Avesh Khan got the better of David Miller, but only after the South African had struck him for a couple of sixes on the leg-side, in a see-saw game between the Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals on Thursday at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Rishabh Pant, Capitals’ captain for IPL 2021 in absence of the injured Shreyas Iyer, also had a role to play in the Miller’s wicket.
During the 16th over of Royals’ innings, David Miller, having reached his fifty off 40 balls, was on the task to resurrect the chase after early wickets to the Delhi pacers. The left-hander, having already taken 3 boundaries of Avesh Khan earlier, slapped the bowler for consecutive sixes – both length balls on the leg-stump – over deep square leg.
Avesh Khan was under pressure; Rishabh Pant walked to him to calm him down, kept his arm over the bowler’s shoulder, and talk about the plans to bowl to Miller on the next ball.
The new plan clicked instantly: Avesh Khan went fuller – the fullest ball he bowled to Miller in the game – and faster, and shifted his line to the middle and off-stump; the ball tailed, and the South African, looking for a hat-trick of sixes, mistimed the straight slog which was taken easily by Lalit Yadav at long-on.
While Pant didn’t celebrate it animatedly, he remained impassive but must have been satisfied with the plan working to the tee terminating David Miller’s onslaught.
While Avesh Khan got rid of the dangerous Miller, however, another South African, Chris Morris, bought for INR 16.25 Crore, played a blinder to take the Royals over the line for their maiden victory this season.
The 24-year-old Madhya Pradesh pacer was the most successful Delhi bowler on the night with figures of 3/32. Kagiso Rabada and Tom Curran conceded 29 runs in the last 10 balls for Chris Morris to complete the heist.
Pant lamented the failure of execution by the bowlers, and the dew; he also thought they were 15-20 runs short of a defendable total. Delhi takes on KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings on Sunday.
Watch: Rishabh Pant’s advice helps Avesh Khan dismiss David Miller
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