IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant savors his ‘birthday gift’, MS Dhoni’s big win over CSK

Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant on Monday (October 4) said that the three-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings was an ‘absolutely big win’ as they look to finish in the top-two of the Indian Premier League play-offs. . IPL) 2021. Chasing a modest target of 137 runs, DC took a win over CSK with two balls to spare, the day their captain Pant turned 24.

“Birthday gifts aren’t bad, but in the end we made it hard for ourselves. In the end if we win then everything is fine,” Pant said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Prithvi Shaw hit some boundaries before Shikhar Dhawan took over. However, DC needs Shimron Hetmyer (28 not out) A low-scoring game, for the team to watch closely. “Prithvi got us off to a good start… We were always chasing the target as it was a low score. Shikhar got off to a good start… Absolutely big win, and want to make sure we finish in the top two. “

Asked about promoting Ravichandran Ashwin at No. 6, Pant said it was done only to maintain the left-right combination.

CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni found the pitch to be two-sided but was happy that his team was able to make the match out of it. “We were looking to get close to 150. After losing a few wickets – and after about 15-16 overs – we were looking good. Shots were played… and if it came down to eight or ten balls Had it been, it could have made a difference. It’s a two-pace wicket – some balls come to you and some don’t,” Dhoni said.

“It’s not a quiet wicket where you can play your shots. I felt the tall bowlers where they were moving. It was a very good effort (by the bowlers). But it was important not to give too many runs in the first six overs.”

Axar Patel was adjudged man of the match for his excellent bowling figures of 2/18. “It is difficult to assess the length and the line, and the speed of the ball (on such pitches). I thought he scored five or ten runs short in the powerplays,” Patel said.

When asked about Hetmyer staying in the middle, Patel said, “Hetmyer and I were discussing whether they would bowl wide yorkers according to their zone. Batting is going to give you a confidence boost, especially since we will go into the playoffs. That confidence helps you later.”

Hetmyer, who remained unbeaten on 28 off 18 balls, said he gets paid to finish the game. “It is very important for me to finish the game. I tell people that I get paid for it and I try to finish as many games as possible,” he said.

He got a life at 12 and asked about it, Guyana said, “I thought I was out, and the guy remembered it and I was grateful. It was just a matter of hitting the ball. 19th over that was Where I thought I would try and hit a six and bring it down as far as I could.

“I had enough practice against Bravo in the CPL. I knew he would go wide with the ground he had and I wanted to go straight against him. It paid off twice. “

After dismissing veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for 12 in the 18th over, Hetmyer scored 10 runs in the 19th over bowled by Josh Hazlewood.

(with PTI input)

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