled his first over… we all know once the condition is in his favour, it's very difficult to play him. He's one of the best swing bowlers in the world. You've got to give credit.
"I think Ashish backs it up very well. They bowled well to us, they bowled Test-match areas."
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