Delhi Capitals chief coach Ricky Ponting said his side had planned well for the match, but their execution was “miles off” which led to the defeat against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the first qualifier on Thursday night in Dubai.
Mumbai Indians secured a spot in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 after thrashing Delhi Capitals by 57 runs in Qualifier 1 here at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.
Ricky Ponting Blames Bowlers For Defeat Against Mumbai Indians
Batting first as Delhi opted to bowl, Mumbai Indians scored 200/5 with both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan scoring fifties. Ravichandran Ashwin picked 3 wickets while Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje were too expensive. Delhi Capitals were reduced to 0/3 in the 2nd over, but a 6th wicket partnership of 71 runs between Marcus Stoinis who scored 65 and Axar Patel who scored 42 saw Delhi finishing with 143/8.
“I think it was mainly the execution in the first few overs. In the first over, we went for 15 or 16 and you are on the back foot straight away. We did fight our way back into the game… We felt that we planned really well but under pressure, our execution was miles off,” Ricky Ponting said during the post-match press conference.
Sent to bat first after losing the toss, Mumbai Indians put up a total of 200 runs on the board with Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan scoring 51 and 55* respectively. Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets returning with figures of 3/29 in the match.
Chasing the target, Delhi Capitals got off to a worse possible start as their first three batsmen in the ranks of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane went back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers.
Ricky Ponting: Marcus Stoinis Has Developed His Game Against Spin
Delhi Capitals only managed to score 143 runs with Marcus Stoinis being the top scorer for the team, playing a knock of 65 runs off 46 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. Ricky Ponting said performances from all-rounders Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin were the only positives from the one-sided game.
“I think he (Stoinis) showed today how classy player he is. He has really developed his game against spin bowling. It is great that we got something out of the game. He got some runs, Axar Patel played really well at the back and they are the only real positives, including Ashwin’s bowling spell,” he said.
Delhi Capitals will now take either Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) or Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and a victory in the next match Qualifier 2 will take them to the final.
“Sunrisers and RCB are both very good sides and deserve their position on the table. So, we will get some training done in the next couple of days and get ready for that challenge,” Ricky Ponting added on.
Delhi Capitals had lost both their league games against Mumbai Indians, and Mumbai has won 15 and lost 12 between their meetings in IPL history.