The tenth game of IPL 2019 played between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was an absolute thrilling expedition. Initially it looked like that the day will once again belong to KKR all-rounder Andre Russell after his staggering knock of 62 runs off just 27 balls. But then in the second innings, DC opener Prithvi Shaw compiled a phenomenal innings of 99 runs to completely overshadow Russell’s onslaught.
I was looking to hit it big
Prithvi Shaw composed a stupendous knock to help his team claim a domination position in the game. But after his wicket, a dramatic ending occurred as the rest of the batters failed to close the game which in turn took it towards the Super Over finish. Young Shaw never felt any sort of pressure of the chase and looked on course to smack his first IPL hundred. But his dreams suffered a huge heartbreak when Lockie Ferguson bowled a fantastic delivery to dismiss Shaw before reaching the three-figure mark.
“I thought I missed the opportunity to finish the game for the team. Rather than scoring one run, I was looking to hit it big because I didn’t want the game to get this close. But the boys finished it off really well in the Super Over and I think we deserve this win,” said Prithvi Shaw during the post-match presentation ceremony.
I spoke to my support-staff
In the first two games, Shaw failed to contribute with significant performances. He revealed that he had discussed with the DC support staff on where he was going wrong. Shaw noted that he changed his plan for the game against KKR and thought to take his time to build his innings by hitting more along the ground.
“I spoke to my support-staff, Ricky Ponting sir, Sourav Ganguly sir, Praveen Amre sir and I figured out that I was going a little too hard early. After getting two fours in an over I was looking to do silly things. So I changed my plan and looked to take my time and hit along the ground,” Shaw added.
Shaw mentioned that the track changed a bit in the run-chase as the two KKR leg-spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla were getting good turn. “I think the pitch changed a bit, the bowlers’ marks opened up and Kuldeep and Piyush were getting good turn. Batting became difficult for us because their slower ones were working quite well, but we were looking to pick the singles and doubles,” concluded the DC opener.