IPL 2020: Ricky Ponting Reveals Reason For Sending Skipper At No. 6
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Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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IPL 2020: Ricky Ponting Reveals Reason For Sending Skipper At No. 6

Ricky Ponting, head coach of Delhi Capitals explained the reason behind sending skipper Shreyas Iyer at number six as the team stumbled to an 88-run loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). SRH scored a mammoth 219/2 after skipper David Warner scored 66 and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha playing his second game in IPL 2020 top-scored with 87 and was Man of the Match.

SRH showed no mercy as they thrashed Delhi Capitals here at Dubai. In the match, the Delhi Capitals chase faltered without ever kicking into top gear. Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer, who have promoted up the order, failed to leave a mark as Delhi were bundled for a paltry 131 in 19 overs. Rishabh Pant top scored with 36.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Ricky Ponting: Marcus Stoinis Has Been In Sensational Form And Dying For Opportunity At Top Order

Ricky Ponting said that with Delhi Capitals one down in the very first over losing in-form Shikhar Dhawan, the side wanted to match the runs scored by SRH by keeping the required run rate in control in the powerplay and hence both Marcus Stonis and Shimron Hetmyer were sent ahead of skipper Shreyas Iyer. But the move didn’t pay off as spinner Rashid Khan picked three wickets conceding only seven runs in four overs and stole the spotlight from Delhi Capitals.

“Chasing 220, with Rahane and Shikhar at the top, we thought if we lost an early wicket, we would have to match them (SRH) in the powerplay and get to 65 or 70,” said Ponting in the post-match press conference.

Rashid Khan (SRH)
Rashid Khan (SRH) (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

“Stoinis has been in sensational form in the tournament so far, he was dying for an opportunity at the top-order. And as you saw, the second ball he faced, he whacked it over long-on. It didn’t come off today but it was all circumstantial because we were chasing such a big total. Hetmyer at four and then Pant at five and Iyer at six. It was a bit of experimentation,” he added.

Among Delhi bowlers, Kagiso Rabada had an off day conceding 54 runs while Tushar Deshpande and Ravichandran Ashwin too were taken to the cleaners. The same was not the case for SRH bowlers as spinner Rashid Khan returned with figures of 3/7 and pacers T Natarajan and Sandeep Sharma too had picked up 2 wickets apiece.

Ricky Ponting Surprised By Exemplary Knock From Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha who played instead of Jonny Bairstow to accommodate fit again Kane Williamson scored 87 runs for SRH as the side posted a total exceeding 200 runs. Ricky Ponting said he expected to see Wriddhiman Saha in the playing XI but was surprised by his gutsy knock.

“Our fielding has been a bit sloppy in the last couple of games and our batsmen have struggled to find any sort of rhythm. We expected this to happen. We knew that Kane may come back for this game so Bairstow may have to sit out, which meant Saha would have to come back as a wicketkeeper,” said Ponting.

“We had a good chat in the morning before the game started on how we wanted to play against Saha, and obviously Kane if he batted at no. 4. Saha played beautifully he actually surprised me,” the coach added.

Wriddhiman Saha and David Warner played knocks of 87 and 66 respectively as SunRisers Hyderabad smashed 219/2 in the allotted twenty overs. Wriddhiman Saha hit as many as 12 fours and six sixes to score 87 off 45 balls while skipper David Warner scored 66 off 34 balls with eight fours and two sixes as Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson were unbeaten on 44 and 11 respectively.

“We opened today with Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada as how big a wicket David Warner was. We knew Saha can be a dangerous player. I think they were 77 for none at the end of powerplay and they played beautifully,” Ponting continued.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“As it has happened quite a few times in the tournament so far, when the teams have got on top of us, we’ve found it hard to drag it back. Today was a great example of that so we had some work to do on our all-round game,” he said.

With this win, SRH has moved to the sixth spot in the points table having 10 points from five wins while Delhi Capitals has slipped to the third spot with 14 points. Both Delhi and Hyderabad had played 12 matches. Delhi Capitals will next lock horns with Mumbai Indians on Saturday 31st October at Dubai while SRH play RCB on the same day at Sharjah later in the evening.