“We Are Happy To Start The Second Phase This Way” -Rishabh Pant

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IPL Rishabh Pant
IPL Rishabh Pant

The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has started with a bang. The 33rd match between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad has seen some great action as well where Rishabh Pant and Co. successfully registered a win.

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to bat first where they could manage to put up 134 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Abdul Samad top-scored with 28. While chasing, Shikhar Dhawan scored 42. Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten at 47 whereas Rishabh Pant scored 35* and took the team home with more than 2 overs in hand.

After the win, Anrich Nortje, who won the Man of the Match award, said, “Missing out in the first half was disappointing. It was good to have a good start to the tournament for me. Looking at the first game here, it was good to see some grass and then yesterday’s big score – didn’t know what to expect. It was good to keep things simple in the end. Was really happy that I managed to take that early wicket (of Warner). I don’t really focus on who I’m getting out, but I’m happy I contributed to the team’s win.”

Shikhar Dhawan, who won the Orange Cap, said: “I’m enjoying wearing the cap, I’m enjoying the way I’m timing the ball. Not very true, this surface, it stopped a bit, and we had to plan the game according to the wicket. So it was good to go out there and secure a win. I consciously made an effort to increase the tempo and strike-rate, because I wanted to be an impacful player for my side. It was just about the execution. Rabada and Nortje are our gun bowlers. Rabada always gets us the wicket. Nortje has great pace and his game has improved too, so they are troubling the batsmen. Absolutely enjoying being at the top of the table.”

The winning captain, Rishabh Pant was satisfied with his team’s win. He said, “We discussed that we had a good first phase, and we are happy to start the second phase this way. We said the same thing about focusing on the process and giving it 100% every day. It’s a good bowling performance because we thought 150-160 would have been a good total, so 130-something was a good score to restrict them to. We have one of the quickest bowlers in the world so I think they’re great assets to have.”

“We need to concentrate on the way we play and try to improve” – Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson-Aakash Chopra
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Kane Williamson, after losing the game, said, “We didn’t start well, didn’t register a decent partnership but never got any momentum, some good scores in the back-end, but pretty much 25-30 runs short. We did bowl well, we have defended modest scores in the past, but it wasn’t to be today which was a bit of a shame. It’s been a difficult campaign so far, but we need to enjoy our cricket and don’t put ourselves under pressure – they were excellent, they are both quality internationals, two of the best fast bowlers going around at the moment and they put us under pressure. They got us into hard positions, perhaps if we hadn’t lost early wickets, we could have done differently, but Delhi were outstanding and played some smart cricket. We need to concentrate on the way we play and try to improve.”

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