Rishabh Pant was deeply impressed by Avesh Khan, whose 3/15 laid the groundwork for Delhi Capitals’ victory over the Mumbai Indians on Saturday, October 2 in Sharjah. The speedster is currently the second highest wicket taker in IPL 2021, taking 21 wickets from 12 matches at an average of 15.
The Delhi Capitals bowlers opted for a slow and slow ground in Sharjah this season. Quinton de Kock (19) and Suryakumar Yadav (33) got to work, but the lack of substantial partnerships meant the DC was always ahead of the game.
The bowlers kept MI on the hunt while defending a low score, but that wasn’t enough as Shreyas Iyer managed to take his side home with a well-made unbeaten 33.
Skipper Rishabh Pant, who scored a crucial 22-ball 26, looked back on a hard-fought victory.
“In Sharjah, the wicket is always different. Yes, it’s a hard-fought win. We intended to bowl mainly the fast bowlers in the power play. Easier for the spinner in these lanes. I kept one left over from Ashwin to help him keep away from Pollard and Hardik,” Pant said after DC’s win.
The skipper praised Avesh Khan, who is currently the second highest wicket taker of the season.
“Avesh is the find of the season for us. At Delhi Capitals, we learn from our mistakes and pick it up. We need to strengthen our clout. Stoinis should be fine in a few days, and that’s good for us. You can’t always go for it, but someone has to be aggressive in the power play,” he added.
Previously, it was Axar who dealt crucial blows in the middle overs of the MI innings, leaving Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary to tighten the screws on the batting. The all-rounder was extremely pleased with his overall effort and thought about De Kock’s wicket that gave his side an opening.
“I can read the batter more easily and plan better,” Axar said when he received the Player of the Match award. “If I can think about what the batter does and deny him the ideal ball, I can be more successful. (On the Kock’s wicket) I thought he was going for the slog sweep or through cover. That’s why I hung it there for him to hit. I think there’s no need to experiment if some of the simple things work better.”
The Capitals will take on the Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Monday, October 4.
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