IPL 2018: Plan Was to Stay Away from MS Dhoni's Strong Hitting Zone, Says Delhi's Harshal Patel

    Cricketnext Staff | Updated: May 19, 2018, 9:29 AM IST
    IPL 2018: Plan Was to Stay Away from MS Dhoni's Strong Hitting Zone, Says Delhi's Harshal Patel

    Delhi Daredevils Harshal Patel (Image: BCCI)

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    It is a little too late in the tournament for the Delhi Daredevils, but a 34-run win against a formidable Chennai Super Kings will count as one of the highlights for the side in the current IPL season. Delhi Daredevils all-rounder and Man-of-the-match Harshal Patel praised teammate Vijay Shankar’s quickfire cameo in the final overs and called it a special performance towards the end of the innings. Shankar scored 36 off 16 balls with Dwayne Bravo going for four sixes in that in the final over.

    “We had a strategic timeout in the 16th over and we decided if we can get 140, it can be a fighting total. And we can still get them out early and win a game. But the way Vijay and I batted in the last three overs was really special,” the 27-year old said.

    Thanks to some lusty shots in the final three overs, Delhi managed to post 162/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Patel who bowled well during the CSK innings too gave away only 23 runs and took the crucial wicket of Ambati Rayudu.

    Patel also noted that the pitch was on the slower side and did not improve in the second innings. “Even in the second innings when the dew came on, the wicket didn’t get a lot better, which it did in the last two games. So it was not coming onto bat. We decided that in the last two games, we had bowled too full. So we decided we don’t want to repeat that mistake, but stick to what we do best and hope for the best,” he said.

    In response, CSK managed only 128/6 in their 20 overs, and failed to complete the win. Patel said that Delhi decided to stick to their plans. “I think defending on this ground is always difficult. But at the same time, if you have your plans and if you can stick to it, more often than not, you’re going to succeed. 160 [162] was not a winning total, but we knew that if we show good energy, stick to our plans and field well, we have a good chance of winning,” he said.

    Speaking about the MS Dhoni, Patel said that his side had plans to bowl slow and wide to the CSK skipper so that he does not get a good swing at it. “I mean we all knew what he can do and we knew what his strong zones were. So the plan was not to get hit in his strong zone. We wanted him to hit in areas where he is not really comfortable. So we came up with a plan [and that was] to bowl slow and wide and executed it really well,” he said.

    Delhi Daredevils play the Mumbai Indians in their final game of the season on Sunday.
    First Published: May 19, 2018, 9:22 AM IST
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