Ricky Ponting, Delhi Capitals head coach expressed his excitement after the franchise qualified for their maiden IPL final and said that it is a great reward for all the hard work the team’s players have done so far.
Delhi defeated SunRisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in Qualifier 2 on Sunday and secured their final berth. Shreyas Iyer-led side will now meet the defending champion Mumbai Indians in the summit clash.
Ricky Ponting: Players Rewarded For Hard Work As One More Step Is Needed To Win Maiden IPL
According to Ricky Ponting, the team is one step away from their title dream. Delhi Capitals had lost both their group league matches to Mumbai and lost the 1st Qualifier too against their nemesis. In 27 matches between the two teams, Mumbai have won 15 and Delhi have won 12. Mumbai play their 6th IPL final while Delhi have reached final for the first time.
Taking to Twitter Ricky Ponting wrote, “Thrilled for the boys to make it through to @delhicapitals first IPL final, it’s a great reward for all the hard work they’ve put in since we got here and gelled together as a group. One more step to go.”
Shikhar Dhawan Top Scored With 78 While All Rounder Marcus Stoinis Picks 3 Wickets Besides Scoring 38
For SunRisers, Kane Williamson played a knock of 67 runs while youngster Abdul Samad added 33 runs but the duo failed to bat till the final over. Delhi Capitals posted a total of 189/3 in the allotted 20 overs with Shikhar Dhawan showing his class and form yet again scoring 78 off 50 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
In the final four overs, Delhi Capitals managed to add 44 more runs to their total, and as a result, the side posted a score of more than the 180-run mark which proved vital in the end. Shimron Hetmyer was unbeaten on 42 off only 22 balls with 4 boundaries and a six at a strike rate of 190.91.
Kagiso Rabada took four wickets while Marcus Stoinis scalped three wickets as Delhi Capitals defended a total of 189 runs. For Delhi Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 78 while Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer contributed with 38 and unbeaten 42 respectively.
For SRH, Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, and Rashid Khan took one wicket each. Delhi Capitals will now play against Mumbai Indians in the tournament final at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday, November 10.