Mumbai Indians’ keeper-batsman Quinton De Kock finally struck form in IPL 2021, as his match-winning unbeaten fifty scripted a seven-wicket win for his side against the Rajasthan Royals in Delhi. Quinton De Kock’s 63-run stand with Krunal Pandya was the bedrock of their 172-worth run-chase. The southpaw remarked that the Delhi wicket is a far better one than they encountered in Chennai.
Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal started briskly for the Rajasthan Royals, threading a 66-run opening stand. Rahul Chahar sent the openers back; however, Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube were timing the ball exceptionally well. The duo kept their side on track for a 190-plus total; however, Mumbai Indians’ esteemed bowling attack came back well at the back end. They conceded only 50 runs in the last seven overs to limit them to 172 as none of the Royals’ batsmen reached a half-century.
Even though Rohit Sharma perished relatively early, Mumbai Indians got off to an assured start. Quinton De Kock and Suryakumar Yadav kept the scoreboard ticking before the latter departed for 16. Krunal Pandya yielded rich dividends as he was promoted to number four, contributing 39 off 22 balls. Before that, the keeper-batsman raised his half-century in 35 balls and took Mumbai home along with Kieron Pollard.
I just came out and tried to be positive: Quinton De Kock
Quinton De Kock started off by highlighting that the Delhi wicket was far better than the one in Chennai and they concentrated on staying positive throughout. The former South African feels delighted to get the team to victory by remaining till the end as he does not do it often. Having discussed with the coach before the innings, the openers began aggressively and De Kock thinks it played a massive part in their win.
“To be totally honest it’s a better wicket than Chennai in general, it just came on better. We spoke about it, the coach and Rohit did ask us to come out and be positive today and that’s what we did. Enjoyed getting the team to the end, I don’t do that often. I just came out and tried to be positive, that’s what the coach said and I said sign me up, I want to be positive. There’s a way of going about it. Obviously I’ve played enough to know how to go about it,” De Kock told in the post-match presentation.