- Match 29 - 2 May, SunMatch Ended166/6(20.0) RR 8.3
DEL167/3(20.0) RR 8.3
Delhi beat Punjab Kings by 7 wickets
- Match 28 - 2 May, SunMatch Ended220/3(20.0) RR 11
HYD165/8(20.0) RR 11
Rajasthan beat Hyderabad by 55 runs
- Match 44 - 14 May, FriUp Next
19:30 IST - Kolkata
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Vaathi, coming from the Tamil movie ‘Master’, starring actor Vijay, is a huge hit not just among cinema lovers but also among the cricket fraternity. A day after Sunrisers Hyderabad players Rashid Khan, David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar danced to the song, it was Delhi Capitals turn to have some fun. Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane and Chris Woakes had some fun shaking their legs in an amusing video posted on Pant’s Twitter.
Have a look:
Earlier, talking through a virtual call to injured captain Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting said that the team missed him, and complimented the Indian on his hairstyle. During the conversation, Ponting asked if Iyer was available to be the 12th man of the team. “Missing you, it doesn’t feel the same. Come and join us, it’s just 7 days (quarantine). It will go fast, trust me. Come on, we need a 12th man. We need someone to run the drinks for us,” Ponting said in the video shared by Delhi Capitals.
Dhawan, meanwhile, was full of praise for Rishabh Pant.
“He (Rishabh Pant) did quite well. First of all, glad that he won the toss. It was a bit of a sticky wicket, so it was good for us to bat second. He kept his calm and kept on motivating the boys,” Dhawan said during the post-match press conference.”He made good changes as well. It was his first match (as captain), so I am sure it is only going to get refined from here. He has just started and with experience, I am sure, he is only going to get better.
“The best thing about Rishabh Pant is that he stays calm. His presence of mind is quite there, which is very very good.” Asked if he gives his advice to Pant as a senior player, Dhawan said: “…of course, I give my advice to him. The youngsters, whenever they come to me to ask for batting tips or mindset things, I always share my knowledge with them.” Dhawan smashed a 54-ball 85 studded with 10 fours and two maximums and along with Prithvi Shaw (72) shared a 138-run opening stand as Delhi chased down 189 with eight balls to spare.
On his sweep shots against the pacers, Dhawan said: “I started practicing it at the nets and then introduced it in the game. We have to play according to the field set. I knew Chennai keeps square leg and fine leg inside the 30-yard circle and keep covers behind for me. I knew their bowling plans, that they will bowl more yorkers to me. So just tried to use their pace and put the ball over the square leg.”
Dhawan was dropped after the first T20I against England in the recently-concluded series but made a comeback in the ODIs, scoring 98 and 67 in the first and third games. “There is no change in my approach or anything. I have been playing like this for a long time now. If you have watched me batting last IPL or even before that I have batted with a good strike-rate,” he said, regarding the changes to his approach. “I am happy how I am going, been much more consistent and of course I will look to improve where ever I can and I am enjoying my game.
“I’m refining my skills and playing aggressive cricket and I will continue with this mindset and you will see me playing with the same way and this version of the game demands that,” he added. The 35-year-old said the team will look to carry the momentum in the coming matches.
“I am happy it was a good performance. It was a good start for us, the whole team did well, Prithvi batted well and bowlers bowled well. Now we have to keep refining it and maintain it, that is the aim,” he said. Delhi will next play Rajasthan Royals on April 15 in Mumbai.
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