A morale-boosting win was the perfect remedy needed for Rising Pune Supergiants against Delhi Daredevils, after a string of losses. With the win at Delhi last night, the Supergiants have kept their hopes of staying in the hunt alive. The MS Dhoni-led outfit can surely seek some inspiration from the Mumbai Indians’ campaigns in 2014, 2015, where they made it to the playoffs after being down and out.
Against the Daredevils, Pune were simply on the money. The bowlers struck early to wreck the Delhi top order and accuracy from the slower bowlers meant that the Daredevils couldn’t get to a huge total. Ajinkya Rahane was rock solid at the top and carried his bat through the chase to keep his side in the reckoning.
Post his side’s win, Rajat Bhatia spoke to the media and said that the Supergiants are focusing on one game at a time. “It’s Twenty20 and you never know. That’s what happened with Mumbai Indians in 2015, and it can happen for us. The points table can change quickly and we just have to take it one game at a time, keep the focus on that game rather than thinking of the next one,” said Bhatia.
Opening up about the win last night, Bhatia said, “They kept losing wickets, two-three run-outs here and there and suddenly they were on the backfoot.” “I think they were 20 runs short, that’s what it looked like from the way they were going,” he added. “I’ve played here for so many years and I know the wicket looked really good. Once we finished their innings, we thought that if we play sensibly, we will get the target comfortably. And that’s what happened,” said Bhatia.
Bhatia also backed the recent additions in the form of George Bailey and Usman Khawaja to do well. “Usman and Geroge Bailey both know what they have to do. It’s not the first time they are playing a T20 game. Usman is a guy who is playing for his country, has just played in the World T20 and is a class batsman. He played his role, that was the most important thing,” Bhatia said.