Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant rued the 23 runs conceded in the last over to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by Australian pace bowling all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
Even with leg-spinner Amit Mishra having one over left in the bank, DC skipper Rishabh Pant gave the final over to Stoinis who conceded three sixes and a four in the last over.
Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant Felt Disappointed For Losing And Reasoned He Bowled Marcus Stoinis In Last Over For Spinners Not Getting Help
Rishabh Pant, the Delhi Capitals captain would be rueing his decision to bowl Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in the last over of the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s innings, even when leg spinner Amit Mishra had an over left, as AB de Villiers carted the Aussie pacer for 22 runs off the bat after Marcus Stoinis bowled a wide at the start.
“Obviously feeling disappointed, especially when you are on the losing side. They got 10-15 runs extra on this wicket,” said Rishabh Pant after the match before adding that he had to go for Stoinis in the last over since the spinners weren’t getting much help.
“We counted the overs really well but in the end, the spinners didn’t get the help we thought they would, that’s why I went with Stoinis for the last over,” added Pant.
RCB was 148/5 at the end of the 19th over, but Rishabh Pant had bowled out his three first-choice pacers – Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, and Avesh Khan – by then and had an over left of Amit Mishra – but instead, he went for the medium pace of Marcus Stonis.
AB de Villiers had reached his fifty by then and was ready to deliver an assault in the last over – he clattered 3 sixes off Marcus Stoinis taking RCB’s total to 171, which proved just enough for them to take the two points and climb to the top of the points table.
Rishabh Pant revealed that it wasn’t a calculation mistake to not complete Amit Mishra’s overs. But he thought the spinners were not getting much help from the conditions in Ahmedabad, and hence he turned to Marcus Stoinis over the experienced leg-spinner.
Delhi Capitals’ Skipper Rishabh Pant Praised Shimron Hetmyer Who Scored 53 Off 25 Balls For Taking Game To Last Over
DC batsman Shimron Hetmyer brought the team close to victory, scoring an unbeaten 53 off 25 balls (4 sixes and two fours). The 23-year-old skipper Rishabh Pant, however, is counting positives from their loss to RCB.
He praised Shimron Hetmyer, who returned to form as he smashed 53 off 25 balls, for keeping the chase alive till the last over, and bringing the Delhi Capitals back in the game when Rishabh Pant struggled to get going. The return of pacer Ishant Sharma from injury would be another major positive Rishabh Pant will take from the game.
“Hetty (Hetmyer) played brilliant innings. Because of him we got close to the target. In the last over, we were thinking whoever gets the ball has to finish the job for the team. In the end we were one run short.”
While Rishabh Pant smashed two fours off the final two deliveries and got to his fifty, DC fell short of a victory by 1 run, requiring 6 off the final delivery.
The left-handed Shimron Hetmyer reached his half-century off only 23 deliveries but Rishabh Pant and his unbeaten partnership of 78 runs for the 5th wicket went in vain. Delhi Capitals will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday at the same venue.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 171/5 (AB de Villiers 75*, Rajat Patidar 31; Avesh Khan 1/24 ) beat Delhi Capitals 170-4 (Rishabh Pant 58*, Shimron Hetmyer 53*; Harshal Patel 2/37) by 1 run.