GT vs DC: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting wants the Capitals to improve their batting in the powerplay.
Delhi Capitals have struggled in the powerplay in both their games so far. In their first game against Mumbai Indians, they were reduced to 46-3 in the powerplay, and against Gujarat Titans, they were reduced to 43-3 inside the 6 overs.
Ricky Ponting Wants Good Starts In the Powerplay
In the first game against MI, Tim Seifert started well but he got out to Murugan Ashwin and in the very same over Mandeep Singh too lost his wicket.
It was the lower middle order of Delhi that completed a come-from-behind victory against MI. The likes of Lalit Yadav, Shardul Thakur, and Axar Patel contributed with the bat to take DC over the line.
After the game against GT where DC lost control in the PP itself, Ponting said, “Unfortunately for us, for the second game in a row, it was three wickets in the powerplay and been behind the eight-ball early,” he started. “I thought the way Hardik used Lockie was quite smart tonight. He used him as a strike bowler and it didn’t really surprise me with the way he bowled. We had talked about him on how he will run in and hit the wicket, used his short ball really well and picked up four wickets. A few too many soft dismissals from our batters and we weren’t able to get the job done.”
He further added: “We did have the game in hand but if you lose three wickets in the powerplay, it’s really hard to win games. That’s certainly one area we need to get better at. Getting through that powerplay none or one down would be a nice start to the run chase.”
Ponting was also upset with Prithvi Shaw who has now been dismissed on short balls two times in a row. Ponting said that he would talk to Shaw regarding that.
Ponting also gave an update on Anrich Nortje and Mitchell Marsh. He hopes that both of them would be available soon.