Delhi Capitals registered a convincing six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals here on Monday while chasing target of 193 runs. Pant played a splendid knock of 78 runs off 36 balls which included 4 sixes and 6 fours. He successfully guided Delhi to its seventh victory at RR home ground, Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur.
In post match presentation Prithvi Shaw said that his team was confident of chasing down the total.”Definitely, there was a plan. We knew in the power-play there will be at least one spinner bowling and Shikhar bhai was batting so well in the power-play, he was in a good flow. Then Jofra Archer, we knew he depends more on short balls and bouncers, so we were prepared.”
Shaw said he kept a measured approach as compared to Shikhar Dhawan who was batting brilliantly at the other end. Dhawan scored 54 runs in just 27 balls giving DC a magnificent start. On other end, prithvi shaw added 42 runs for the opening wicket partnership of 72 runs with dhawan in only 7.3 overs.
On his own inning, Shaw said
“I had not slowed down. It makes sense if someone is going better than you in the power-play like Shikhi (Dhawan) bhai has done, I can’t just go out and smash every ball. I have to be mentally prepared as well to play that sort of innings. When Dhawan was hitting the way he was, I thought I should take the game deep because in case he got out, one set batsman should be there to take the game deep. And that’s what happened, he and Shreyas Iyer, both were dismissed in quick succession. But I was confident that if I took the game deep, I would be able to do the job.”
He also credited their victories to mentors Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Kaif for their valuable inputs and said, “With seniors like Sourav sir, Ricky sir, Kaif sir around, the body language changes. There are few youngsters like me, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra but we are never made to feel that we were inexperienced, instead we are always kept in the same group with the seniors, on and off the field. Sourav sir even chills with us when we don’t have practice. We go for dinners together. So there is a very strong bonding.”
Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw believes his team-mate Rishabh Pant is the biggest finisher in T20 cricket at the moment. “Rishabh Pant is the biggest finisher of the game in T20s right now, especially for our team,” he said at the post-match press conference.
Delhi will now host Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday.