Delhi Capitals banked on their young guns – Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant to overtrump Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator clash at Visakhapatnam. Delhi will now face Chennai Super Kings on May 10 (Friday) to set up a final date with Mumbai Indians on Sunday at Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, batting first, Hyderabad could manage to post 162 runs after a late heave from Vijay Shankar and Mohammad Nabi. Previously, Martin Guptill‘s flying start helped Hyderabad post 54 runs in the powerplays. But once the Kiwi opener got out, runs dried up as Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson struggled to find boundaries. But Shankar’s 11-ball 25 helped them to cross the 150-run mark after some great bowling by Amit Mishra and Keemo Paul.
During the chase, Prithvi Shaw started on fifth gear and there was no stopping him. He found the gaps with ease taking on Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Delhi Capitals registered 55 runs in the first six overs as Shikhar Dhawan looked subdued. Shaw brought his half-century and departed soon top-edging one off Khaleel. Although he got Rishabh Pant’s 21-ball 49 ensured Delhi walk past the target.
This knock is for the whole team: Shaw
Prithvi Shaw; however, has blown hot and cold in this season. He has strived for consistency but the management backed him well persisting with him despite repeated failure. Shaw dedicated this crucial knock to the whole team for believing in his abilities. The young batsman also added he believed in his own self and tried to play the natural game.
“All this is dedicated to my team as they have backed me quite well. I wasn’t scoring runs in the last few games. All thanks to support staff, players and coaches for believing in me and giving the opportunity as well. I was a bit nervous but my coaching staff helped me. I believed in myself to get my form back and went in there and played my natural game,” Shaw said at the end of the game.
Furthermore, Prithvi Shaw credited Rishabh Pant for playing a match-winning knock. The young batsman heaped praise on another youngster saying that he has always stood up for the team in need. Speaking about the Chennai game, Shaw said they will prepare hard to beat the defending champions.
“Rishabh Pant batted beautifully. Whenever we needed him, he is always there for us. Not really planned (for CSK). We will have fun tonight and leave the rest when we get to practice next. It is a big game against Chennai and we are going to prepare hard,” Shaw concluded.