The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) handed a convincing 6-wicket defeat to the host Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday. The Royals former skipper, Ajinkya Rahane composed a stupendous century to propel his team to a huge first innings total. But in the second innings, first it was Shikhar Dhawan, who smashed a quick-fire half-century knock to help his team with a solid opening platform and then Rishabh Pant crafted a staggering innings to steer DC to an emphatic victory and in turn overshadowed Rahane’s magnificent century as well.
I just can’t go out and smash every ball
DC opener Shikhar Dhawan started things in the second innings off in a blazing manner, smashing a fabulous total of 59 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. Dhawan came out in a great dazzling mood, racking up an excellent half-century off only 25 balls that too in the seventh over of the innings. On the other hand, Shaw was also batting really well but he was fighting out his own little battle with form.
“I had not slowed down. It makes sense if someone is going better than you in the Power Play like Shikhi (Dhawan) bhai has done, I can’t just go out and smash every ball. I have to be mentally prepared as well to play that sort of innings,” quoted Prithvi Shaw during the post-match press conference.
“When Dhawan was hitting the way he was, I thought I should take the game deep because in case he got out, one set batsman should be there to take the game deep,” he added.
I was confident to do the job
After that explosive start, RR bowling duo of Shreyas Gopal and Riyan Parag then helped their team stage a slight comeback by first removing Dhawan and then Shreyas Iyer. After those quick jitters, two young budding cricketers in Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant took the onus to resurrect the Delhi innings.
Pant was looking in a canter mood, cutting out some quick runs by taking on the RR bowlers. In absolutely no time, the left-hander racked up a sensational half-century to help his team claim a comfortable position in the run-chase. Shaw played a significant knock of 42 runs which included 4 fours and 1 six.
“And that’s what happened, he and Shreyas Iyer, both were dismissed in quick succession. But I was confident that if I took the game deep, I would be able to do the job. Rishabh (Pant, who scored 78 off 36 balls), obviously is the biggest finisher of the game in T20 right now. I was just waiting for my chance and later on I too switched gears,” Shaw furthered.