New Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) cricketer Prithvi Shaw revealed the reason behind skipper Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan went to open the batting during Sunday’s Super Over encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Speaking at the post-match interview, Shaw said that the main reason why Pant and Dhawan opened the batting for DC in the Super Over was because Rashid Khan was bowling the six crucial deliveries for SRH.
“It was a good wicket in the first six overs and then it slowed down, but it was fine. I felt the wicket was behaving a bit slower, the spinners were bowling well. 160 was good enough to defend, but a close game. I am just doing all those stuff I have worked with. It’s helping me right now, so I think I should continue that,” Shaw told the host broadcaster.
“I didn’t think about it (Super Over) but Williamson played fantastic. He played a really good knock. Axar bowled really well in the Super Over. I wasn’t there, I knew Shikhar bhai and Pant would go for sure because Rashid was going to bowl for sure. So, they wanted Pant and Shikhi to go and hit,” he added.
SRH’s inept middle-order show foiled their splendid bowling effort as they slumped to yet another in Indian Premier League (IPL), losing Sunday’s contest against Delhi Capitals via Super Over.
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Rashid Khan and Jagadeesha Suchith’s tight spells had restricted the Capitals to 159 for four despite a quick 81-run stand between openers Prithvi Shaw (53) and Shikhar Dhawan (28).
However, the men in orange’s over-reliance on their top-order batsmen meant that once skipper David Warner (6) and Jonny Bairstow (38) were dismissed, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was left to anchor the sinking ship.
With Capitals packed with proven performers, it was not possible for Williamson (66 not out) to do the job without support from other end. His fighting knock was not enough to take the side home.
However, timely hits from Suchith (15 off 6) helped SRH tie the scores and take it to the Super Over. SRH managed just one boundary, setting an easy nine-run target for Capitals who knocked off the required runs despite Rashid’s brillance.