Updated April 21st, 2024 at 09:36 IST

'I thought if we could...': Rishabh Pant discloses key factor behind DC's loss to SRH

Rishabh Pant delves into the pivotal factor contributing to DC's defeat against SRH, focusing on strategic insights that impacted the match outcome.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Rishabh Pant | Image:BCCI/IPL
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 In Saturday's IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Capitals (DC), SRH posted a formidable total of 266/7 in their 20 overs, with standout performances by Travis Head scoring 89 runs off 32 balls and Kuldeep Yadav taking 4 wickets for 55 runs. DC, in response, fell short, managing only 199 runs in 19.1 overs. SRH emerged victorious by 67 runs, with T. Natarajan taking 4 wickets for 19 runs. The match highlights were condensed into an interesting game, showcasing the thrilling moments of the sport.

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Rishabh Pant reveals the reason for the cost of DC vs SRH

Rishabh Pant, the captain of Delhi Capitals, acknowledged that his team was constantly playing catch-up during the match. Sunrisers Hyderabad's explosive performance, led by Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, set a new IPL power play record. This extraordinary start propelled SRH to a commanding 267/7, leading to a 67-run victory and securing the second position on the table, as Delhi Capitals were dismissed for 199.

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"I think power play was the difference. We were just catching up throughout the match. That was the massive difference. Hopefully, we will come back with more thought process and clear mindset," said Pant, whose 'homecoming' was spoilt by Head and Sharma's 131-run partnership.

The DC skipper also said he probably misjudged the dew factor at the Arun Jaitley Stadium and decided to bowl first after winning the toss.

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"The only thought process behind that (deciding to bowl first) was we thought there would be some dew but it didn't come. I thought if we could restrict them to 220-230, we would be in with a chance," he remarked.

In a high-octane encounter yesterday, Sunrisers Hyderabad clashed with Delhi Capitals in a thrilling IPL match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. SRH batted first, showcasing an impressive performance with the bat, amassing a commanding total of 266/7 in their 20 overs. Travis Head stole the show with a blistering knock of 89 runs off just 32 deliveries, supported by Abhishek Sharma's quickfire 46 runs off 12 balls. Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball for SRH, picking up 4 crucial wickets for 55 runs in his spell.

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Also Read: IPL 2024: Head, Abhishek, Natarajan help SRH beat DC by 67 runs

Delhi Capitals' Response

Chasing a daunting target, Delhi Capitals struggled to find their momentum and were eventually bowled out for 199 runs in 19.1 overs. Jake Fraser-McGurk stood out with a rapid 65 runs off 18 balls, but it was T. Natarajan from SRH who wreaked havoc, claiming an impressive 4 wickets for just 19 runs. Despite Rishabh Pant's 44 runs off 35 balls, DC fell short of the target against a disciplined SRH bowling attack.

Result and Impactful Performances

Sunrisers Hyderabad emerged victorious by a significant margin of 67 runs, highlighting their dominance in both batting and bowling departments. Travis Head was rightfully awarded the Player of the Match for his explosive innings. Additionally, T. Natarajan's exceptional bowling figures of 4/19 played a pivotal role in restricting DC's chase.

(With PTI inputs)

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Published April 21st, 2024 at 09:36 IST