Delhi Capitals (DC) captain Rishabh Pant insisted that the batting lineup couldn’t put enough runs on the board against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the DY Patil Stadium on Thursday.
Batting first, DC put up 149/3 on the board but it wasn’t enough. They began brilliantly, with Prithvi Shaw scoring more than 90% of the team’s runs before being dismissed for 61 off just 34 balls.
Once he fell, the runs dried up at both ends and the middle-overs strangle began. The spinners kept the batters quiet and ensured that the shackles remained in place. Pant and Sarfaraz Khan managed to break free at the end but the total wasn’t match-winning by any means.
“When the dew is like that you can’t be complaining, as a batting unit we were 10-15 short, at the end Avesh and Holder pulled it back, credit to them. We were talking about giving 100% till the last ball of the 40th over, no matter what happens [on his chat to the team before the start of the 2nd innings].”
“The powerplay was fine, we didn’t get any wicket, our spin attack did well in the middle overs but in the end, we were 10-15 short,” Pant said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Eventually, LSG chased it down in the final over. Quinton de Kock played a fluent 52-ball 80 which proved to be the difference-maker between the two teams. With the win, LSG now moves to second place on the points table with 3 wins in four matches.
As for DC, they remain in seventh place with one win in three games. Ahead of their next game, they have quite a few issues to sort out.
DC – 149/3 in 20 overs
LSG – 155/4 in 19.4 overs