Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant was pleased with his team’s three-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Monday, but admitted that it wasn’t an easy cruise during the chase. With their 10th win of the season, the Capitals pipped CSK to take the top position in the IPL 2021 points table.
Shikhar Dhawan (39 off 35) and Prithvi Shaw’s (18 off 12)early blitz had put DC well ahead of the required rate during their run-chase of 137, before CSK bowlers strangled the scoring in the middle overs to keep the game in the balance.
Shardul Thakur’s double strikes in the 15th over, including that of Dhawan pushed DC on backfoot at 99/6, before Shimron Hetmyer’s 18-ball 26 took them over the line.
“Not a bad birthday present, but in the end we made it tough for ourselves,” said Pant, who turned 24 on Monday. “Prithvi got us to a decent start... We were always in the chase since it was a low total. Shikhar started well... (On Ashwin coming at No 6) Just to keep the left-right combination, that's it! Absolutely big win, and we want to be absolutely sure that we finish in the top two."
"It is difficult to assess the length and line, and the pace of the ball [on such pitches],” said Axar, as he received the Player of the Match award. “I thought they scored 5-10 runs less in the powerplay. Hetmyer and I were discussing that they would bowl wide yorkers according to their field. Batting is your confidence booster, especially since we will be going to the playoffs. This confidence then helps you later."
DC will play Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last league fixture in Dubai on Friday, October 8.