Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting complained that his bowlers were miles away in the death overs against Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 and that they have to dig “deep” as a team to make it to the IPL final. Delhi will have another chance to make it to the title fight in the qualifying game on Sunday after being outplayed by Mumbai on Thursday night. “It was mainly the execution during our first few overs, the first one went over before 15-16, so you’re almost right there on the back foot. We fought our way back into the game. We crawled back, sort of. of 7-14 (overs) were in our favor, they were only about 120/4, so we were hoping for 170 in total, which might have been in our ballpark, ”Ponting said at the post-game press conference.
Delhi eventually leaked 78 runs in the last five overs. “… Our execution in the last four to five overs was miles from where we needed it. We continuously gave Hardik Pandya where he wants the ball, even Ishan Kishan stayed away from us and he played well in all. matches we’ve played against MI so far this season. “
“We felt we had planned very well. Our meetings were as clear and concise as they were during the tournament, but under pressure, our execution was miles away today,” he complained. He said that Delhi’s way of managing the bowlers was right and that it was again the execution that let them down.
“We saw tonight with Hardik’s little cameo, we can see how the game can change if you don’t get it right or if you expose someone who doesn’t have the right skill to bowl in the death overs.
“So, look at how we managed the overs, was good, only the execution let us down,” he added. Ponting admitted that Mumbai played them out.
“When you look at the layoffs, Prithvi (Shaw) looked like he had a good ball. Ajinkya (Rahane) also got one that waved back nicely and the execution from Bumrah’s yorker to Shikhar (Dhawan) was absolutely top-notch. They performed better. than us, as simple as that, through the game with all aspects of the game, they were better than us and they beat us. Three wins they had over us in the tournament so far, “he said.
According to Ponting, they must find ways to improve as a group. “We have a few days before our next challenge and we’ll wait and see who our opponents will be tomorrow. As a group we have to dig really deep and find ways to get better in a short period of time,” added the former Australian captain. .
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