After a brilliant start, Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) slumped to its third loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday. The visiting Sunrisers side registered a clinical five-wicket win over Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. After the game, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting reckons that the behaviour of the Delhi track surprised them a lot.
“I thought they bowled smartly on that wicket. That wicket surprised us a lot. Talking to the groundsmen before the game, he thought that was our best pitch. By far and away it was our worst. You saw how little it bounced and how slow it was. I thought their bowlers adapted well to the conditions,” quoted Ricky Ponting.
SRH has very skillful bowlers
The SRH bowlers displayed a sensational combined effort to rattle the opposition batsmen under a pretty thin first innings total. Ponting revealed that the Sunrisers have pretty skillful bowlers who took the advantage of the helpful conditions very nicely. SRH spin bowling all-rounder Mohammad Nabi delivered an excellent spell, claiming two crucial wickets at an impressive economy.
“They have very skilful bowlers in those conditions as they bowl knuckle balls and slower balls. Nabi also did a good job for them in the powerplay. We knew we needed to get off to a good start and unfortunately we didn’t do that. We got some work to do. This is our home ground and we need to learn to play in these conditions better than the opposition. We definitely have to improve,” he added.
The wicket absolutely suits them down to the ground
The Delhi coach further went on to mention that the Delhi wicket suited the visiting team as they have pretty good spinners as well as seamers who took advantage of the conditions on offer. “At the end of the day it is the same pitch for both teams. But, if you ask me would I want to play Sunrisers on that type of pitch, that wicket absolutely suits them down to the ground. They have great spinners and all their seamers bowl slower balls. And if you bowl slower balls on this wicket, it is not possible to hit,” explained Ponting.