Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant [58* off 48 balls] was a distraught man at the post-match presentation after he failed to see his team past the finishing line against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad.
Coming into bat after the fall of Steve Smith’s wicket, Rishabh Pant struggled for timing throughout the course of his innings.
With 14 required off the last six balls, Rishabh Pant struggled to get under the pin-point yorkers courtesy Mohammed Siraj and even though he stroked a couple of boundaries, it proved to be inadequate as the Royal Challengers Bangalore eked out a 1-run win.
Pant lauded Shimron Hetmyer for a near-match-winning inning by the West Indian swashbuckler. Hetmyer proved to be the best batsman of all the Delhi Capitals batsman as he peeled off a half-century off just 23 balls to bring DC back in the game.
Rishabh Pant, however, admitted that RCB got 10-15 runs too many and those extra runs came because of AB de Villiers, who smoked 23 runs off the last over bowled by Marcus Stoinis.
Pant’s call to give Marcus Stoinis the final over came under scanner but the southpaw reckoned that the reason behind giving Stonis the final over was that the spinners weren’t getting any assistance in the death.
“Feeling disappointed. I think they were 10-15 runs extra on this wicket but Hetty played a brilliant innings, because of him we got close. When we had 14 or 16 to go, we were planning that whoever has strike has to go for it. We counted the overs really well but in the end the spinners didn’t get the help we thought they would, that’s why I went with Stoinis for the last over. It’s good to take positives from all matches, as a young team we want to improve each and every day,” said Rishabh Pant in the post-match presentation.