Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant was pleased with his team’s three-field victory over Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Monday, but admitted it was not an easy cruise during the chase. With their 10th win of the season, the Capitals overtook CSK to take the top spot in the 2021 IPL points table.
Shikhar Dhawan (39 of 35) and Prithvi Shaw (18 of 12) early in the blitz had put DC well ahead of the required pace during their 137 chase, before CSK pitchers choked the score in the middle to maintain the game in balance.
Shardul Thakur’s double strikes in the 15th over, including Dhawan’s, kicked DC back at 99/6, before Shimron Hetmyer’s 18-ball 26 carried them over the line.
The birthday boy, Rishabh Pant, looked back at the victory that put them at the top of the points table, but admitted that the chase got tougher than it was supposed to.
“It’s not a bad birthday present, but in the end we made it hard for ourselves,” said Pant, who turned 24 on Monday. “Prithvi got us off to a decent start… We were always in hot pursuit as it was a total low. Shikhar started well … (on Ashwin reaching number 6) Just to keep the left-right combination, that’s it! Absolutely a great victory, and we want to be absolutely sure that we finish in the top two. “
Previously, it was Axar Patel (2/18) who stood out for DC with the ball, pocketing key wards from Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali to restrict CSK to 136/5. The SUV reflected on its general effort.
“It’s difficult to assess the length and the line, and the rhythm of the ball. [on such pitches]”Said Axar, upon receiving the Man of the Match award. “I thought they scored 5-10 fewer runs on the power game. Hetmyer and I were discussing that they would throw great yorkers according to their field. Batting is your confidence booster, especially since we’re going to the playoffs. This confidence will help you later. “
DC will play Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final league match in Dubai on Friday 8th October.
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