We are very confident, says Dhawan

The five-wicket loss to Otago Volts snapped their winning run in the Champions League Twenty20 but Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan is not too worried and said the confidence of his side is still high ahead of the main tournament starting on Saturday.

Already through to the main draw, Sunrisers on Friday suffered a five wicket defeat to Otago but Dhawan was happy that he could try out a few things. “We lost the game but we tried a few things,” said Dhawan.

“That’s what we were trying to do: try a few things. In the knockout stages, our batsmen have all had hits, so that’s a bonus for us. The confidence is still high. This was a match where we wanted to try thing and analyse what went wrong and what went right,” he said.

Otago skipper Brendon McCullum said it was a smart move to start with Nathan McCullum after winning the toss and electing to bowl.

“We had a couple of bowlers to rest today so we had to be tactically smarter,” said Brendon. “So we began with Nathan who bowled well. Very happy with how the boys have performed. We are a bit surprised by the conditions, they suit our style of play.”

Man of the Match Nathan McCullum said: “It is nice to contribute today and get the team to a good start. It was a good challenge to bowl first.”

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