Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant was a relieved man at the post-match presentation after his team returned to winning ways after losing the last match to the Rajasthan Royals courtesy of a Chris Morris masterclass.
Pant said that it was important for the Capitals to win the match given the manner in which they lost the last one and even though he admitted that he was under pressure during their bowling on what was a typical Wankhede track, the 23-year-0ld southpaw has already started enjoying captaincy.
Batting first, Punjab Kings got off to a sensational start thanks to a whirlwind 122-run-stand between Mayank Agarwal [66 off 36 balls] and KL Rahul. who once again played a pretty sedate knock of 51-ball 61 at a strike rate of 119.61.
Pant complimented his bowlers for restricting Punjab Kings to 4/195 but, in reality, it was KL Rahul’s lack of intent and the subsequent fall of wickets of Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran that hurt PBKS.
”Coming from a loss, winning the next match was important. Have already started enjoying captaincy. But we were under pressure at the start, the wicket was not doing much. Bowlers did a good job keeping them to 190,” said Rishabh Pant in the post-match presentation.
Rishabh Pant on Shikhar Dhawan’s 49-ball 92
The target of 196 proved to be a walk in the park for Delhi Capitals thanks to that man again, Shikhar Dhawa.
Dhawan, who has completely revamped himself as a T20 player in the past two overs, was at his ruthless best tonight. The veteran southpaw dapped, flicked, cut, pulled, late-cut, swivel pull his way to an imperious 49-ball 92 and by the time he got out, the game was effectively sealed.
As expected, Rishabh Pant was full of praise for his Delhi and Team India veteran opener.
”What he’s (Dhawan) giving to the team is commendable. Want to keep it light so people can enjoy their cricket,” said Pant.
Thanks to today’s win, Delhi Capitals have moved to the second spot in the IPL 2021 points table. They have won two of their three-game and their next encounter will be against defending champions Mumbai Indians in Chennai on April 20.