Needing 155 to win, Delhi Capitals got off to a blazing start thanks to Shaw, who took apart the Knight Riders bowling unit, especially Shivam Mavi, to all corners of the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Shaw started off by creaming Mavi for six fours in the first over and that set the tone for what a pristine yet ruthless display of batting by the diminutive opener.
With Delhi Capitals racing their way to 0/71 in just seven overs at the time of first Time-Out, Rishabh Pant revealed that he was just urging Prithvi Shaw to play his normal game.
Delhi Capitals lost a few wickets in the end but that was down to the likes of Shaw and Pant trying to get the job done as quickly as possible.
Marcus Stoinis eventually got the job done in the 17th over and Rishabh Pant revealed that the reason behind their approach was that they were looking to improve their net run-rate.
”I was just telling Shaw to play the normal game. In the end, we were trying to get the run-rate up. Yeah, in these kind of matches, we can afford to think about net run-rate because the match was done by the 12-13th over.” said Rishabh Pant.
Rishabh Pant also heaped high praise on Lalit Yadav, who claimed two crucial wickets during the middle-overs to get Kolkata Knight Riders back.
The Delhi Capitals asserted that Yadav is an all-rounder, someone who hasn’t got many opportunities. The 2020 runners-up endured a heartbreaking one-run defeat in the last match. When asked about how he and his team copped with it, Rishabh Pant turned into MS Dhoni and said that his message to the team was to keep on focussing on the process without bothering too much about the result.
“We just tell everyone to enjoy the cricket and do what they can best. I think Lalit is an allrounder. He hasn’t got enough chances with the bat. Last match we lost by just one run. We just told not to change our process. If you trust the process, you get the result,” signed off Rishabh Pant.