Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant said that the biggest learning for his team after their six-wicket defeat against defending champions Mumbai Indians is that the key to nailing down targets on the Chepauk track is to take the game deep.
And, that is exactly what the Capitals did during their run-chase of 138. Shikhar Dhawan once again led the way by scoring a 42-ball 45 before young Lalit Yadav’s mature [22* off 25 balls] and Hetmyer’s rapid cameo in which he peeled of 14 off nine balls.
Rishabh Pant was full of praise for the young Yadav, who showed remarkable maturity in the end by playing the perfect situation game. With the gap between the number of balls and the remaining runs not significant, Yadav rotated the strike brilliantly besides scoring an occasional boundary. Pant said that the Delhi Capitals are grooming the young talent and that was perfectly reflected in them promoting Yadav ahead of the wicketkeeper-batsman.
But, unarguably, the match-impacting performance for the Delhi Capitals came from Amit Mishra. The second-highest wicket-taker in IPL history, Amit Mishra knocked over the cream of Mumbai Indians’ batting unit by claiming 4/24. And, Rishabh Pant was full of praise for the veteran leggie.
”When we started we were little under pressure. Mishy bhai got us into the game. Bowlers did a great job to restrict them to 136. We like to talk it into the ground, take one match at a time. He’s a great Indian player we’re trying to groom (Lalit Yadav). Can do wonders on pitches like these. What we’ve learnt is if you keep wickets in hand you can chase any target,” said Rishabh Pant in the post-match presentation.
Thanks to their six-wicket win, Delhi Capitals have broken their four-match losing streak against Mumbai Indians and have claimed three wins in four matches.