Delhi Capitals (DC) pulled off a sensational two-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator encounter in Visakhapatnam. In the first innings, the Delhi bowlers bowled really well to restrict the opposition within a par first innings total. However, the real thrill came in the second innings of the match, when the momentum shifted ends quite frequently. Rishabh Pant did play a fantastic innings of 49 runs but then left his team depleting on the doorsteps of a probable victory.
However, towards the end, DC all-rounder Keemo Paul held his nerves to finish off the matters in just the last over of the game and in turn guided his team to an emphatic win. With this victory, Delhi Capitals have successfully booked a meeting with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Qualifier 2 on 10th May at the same venue.
He is the best finisher among the young players
Prithvi Shaw, who smashed a vital half-century to provide Delhi Capitals with a solid start, addressed the media reporters in the post-match press conference and reckoned that the T20 games can exert a lot of pressure sometimes. Shaw heaped praises on Pant for his brilliant knock that set up the game for Delhi last night. Shaw noted that Pant is the best finisher amongst the young players.
“In these T20 games, there’s a lot of pressure. I was praying that we win. Pant did a brilliant job. I have said that he is the best finisher among the young players. He always opens up the game for us. He has been doing very well. Unfortunately, he could not finish it for us, but Keemo did well in the end,” quoted Prithvi Shaw.
While chasing a stiff target of 163 runs, Delhi Capitals openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw started the matters in an amazing manner, blistering the Hyderabad bowlers in all parts of the ground. Shaw came out in a dazzling mood, racking up an excellent half-century off just 31 balls. The opener played an entertaining knock 56 runs that came off just 38 balls which included six fours and two sixes.
“First six overs are important because if you put runs on board, it will take the pressure off the other batsmen. It was a bit difficult to pull the ball. Since their bowlers were bowling cutters on a sticky wicket, it was not pulling. I waited and waited for the loose balls,” Shaw added.
The Delhi opener mentioned that it is very important to mark out the bowlers which can be attacked. “While you’re playing in the middle it is simple – just play your game and chose bowlers that we want to hit first and obviously (Mohammad) Nabi and Rashid (Khan) were the best bowlers on their side. It was an interesting game and I’m happy that we won,” the opener concluded.