Rovman Powell David Warner
Rovman Powell David Warner. Image: BCCI/IPL

Delhi Capitals all-rounder Rovman Powell revealed about the promotion in the team batting order during the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) clash on Thursday. Delhi Capitals defeated SRH by 21 runs at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Powell scored 35-ball 67, including three boundaries and four sixes, at a staggering strike rate of 191.43. The Jamaican power-hitter was involved in an inseparable 122-run stand with opener David Warner, who blazed 92 off 58 deliveries. Powell clobbered 18 runs – one six and three fours – off SRH pace sensational Umran Malik in the final over to cruise Capitals’ score at 207/3.

Rovman Powell
Rovman Powell. Image: BCCI/IPL

DC vs SRH: Rishabh Pant asked me where I wanted to bat: Rovman Powell

The West Indies all-rounder started his maiden IPL season batting at No.6, then twice came in to bat at No. 5 but again was pushed down to No.6. He also batted at No.8 in the match against Rajasthan Royals, where he smashed three sixes to compatriot Obed McCoy in the final over but ended up in a losing cause.

After discussion with skipper Rishabh Pant, Powell was once again promoted to No.5 in the Capitals’ batting order.

“I had a conversation with Pant a few days back in the hotel room, he asked me where I wanted to bat, I just asked him to have trust in me. I have improved my game against the spinners as well as the pacers, want to give myself a chance, play some 10-15 balls and then play the shots,” Powell told official broadcasters after his phenomenal innings against SRH. 

“I came to the IPL knowing that I’m in good form, knowing that I’ve done a lot of work,” he added.

DC vs SRH: Why did David Warner miss a hundred against Sunrisers Hyderabad?: Rovman Powell explains

Ahead of the final over, Warner was batting on 92 and was a couple of shots shy of his fifth IPL hundred. However, the Australian turned down the opportunity to score a century against his former IPL franchise and asked Powell to score maximum runs.

David Warner, Rovman Powell
David Warner, Rovman Powell. (Photo: IPL)

“I got winded at the end. I asked David Warner if I should get a single to allow his 100 but he told me, ‘that’s not how the game is played’, and told me to go big,” Powell said about his conversations with Warner prior to the final over. 

With the 21-run win against SRH, the Capitals moved up to the fifth position with 10 points in as many games while SRH slipped to the sixth spot with the same points but an inferior net run rate (+0.325).

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