Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting's Passion For Team Gets The Better Of Him
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Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting’s Passion For Team Gets The Better Of Him

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting on Sunday said that his passion for the franchise sometimes ends up getting the better of him.

Ricky Ponting’s remarks came while commenting on a video shared by Delhi Capitals on Twitter in which the former Australia skipper can be seen celebrating his side’s win over Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season.

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)

Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting’s Passion For Team Gets The Better Of Him

Delhi Capitals got off to a very strong start as they restricted Mumbai Indians to 57/2 after 9 overs. While Avesh Khan dismissed Rohit Sharma on 7, Axar Patel struck in his first over by getting the wicket of Quinton de Kock (19). He then came back to pick up two more wickets, Suryakumar Yadav (33), and Saurabh Tiwary (15), to rock Mumbai.

The pacers then tightened the stranglehold as Anrich Nortje got the better of Kieron Pollard (6) and completed a wicket-maiden. Mumbai Indians reached 88/5 after completion of 16 overs. Eventually, three wickets each from Avesh Khan and Axar Patel, along with Anrich Nortje’s run-stemming spell restricted MI to below-par 129/8 in stipulated 20 overs.

“Sometimes my passion for my team gets the better of me! Always hard to beat MI, tough conditions for batting but Shreyas and Ashwin did exactly what we needed them to do. Great win @delhicapitals,” tweeted Ponting.

Axar Patel, Delhi Capitals, IPL 2021
Axar Patel, Delhi Capitals, IPL 2021[photo: Twitter]
Shreyas Iyer played an unbeaten inning of 33 as Delhi Capitals chased down a target of 130 with four wickets in hand and five balls to spare. Axar Patel was adjudged as Man of the Match for his three-wicket haul.

Axar Patel Planned Not To Concede Boundaries

Avesh Khan also returned with three wickets as Mumbai Indians was restricted to 129/8 in the allotted twenty overs. The head coach was also full of praise for Avesh Khan. He is second on the list for the purple cap with 21 wickets in 12 matches. Only Harshal Patel, with 26 wickets in 11 matches, is ahead of the Madhya Pradesh cricketer.

“I think after the six overs, I came onto bowl. My planning was not to concede boundaries on such a slow wicket. It was not an easy wicket for the batters to slog. Our team has Avesh Khan, he told me that we have qualified for the playoffs. Our team environment is very good,” Axar told teammate Avesh Khan in a video posted on iplt20.com.

Avesh Khan has been instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ success in IPL 2021. Image: BCCI
Avesh Khan has been instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ success in IPL 2021. Image: BCCI

Mumbai Indians bowlers started off well as they sent openers Shikhar Dhawan (8), Prithvi Shaw (6), and Australian Steve Smith (9) back to the pavilion to leave DC reeling at 46/3 after the first 6 overs. Then, spinner Jayant Yadav dismissed Rishabh Pant (26) and Axar Patel was trapped LBW by pacer Trent Boult on 9 as DC was reduced to 77/5.

Big-hitting Windies batsman Shimron Hetmyer looked dangerous during his cameo before being undone by Jasprit Bumrah’s slower ball. He was dismissed for 15. Eventually, it was a 39- run unbeaten stand between Shreyas Iyer (33*) and Ravichandran Ashwin (20*) that guided the side to a four-wicket win with 5 balls to spare. Delhi Capitals will next lock horns against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Monday.

Delhi Capitals have become the second team this season to book their place in the IPL 2021 playoffs. The Rishabh Pant-led side has 16 points to their name after 11 matches in the competition.

Delhi Capitals 132 for 6 (Iyer 33*, Ashwin 20*, Coulter-Nile 1-19) beat Mumbai Indians 129 for 8 (Suryakumar 33, Avesh 3-15, Axar 3-21) by four wickets

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