The IPL 2021 served another last-over finish as the Rajasthan Royals beat Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals by three wickets at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on Thursday night. The 23-year-old wicket-keeper is leading the side for the first time in the IPL in the absence of the injured Shreyas Iyer.
Rishabh Pant led Delhi to victory against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) last week; however, the team fell short in their second outing. Nonetheless, Rishabh Pant, the ever-chirpy keeper, made a cheeky remark on Thursday, not to any player with the umpire this time.
During the 7th over of the Royals’ chase, bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin, Pant was caught on the stump-mic making a note to the umpire that he is one causing a delay when the umpire, Sundaram Ravi, halted the off-spinner in his run-up to check for the fielders inside the 30-yard circle. This left the commentators at the time, Harsha Bhogle and Sunil Gavaskar, chuckling at the keeper’s witty remark.
“That’s 1 minute being taken by you, umpire,” Rishabh Pant told the on-field umpire.
Bhogle was quick to point out that made the umpire took note of the time delay lest getting fined for slow over-rate. The governing council has set stricter time restrictions for IPL 2021 to prevent matches from lingering to midnight.
In the revised playing conditions, according to Cricbuzz, the BCCI said the 20th over must be finished in 90 minutes. Previously, the 20th over was to start by the 90th minute. CSK captain, MS Dhoni was fined Rs 12 lakhs for maintaining a slow-over rate versus Delhi.
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Bowlers did a good job at the start, but we let them get over us in the end: Rishabh Pant
The skipper dragged the Capitals’ total to 147 after the Rajasthan pacers had them down at 37/4. While defending the Delhi pacers struck with a blow of their own with Sanju Samson’s side reeling at 42-5.
However, the Capitals let the match slip as David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, and in the end, Chris Morris hauled the Royals for their first win this season. Rishabh Pant, who knocked a mature fifty, lamented the execution of the bowlers in the death; he also felt that the dew has a role to play in the bowlers missing their lengths. They take on Punjab Kings on Sunday.
“The bowlers did a good job at the start, but we let them get over us in the end. We could have bowled a bit better. It’s part and parcel of the game and dew played a big role in the end. We were 15-20 runs short. But at least there is something to gain from this match, the bowlers did a great job at the start.
“Hopefully if something like this happens we can pull it off. In the second innings, there was much more dew, so the slower ball wasn’t stopping. So we had to something in the second innings,” Rishabh Pant said.