Indian Premier League, 2019 |Match 53 |5/4/2019 Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
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AMIT MISHRA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his love affair with the Indian T20 League, Mishra says that he is not happy that missed out on the hat-trick. On his chat with Trent Boult on dropping the catch on the hat-trick ball, Mishy says that he scolded the Kiwi for unnecessarily jumping for the catch, when he could have taken it easily. In response, Amit says that Boult apologized quite a few times. Coming to serious talk, Mishra says that he just focused on keeping things simple and landing the ball in the right areas with the pitch turning so much. Thanks the crowd for its support.
Victorious Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, says that the difference between last season and this season is that the players have opened up a lot, having been given plenty of freedom by the support staff. Adds that they don't feel like coaches and that helps. Further says that keeping things simple is their mantra. Praises Ishant Sharma for the consistency he has showed this season. On Dhawan's trading back to Delhi, Iyer says that he will not complain and is happy with the result, also crediting him for keeping the dressing room in splits. Is happy for Amit Mishra who still has something to give to the team and the sport. Finishes by saying that everyone in the team is treated equally. On the team planning to attack the spinners, Shreyas says that either himself or Pant would have been required to go big and he took the responsibility on himself but unfortunately, it did not reap good dividends.
Rishabh Pant is now in for a chat. Says he is always happy whenever he is taking his side home. Adds that it is always special to finish the match but he failed to do so in the last game. Tonight, he is happy to have done that. On the pitch, Rishabh says that it remained the same and the ball always turns in Kotla. Whether they were thinking to go on top with an early finish, Pant says they were looking for it but once they lost early wickets they decided to milk it and get over the line. On the bowlers' performance tonight, Pant feels that it is always easy for spinners when the pace bowlers pick up wickets upfront and today that is what happened. On being asked who he prefers to meet in the playoffs, Pant says that he does not mind who they face as they are just looking to win.
Rajasthan skipper, Ajinkya Rahane, says that they had a tough season this year and reckons that they did not capitalise on the key moments. He feels there were lots of things to learn and hopes to come back stronger next season. On Parag and Gopal, Rahane says that Parag is a great talent and he has played really well despite being so young and on Gopal, Jinx says that he has picked wickets at regular intervals and he had done it last season as well. On his own season, Ajinkya tells that he had a good season and was feeling confident with the bat. Further adds that he always thinks about the team and he has learnt a lot of things from this season.
Earlier in the day, Rajasthan could not make good use of a sticky wicket and trouble Delhi. Too many shots were attempted too soon by the batsmen, not quite showing patience to hang in there and losing the plot. At one stage, even 100 was looking impossible, till a certain Riyan Parag came along and took them to 115. Another 20-30 runs would have been helpful.
SO PROVISIONALLY, DELHI MOVE TO SECOND. RAJASTHAN ARE KNOCKED OUT. If Mumbai beat Punjab tomorrow, Delhi could drop down to third, though if Chennai lose to Punjab by a big margin, they could slip down too. Maths, maths, maths, on a Saturday....ohh... better let the events unfold themselves, aye?
Rajasthan tried their best with the ball. Did not allow Delhi to get off to a flier but this was a track where fast bowlers were not that successful. Aaron and Thomas were expensive while the spin department did not have enough on the board to defend. Sodhi ended with 3 wickets while Gopal continued his excellent 2019 with 2 more wickets.
The good thing for the home side was that run rate was not an issue. Yes, if they wanted to finish in the top 2, they needed to win inside 10 overs but the least they could have done is win the game. It was a track where run-making was not easy and someone had to bide his time on the wicket. Rishabh Pant did that, scoring an unbeaten 53 from 38 balls and taking his team over the line. The others played around him, so the lack of a big partnership did not quite hurt Delhi.
Easy-peasy for Delhi then. They were not chasing a big total but when the openers fell in quick succession, they would have felt some sort of a tremor. The team needed one batsman to bat big and one partnership to be strung and one of the two happened.
Ish Sodhi to R Pant, SIX! Game, set and match. Delhi end the league stage with 9 wins. Short and outside off, Pant rocks back and pulls it over wide long on! VICTORY FOR DELHI BY 5 WICKETS AND 23 BALLS TO SPARE.
END OF OVER 16 | 15 Runs & 1 Wkt | DC 115/5
Ish Sodhi to bowl what could probably be the final over of the game.
S Gopal to R Pant, Outside off, punched through point for a run. SCORES ARE LEVEL NOW.
S Gopal to R Pant, SIX! BLAST! Just 2 more needed. Full and outside off, Pant gets down and mows it into the second tier at long on for half a dozen!
S Gopal to A Patel, Tossed up around off, spinning in, pushed towards cover for a single.
S Gopal to R Pant, The googly, outside off, short in length, slapped through the covers for a single. 9 needed now.
This is sad. STRATEGIC BREAK with 10 runs needed. Axar Patel walks in now.
S Gopal to S Rutherford, OUT! Caught. Six previous ball, gone next ball. Tossed up outside off, Rutherford gets down to slog but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. He gets a top edge which goes high in the air. Liam Livingstone has to run back just a bit from mid on and takes the catch comfortably in the end.
S Gopal to S Rutherford, SIX! Short ball, outside off, Rutherford pulls it over mid-wicket. The fielder leaps but misses. His knee touches the bottle beyond the ropes but he seems to be fine.
END OF OVER 15 | 16 Runs & 0 Wkt | DC 100/4
Shreyas Gopal to bowl out. 3-0-6-1 so far.
V Aaron to R Pant, FOUR! BELLIGERENT! Short and wide outside off, Pant slaps it over point and gets a boundary! 100 up for Delhi with 16 from that over. Just 16 more needed now.
V Aaron to R Pant, SIX! Fine leg was in but it wouldn't have mattered. It is turning out to be an expensive over from Aaron - 12 from it already. A short ball, around middle, Pant swivels and just uses the pace of the bowler, helping it over fine leg.
V Aaron to S Rutherford, Hops across and looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The batsmen take a quick single.