Shreyas Iyer, skipper of Delhi Capitals (DC), praised South African speedster Kagiso Rabada for helping the team cross the line in a thrilling match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), who went to the Super Over. Rabada was responsible for the dismissal of KXIP skipper KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran after consecutive deliveries in the Super Over, to leave DC with a meager 3 run target. The Delhi-based franchise chased the goal for 3 runs without much ado in the second game of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), giving their league campaign a strong start. Iyer called Rabada the “winning artist”, as he did
“It was hard to see the game turn in different directions. We are used to this. We had this even last season. KG is the winning artist, and the way Stoinis hit was groundbreaking. It was important for us to wickets. as it was totally small, and I knew it would be helpful if I saved KG’s for the end, “he said in the post-game presentation.
Iyer also spoke of Ravichandran Ashwin, who sustained a shoulder injury while trying to save a single from his own bowling.
Ashwin was taken off the field after only one bowling over and did not return for the remainder of the match.
“Ashwin says he will be ready for the next race, but eventually the physio will decide,” said Iyer.
KXIP skipper KL Rahul called the defeat “bittersweet” and admitted that he would take a Super Over after 10 overs.
“It’s bittersweet. If you had said at the end of 10 overs that this game is going to a Super Over, I would have taken it. It’s still our first game, so learned a lot,” said Rahul.
Rahul also praised opening partner Mayank Agarwal, whose 60-ball 89 nearly brought KXIP to the finish line.
“He (Mayank) was incredible and it was magical to get a game that close,” said Rahul.
Previously, DC posted a total of 157/8 after a nice half-century by Marcus Stoinis, after being sent to battle. KXIP was limited to the same score at the end of the second innings, meaning the game was decided via a Super Over.
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