After experiencing a fabulous season where they promised a lot, the Delhi Capitals (DC) capped off its run in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a disappointing 6-wicket the Qualifier 2 on Friday. The CSK bowlers displayed sensational combined efforts to limit the Delhi batsmen, however, they still somehow managed to put forward a respectable first innings total on the board.
However, then in the second innings, the two CSK openers, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson, struck sublime form and stole the show with remarkable knocks, which brought the CSK team towards the victory doorsteps. Then Ambati Rayudu finished off the formalities to power CSK to their eight IPL finals.
We didn’t have as many runs as we expected says Shreyas Iyer
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the Delhi batsmen had a struggling stay at the crease and none of them failed to contribute with significant knocks. They got reduced to 37 for 2 after 5.2 overs and then kept on losing wickets on regular basis and thereby managing to reach a total of 147 runs.
Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer mentioned that he initially reckoned that the Vizag wicket would suit them as they had played the Eliminator against SRH at the same venue. He noted that none of his batsmen took the responsibility to bat through the innings.
“We didn’t have as many runs as we expected. Had a disappointing start in the Powerplay and we knew that they have good spinners, so it got tough. We thought the wicket would help us as we played a game already over here but none of the batsmen took the responsibility to bat through. There were no partnerships. Good learning for us,” quoted Shreyas Iyer during the post-match press conference.
Home games didn’t go well for us
Delhi team didn’t enjoy much of success at the home venue, Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. Iyer also admitted to the fact that home games didn’t went well for them. He noted that the pitches cannot be blamed as they all are professional cricketers.
“It’s something to think about. Home games didn’t go that well for us. We can’t complain though. Have practised a lot for such surfaces but preparing at Delhi on those tracks are risky due to uneven bounce. Can’t blame pitches at the end of the day because we were professional cricketers,” Iyer added.
While talking about the support this season, Iyer said, “As captain, I am glad about the support of the owners and the management. There is pressure as you have to be involved in lot of decisions. Totally proud of my team, we did really well to come this far. Been a dream season for us and this is just a start. Time to grow further.”