Delhi Capitals (DC) finally oozed off their playoffs fears by becoming second team to qualify for the next phase in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Shreyas Iyer-led team recorded a fabulous performance to hand a 16-run defeat to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. The home team recorded a pretty challenging first innings total on the back of half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. In the second innings, RCB openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli got their team off to a decent start, but the DC bowlers then pulled of things superbly well to steer their team to an emphatic victory.
Nonetheless, with this win, Delhi Capitals have become the second team after CSK to book a berth in the playoffs as well as the former has climbed towards the top of the points table. On the other hand, the Royal Challengers have nothing other than pride to play for in the rest of the tournament.
They are really starting to believe in themselves
After the game, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting addressed the media reporters in the post-match press conference and revealed that the boys have started to believe in themselves. Ponting mentioned that there is that sense of trust within the players. He noted that the home team did got out with a hard fought win but they are playing some really good cricket.
“We've probably done it the hard way tonight, but the boys are really starting to believe in themselves, they are trusting one another, and playing some good cricket. So all in all, we are pretty happy with where we're at," said Ricky Ponting.
You want to be peaking at the right time
This was the first time in six years when the Delhi-based franchisee has qualified for the knockouts of the tournament. Delhi were coming into this game after a five-day break and Ponting stated that it is really important to peak at the right moment in a big competitive competition such as the IPL.
"You want to be peaking at the right time, so for us to bounce back after a five-day break and win tonight was a really good thing," Ponting added.
The Delhi Capitals will next be locking horns with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on May 1 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. "We go to Chennai now, which is a hard place for anybody to win, so that's a great challenge for us. To the boys' credit, we haven't really talked about where we are on the table, just getting as well-prepared and planning as well as we can for the next challenge. So yeah, we've qualified, that's really great, but two big games to go, and the target now will be to finish one or two," the Delhi Capitals head coach concluded.