Former Australian leg-spinner Brad Hogg indicated that the Delhi Capitals (DC) franchise showed signs of panic in the Qualifier 1 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai on Sunday. They opted to go in with 6 frontline bowlers after the heartbreaking defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match No. 56.
Making such drastic changes in a game as important as the playoffs is a sure-shot sign of panic, as per Hogg. Having only five specialist batsmen in their ranks, DC promoted Axar Patel up to No.4 which proved to be a failure.
“Delhi Capitals going in with 6 front line bowlers rather than the extra specialist batter was a big change-up for the finals. Signs of panic,” Hogg wrote on his Twitter account.
Dot balls in the powerplay when Shreyas Iyer batted was the turning point, felt Brad Hogg
After being put in to bat first, Delhi started quite well. Prithvi Shaw, in particular, made the most of his luck on the night. He had quite a few edges falling in no man’s land but also had some excellent shots during his 60-run knock.
Prior to that, after Shikhar Dhawan fell to Josh Hazlewood, Shreyas Iyer walked in at No.3. He was completely clueless against the Aussie quick and ended up playing a string of dot balls in the powerplay. He eventually perished for 1 off 8 balls and this was the turning point, as per Hogg.
“Iyer v Hazlewood was the turning point in the match & [dot] balls in a PP is crucial in the UAE,” Hogg tweeted after the match.
CSK defeated DC by 4 wickets to enter the IPL 2021 final. KKR will take on RCB in the Eliminator tonight which will decide the opponents for DC in Qualifier 2.