The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) succumbed to its first defeat against the Mumbai Indians (MI) after winning three games in a row since 2017. The Rohit Sharma-led team registered a sensational 40-run victory over the home team at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday. After the loss, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer feels there are a lot of concerns which need to be addressed as far as the death bowling is concerned.
It was the brother duo comprising of Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya who stole the show with some terrific batting in the first innings and in turn the pair propelled the visiting team to an imposing total. While in the second innings, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar bowled a brilliant spell to reduce the home team in a miserable state. Then the rest of the MI bowlers also delivered excellent performances to help their team pick up a splendid win.
It is important for us to win the home games
The Delhi-based franchise has a very poor track record while playing at home in the history of IPL against every opposition. Iyer admitted to the fact that it is very important for them to win the home games. The skipper reckoned that the Mumbai team outplayed them in all the three departments of the game.
“It is important for us to win the home games. Especially on these wickets. We lost the toss as well and they outplayed us in all three departments. Credit to them,” said Shreyas Iyer.
Iyer further mentioned that they will have to sort out the death bowling woes. He noted that it was surely difficult to bat in the second innings on that Delhi wicket as the ball was stopping a lot. “A lot of concern as far as the death overs were concerned. It wasn’t easy to bat in the second innings. The ball was stopping. It was difficult for the new batters. The last three overs were game changing,” Iyer added.
I have been working hard in the nets
In the first innings, Pandya brothers combined power with smartness came to the rescue of Mumbai Indians. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya batted very much sensibly, taking calculative risks with Hardik doing his usual power-hitting job and Krunal playing some street smart cricket. The pair compiled a blistering partnership of 54 runs at a quick pace and in that process smacked the Delhi bowlers in all parts of the ground. Hardik played an entertaining cameo knock of 32 runs off just 15 balls which consisted of 3 sixes and 2 fours
“Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me. I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard,” said Hardik Pandya who was adjudged the Man of the Match.