Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant on Monday said the three-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings was definitely a great victory as they are looking to secure the top two places in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League.
DC, who smashed a short target of 137, won over CSK with two balls to spare after a strong start on the day their captain Pant turned 24.
“Not a bad birthday gift, but in the end we made it harder. In the end everything will be fine if we win,” Pant said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Prithviraj Shah scored some boundaries before Shikhar Dhawan took charge. However, Shimran Hetmire (28 not out) is needed to see a team that has become a low-scoring game, close to DC.
“Prithvi gave us a good start … we will always chase him because it is a small amount. Shikhar started well … definitely a big win, and we want to make sure we finish in the first two places.
When asked about promoting Ravichandran Ashwin in 6th position, Pant said it was done “to keep the left-right combination”.
CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni found the pitch two-pace, but was happy that his team could match from it.
“We look to be close to 150. After we’ve lost a few wickets — and around the wicket for 15-16 overs — we look well. Shots were played there … and if it had dropped to eight or ten deliveries, it would have made a difference. Wicket-some balls will come to you, some will not come, ”said Dhoni.
“It’s not a clear wicket that can play your shots. I’m getting that move for long bowlers. It’s a very good effort (by the bowlers).
2/18, Akshar Patel was named Man of the Match for his outstanding bowling figures.
“Length and line and speed of the ball are difficult to estimate (on such pitches). I thought they were five or ten runs short in the powerplay,” Patel said.
When asked about being in the middle with Hetmire, Patel said, “Hetmire and I are discussing bowling wide yorkers according to their field. Batting boosts your confidence, especially when we go to the playoffs. This confidence will help you later. ”
Hetmeyer, who was unbeaten on 28 off 18 balls, said he was paid to finish the game.
“Completing the games is very important to me. I tell the boys, I’m paid for it and I will try to finish as many games as possible,” he said.
He got a life on the 12th and when asked about it, Guyanese said, “I thought I came out, and that guy lost it and I’m grateful. It’s just about getting the bat on the ball.
“In the 19th over I scored a six and wanted to bring it down as much as possible.
“I practiced enough against Bravo in the CPL. I knew he would go wide with the field he had and I saw him go straight to the ground against him. It paid off twice.”
After hitting veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for 12 in the 18th over, Hetmire scored 10 in the 19th over off Josh Hazelwood.