The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) pulled off a spectacular two-2wicket victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator clash of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 edition in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. This was the first win in the playoffs of the IPL for the Delhi-based franchisee. Delhi Capitals will now face the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Qualifier 2 on May 10 (Friday) in Visakhapatnam and the winner of this will clash will meet Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Grand Finale of VIVO IPL 2019 on Sunday.
It will be a challenge for us
These two teams have met each other twice earlier in this tournament and on both the occasions, Chennai Super Kings emerged victorious by comprehensive margins. During the post-match press conference after the Eliminator, Delhi Capitals’ opener Prithvi Shaw, who smashed a vital 56-run knock, revealed that his team are up for the challenge to battle out CSK in the penultimate clash. Shaw mentioned that since the opposition has some quality bowlers in the ranks along with the loads of experience, they will have to make their plans accordingly.
“We know that we have not won against CSK this year, but we start tomorrow’s match with a clean slate. It will be a challenge for us, but we are raring to go. They do have some amazing bowlers, both faster ones and spinners, along with a lot of experience, so we need to go back to the drawing board and plan accordingly, but we are very confident of doing well tomorrow,” said Prithvi Shaw after the match against SRH.
Shaw further mentioned that he does not like to focus on the opposition. He reckoned that it is more important to prepare in the best way possible to take on any other team. “We do not really focus on who we are playing, but instead we look to prepare ourselves in the best way possible to face any team. It is about our preparation, and it has been fantastic this season, so I am really looking forward to playing CSK again tomorrow, and hopefully secure our place in the final,” he added.
In 15 games played thus far, Shaw has managed to rack up a total of 348 runs at an average of 23.20 including a highest score of 99 against Kolkata Knight Riders. These numbers certainly don’t go in with the pedigree and talent of Shaw. He has struggled to score comfortably in the powerplay overs but the team management has showed immense faith in the youngster.
“I think when you are not scoring the runs, IPL is a format where you need to get the form back as quickly as possible. I believe that preparation is the best thing to do, and I prepared well for this match. I wasn’t scoring well before, especially in the Powerplay overs, but the team continued to believe in me and I am very thankful to them for showing faith in me when I wasn’t doing well,” Shaw concluded.