Axar Patel: “It was a bit sticky when our spinner bowled in the Powerplay. When I bowled as well, the ball was gripping a bit. (On his parsimonious bowling) I am Gujarati, no. That’s why I didn’t give runs. I just wanted to bowl to my strengths. My favorite wicket was getting the in-form batter (Livingstone) stumped. When we got to the ground, Ricky just said let’s focus on what’s happening on the ground. Who knows where and when someone gets a positive result. This should be an easy target to chase.”
Mayank Agarwal: it is a tough one. We did not bat or bowl well, we have to put this behind us. Losing too many wickets too early, but I do not want to dig too deep as the more we do it, the more the negatives that will come. 180 was a decent score but we were well short of that. In hindsight, I could have given the spinners an over or two but did not at the time.
David Warner, 60* (30): The bowlers did a fantastic job to make ours easier. We had to go big in the powerplay. Credit to our bowlers for getting them out. (On being over the run rate) Was grateful to have gotten to play the game. The form is temporary and the class is permanent, I was just trying to be positive and am happy to have played with Shaw. The kids just want to know why I cannot get a hundred, and why I cannot do it like Jos, who is hitting sixes as well.
Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings Highlights today, Tuesday 19-4-2022. 31st Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Rishabh Pant: “There was a lot of confusion because we learned of the positive test in the morning. We were a bit nervous and there were talks of the game getting canceled. But we spoke as a team that we must purely focus on the match. (On Warner and Shaw) Mostly I like to leave them alone because they know their roles. Delhi Capitals has to go through every game. Results are not in our control, but we have to give everything in our games. On a wicket like this, after one or two overs, I saw the ball was stopping a bit and I thought I should use more spin. I thought 150 would be a good enough score to stop them at.”
Toss: DC won and chose to bat second.
Delhi Capitals have made one change: Mitchell Marsh makes way for Sarfaraz Khan. It is a forced change as he has been diagnosed with Covid.
Punjab Kings have made two changes: Nathan Ellis comes in for Odean Smith and Mayank Agarwal returns in place of Prabhsimran Singh.
Delhi Capitals team: Prithvi, Warner, Sarfaraz, Pant (c)†, Powell, Lalit, Shardul,
Axar, Kuldeep, Mustafizur, Khaleel.
Punjab Kings team: Mayank, Dhawan, Bairstow, Livingstone, Sharma †, Shahrukh, Rabada, Ellis, Chahar, Arshdeep, Vaibhav.
Kuldeep Yadav is the Player of the Match: “Thank you, but I think the Player of the Match should be shared with Axar Patel because he took some valuable wickets in the middle overs. I have played with KG (Rabada) a lot and he rarely uses his feet, which is why I decided to give him the wrong ‘un. Rishabh told me to go round the wicket for the second wicket. I just decided to keep the pitch full and that’s how that wicket fell.
Through this IPL, I have been quite confident and mentally clear about what needs to be done. When I err in length, I am not perturbed by it. If my length is good, then I can slip in the wrong ‘un and the flipper. I don’t see videos at all at this point in time, because I have played against all of these batters. I am just focusing on how I feel. I am enjoying my bowling after a long time, and a lot of credit should go to Rishabh for the way that he backs us, bowlers, even when we go for runs. That’s a huge positive for us bowlers.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 29
DC Won: 14
PBKS Won: 15
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Rod Tucker, Tapan Sharma
TV Umpires – Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee – Shakti Singh
Reserve Umpire – Rohan Pandit
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 32nd Match